In a shocking development that triggered wild protests from Rangayana artistes, the Deputy Secretary of the Kannada & Culture Department K. Sudhakar Shetty yesterday ordered immediate removal of Rangayana Director Dr. B.V. Rajaram and appointed Department Commissioner K.R. Ramakrishna to take charge forthwith.

The abrupt development came as a shock to the artistes of the repertory, whose protest against the transfer of 12 of their colleagues to two different repertoires in Dharwad and Shimoga entered its second day yesterday and the enraged artistes staged a flash stir along with Dr. Rajaram in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office last night condemning the action against Rajaram for taking their side in opposing the transfer.

They also presented a memorandum to Governor H.R. Bharadwaj through Deputy Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda following which Dr. Rajaram said that he would launch a struggle against the Department’s decision of shunting him. He also alleged that he had been targeted for supporting the artistes.

Dr. Rajaram, who had been appointed as Director of Rangayana on Sept.11, 2011 has been shown the door after a brief period of about 16 months as against the four-year term for which he had been appointed.

It is reported that Dr. Rajaram was among those who had pressed for action against K.R. Ramakrishna and Rangayana Dy. Director Nirmala Matapathi for acting with ulterior motives in transferring the artistes, ignoring election code of conduct.

Artistes to move HC: Meanwhile, Rangayana artistes, who have been transferred to Dharwad and Shimoga repertories have decided to file a petition at Karnataka High Court and a decision to this effect was reportedly taken at a meeting of like-minded people who also decided to form a Co-ordination Committee of litterateurs and Rangayana artistes besides inviting Rangayana officers for talks.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore