With the stalemate regarding the transfer of a few Rangayana artistes from city to Shimoga and Dharwad continuing, about 100 theatre artistes of city and from other parts of State interacted on the issue today at Rangayana premises.

The interaction titled 'Kannada theatre- A futuristic view (in the backdrop of Rangayana)' was presided over by theatre exponent Dr. K. Marulasiddappa.

Former Rangayana Director Chidambara Rao Jambe, artistes Srinivas G. Kappanna, S.R. Ramesh, Surendra, J. Lokesh and others participated.

Ramesh pointed out that a good co-ordination was missing among the artistes, officials and government now. He strongly opposed the division of Rangayana artistes into three groups and deploying two groups to Rangayana units in Shimoga and Dharwad. He regretted that the dream of late B.V. Karanth to build a strong repertory was still a mirage.

Jambe speaking on the occasion sought good social security for artistes and constitution of a Theatre Authority.

The artistes took active part in three sessions on cultural crisis in theatre and Rangayana's identity, ideas and future.

At the valedictory to be held in the evening, theatrist N. Rathna will present a report on the deliberations, which will later be submitted to Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore