MYSORE: After `Malegalalli Madhumagalu,' Rangayana will serve the theatre buffs with new productions at its weekend shows as its new director, Lingadevaru Halemane, plans to bring in freshness to the theatre repertory.

A day ahead of the final show of the epic production, based on poet laureate Kuvempu's mega work that has come as a breath of fresh air to the repertory, Halemane is seeking to take the momentum forward. As he took charge as the director on Thursday, the theatre activist for over three decades set his eyes on rejuvenating Rangayana. "The best way to do that is to stage a new play," he stated.

He said: "What is happening now (staging of `Malegalalli Madhumagalu') is a creative event. We need new plays for the weekend shows. We need to innovate and look for new vistas," he told reporters. He is the sixth director of Rangayana.

Kannada and culture joint director Ka Ta Chikkanna, who is holding additional charge since October after the exit of theatre personality and Rajya Sabha member, B Jayashree, handed over the charge to him. Though the name of Halemane, a linguist by profession, was cleared by the chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in November, the appointment was kept on hold without assigning any reasons. Halemane did not hide his displeasure for the ignominy he was put through when he said the government named him to the post though he did not lobby or was an aspirant. He, however, thanked the CM, who heads Ranga Samaj, the apex body governing Rangayana.

Halemane, who served as honorary principal of Bharateeya Ranga Shikshana Kendra, a unit of Rangayana working for children theatre for four years, is seeking to give a new look to repertory's educational plans.

Referring to the launch of diploma course by Rangayana, he stated: "When I was serving as the principal of the Kendra, we approached the University of Mysore to grant us affiliation for research in theatre activities. I'll take it up now. There are also plans to introduce a degree course in theatre."

Even as there is focus on infusing new lease of life to the repertory, Halemane is also particular that new talents should come to Rangayana. This is important to sustain the theatre activities, he stated. On the equation with the artists that led to exit of his predecessor, he was cautious saying, he will hold discussions with them and try and resolve their problems. "I want this to be a creative zone and not a conflict zone," he added.

Courtesy : Times of India