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Theatre festival from today

Staff Correspondent

Photo exhibition to be held on the life of CGK

— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Tribute:Plays will be staged every Sunday till July 25 as part of the CGK Memorial Theatre Festival in Mysore.

MYSORE: “Greeshma Rangotsava”, a theatre festival being held for the past few years in June and July, has been renamed CGK Memorial Theatre Festival, in memory of noted theatre personality C.G. Krishnaswamy.

The CGK Memorial Theatre Festival will be held on Sundays from June 20 to July 25.

The festival, a brainchild of noted theatre personality Prasanna, was launched in 2001 by Rangayana to encourage amateur theatre artistes. Participation of rural troupes is the highlight of the festival. In a press release, Rangayana Director Lingadevaru Halemane has said that CGK played a pivotal role in the Samudaya movement. He was responsible for expanding the limits of Kannada theatre. He also identified himself with the Bandaya and Dalit movements.

A photo exhibition on the life of CGK would be held from June 25 to July 25, Mr. Halemane said. Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Gangubai Hangal University of Music and Performing Arts Hanumannanayak Dorai will inaugurate the theatre festival on Sunday, after which Aa Ooru, Ee Ooru, play written by G.B. Joshi and directed by Hulagappa Kattimani, would be staged, the release said.

Bangalore-based Rangamantapa troupe will present Gandhi Banda, directed by Champa Shetty, on July 4; Sadananda Suvarna Pratisthana of Mangalore will stage Male Nilluva Varege, directed by Sadananda Suvarna, on July 11; Udaya Kalavidaru of Sagar will stage Mahabharatada Eradu Notagalu, directed by Guru Rao Bapat, on July 18; and Samatento troupe of Mysore will stage Muktha Dhaara, directed by H.S. Umesh, on July 25.

All plays will be staged at Bhoomigeeta.

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