The search for Directors of four Rangayanas in the State has begun. Ranga Samaja, the governing body of Rangayanas in the State, is expected to meet this evening in Bangalore under the Chairmanship of Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree, who is also the President of Ranga Samaja, to select the candidates for the Director’s post for all the four Rangayanas.

The main focus would be on the post of Rangayana Director in Mysore. While there is no clear information on the candidate selected for the prestigious post, it is said that theatre person Janardhan (Janni) is a prime contender. Now, for the other three Rangayanas in Gulbarga, Dharwad and Shimoga districts, the number of aspirants for the post has gone up to more than 100.

Calling for the job !

Sources said that the members of Ranga Samaja were getting calls from people recommending the candidature of all and sundry. It is said that some of them were even getting calls from working journalists, Police officials and other bureaucrats asking them to be considered for the post.

It is also believed that there is a heavy lobby from politicians from Shimoga, Dharwad and Gulbarga to name the candidates of their choice as Directors. This is the first meeting of the newly-formed Ranga Samaja which includes thinker Prof. G.K. Govind Rao as one of its members.

The members are said to be in a dilemma over the selection of a candidate for the Directors’ posts in Shimoga, Dharwad and Gulbarga. While the prestigious institution in Mysore has completed 25 years, Rangayana in Shimoga is yet to complete two years while the one in Dharwad has been functioning from the past 4 years.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Siddharamaiah had announced the commencement of yet another Rangayana in Gulbarga during this year’s budget. Now, the daunting task for the State Government and Ranga Samaja would be to select able candidates for the posts and provide necessary infrastructure for all other three Rangayanas. For now the only theatre repertory to have good infrastructure is the Rangayana in Mysore.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore