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NSD branch likely soon

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Theatre persons, officials hold meeting with Prakash, Mahadeva Prasad Theatre persons, officials hold meeting with Ministers



INTERACTION: The director of National School of Drama from New Delhi, Devendraraj Ankur (second left), meeting Kannada and Culture Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad at Vidhana Soudha on Friday. Theatre personalities K. Marulasiddappa, Prasanna, Srinivasa Kuppanna and "Mukhyamantri" Chandru are seen. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE: The National School of Drama (NSD) is now hopeful of establishing its branch, a long-pending demand of the organisation, in the State in its golden jubilee year to be observed from January 2008.

NSD director Devendraraj Ankur told this at a press conference here on Friday after holding talks with Minister for Home and Parliamentary Affairs M.P. Prakash and Minister for Kannada and Culture H.S. Mahadeva Prasad.

Karnataka Nataka Academy chairman Srinivas G. Kappanna, its former chairman K. Marulasiddappa, MLC "Mukhyamantri" Chandru, Prasanna of Samudaya, artiste K.V. Nagarajamurthy, Director of Kannada and Culture K.T. Chikkanna and D.R. Sareen and Suresh Hangal of the NSD were present at the talks.

The NSD had submitted a proposal to the Union Government seeking to establish centres at Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Manipur, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Union Government was keen on establishing NSD branches in Karnataka and Assam in 2008, he added.

Establishing a branch of NSD in Karnataka had been in the pipeline for over a decade. But the NSD could not go ahead for want of infrastructure. As the State Government had agreed to handover its Gurunanak Bhavan auditorium, the long cherished dream would hopefully be a reality soon, Dr. Ankur said.

Mr. Mahadeva Prasad clarified that there was no room for anxiety and confusion as the objectives and functioning styles of the State-sponsored Rangayana and NSD were different.

The meeting was held in the wake of a fast by Mr. Prasanna, in Bangalore in the first week of January, demanding national theatre status for all the 18 scheduled language theatres on a par with the Hindi theatre and inclusion of theatre training in the school curriculum at the national level.

Mr. Prasanna ended his fast at the intervention of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajashekharan and following assurances held out by Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Ambika Soni.

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