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Need to conserve native art forms stressed

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA, FEB. 18. The noted theatre personality and director of Rangayana, Mysore, Chidambara Rao Jambe, has stressed the need to establish schools of higher learning in the field of folk, traditional, and heritage arts in Karnataka.

He was speaking at a seminar on "The challenges before theatre," organised as part of the Taralabalu Hunnime festival here on Friday.

"We need to conserve various native arts and art forms, including Doddata, Sannata, Srikrishna Parijata, for the future generations.

Such institutions, where various art forms can be learnt under one roof are doing great service in Kerala," he explained.

He said that Rangayana, a State Government aided repertory, should not be reduced to a drama troupe. It should become a stepping stone for a theatre movement.

Speaking on the occasion, T.S. Lohitashwa, film artiste and theatre personality, said that good dramas cannot be created without a good audience.

"The role of the audience is very important in the development of theatre culture. In Maharashtra, theatre is a part of life. In Karnataka, the social atmosphere is not conducive owing to the growing intolerance in society," he said.

The former president of the Karnataka Nataka Academy C.G. Krishnaswamy regretted that theatre directors have failed to identify and tap rural talent.

He said that a national theatre festival should be held at Sri Sanehalli Sri Mutt, where an open-air theatre has been built in the old Greek style at the cost of Rs. 40 lakhs.

Sri Panditaradhya Shivacharya Swamiji of Sri Sanehalli Mutt felt that theatre could unite people of all sections of society.

He wanted to use the theatre medium to prevent youth from becoming anti-social elements.

Srinivas G. Kappanna, noted theatre expert, spoke on the occasion.

Sri Shivamurthy Shivacharya Swamiji, the pontiff of Sri Taralabalu Mutt, presided over the seminar.

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