The five-day Swarna Kadamba Natakotsava, organised by Kadamba Ranga Vedike on its successful completion of 50 years in association with Department of Kannada and Culture, commenced at Vanaranga auditorium in Rangayana premises here yesterday.

The event was launched in a befitting manner by Theatre Director C. Basavalingaiah by playing on the Dolak.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the programme, Basavalingaiah said "Amid globalisation, technological development and a new wave sweeping all sectors, it is laudable that Kadamba Ranga Vedike is celebrating its 50th anniversary."

"Several of the small screen TV serial artistes have a good background of theatre. Kalamandira, once earmarked for plays, is being utlised more for staging other programmes indicating a drop in theatre groups. The trend could change one day as college students are being trained in theatre as part of their curriculum," he opined.

Senior theatre person Dr. N. Ratna released a commemorative volume 'Bangara Bagina', a compilation of Kadamba Ranga Vedike's growth over the last 50 years.

Playwright B.S. Keshava Rao, Theatre Director Prof. H.S. Umesh, theatre artistes Srimathi Hariprasad, Varadaraj Hemmige, B.K.N. Rao and R.S. Giri were felicitated on the occasion.

Kannada & Culture Assistant Director K.N. Annegowda inaugurated a photo expo on the occasion. Vedike President Rajashekara Kadamba, C.V. Sridhar Murthy and others were present. 'Ondu Prashne, Halavu Prashnegalu' and 'Bara Andhre Yellarigu Ishta' plays will be staged today by Niranthara Foundation artistes.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore