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Mysore to host theatre festival in December

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, NOV. 12. Bahuroopi, a national theatre festival, will be organised here by the theatre repertory, Rangayana from December 1. The theme for this year's festival is "Children's Problems and Rights." The five-day festival will be inaugurated by noted Manipuri theatre artiste Ratan Tiyam.

Speaking to presspersons here today, the director of Rangayana, Chidambararao Jambe, said that the Chairperson of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sonal Mansingh, would participate in the inaugural function at Rangayana. He said that theatre and stage artistes from across the country would participate in the theatre festival, and more than 35 productions in Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bihari, Manipuri, English, Malayalam, and Kannada would be staged. An important feature of the festival would be the participation of the Tajruba Theatre Group from Iran.

Troupes

Chorus Repertory from Manipur, The Company from Chandigarh, National School of Drama from New Delhi, Nava Kala Theatre from Patna, Bharatha Natya Mandali from Poona and Abhinaya from Tiruvananthapuram are some of the theatre groups participating in the festival, he said. The troupes from Karnataka include Rangayana, Chinnara Mela, Namana, Thontadarya Kala Ranga, I.K. Boluvar's troupe.

Folk theatre forms such as Tamasha of Maharashtra, Bhavai of Gujarat and Gooti Puva from Orissa would also be staged.

Interactive sessions

Stating that there many professionals had produced plays about children, he said that the festival would create a platform to bring together creative talent from all over the country and abroad. Other activities planned during the festival include a two-day workshop on "Language and Theatre — Verbal and Non-verbal medium," organised in association with the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL).

Street plays, a book exhibition, children's film shows, a handicrafts and food exhibition would also be organised.

Kalamandira

The festival would be held at Bhoomigeetha, Vanaranga, Sri Ranga, Kalamandira, and Janapada Ranga, at the Kalamandira complex. Bhoomigeetha is the main theatre of Bahuroopi and is an intimate theatre space while Vanaranga is an open-air theatre. Kalamandira, which has been a hub of amateur theatre activities in Mysore, is also the biggest theatre in Karnataka.

While Sri Ranga is a studio-theatre suited to small cast performances, Janapada Ranga is the open-air theatre for folk performances.

Mr. Jambe said that the festival would cost around Rs. 20 lakhs, and efforts were being made to raise resources from various quarters.

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