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Rang Mandir now cheaper to rent

Firoz Rozindar

Decision comes as boon to many theatre, folk troupes in Chitradurga


Ticketed events will be charged Rs. 5,800 for half a day and Rs. 8,800 for a full day event

A Rs. 28.5-lakh proposal has been sent to the Government for renovation of the Rang Mandir




Majestic:The Ta. Ra. Su. Rang Mandir in Chitradurga.

Chitradurga: The decision of the district administration to reduce the rent for the Ta. Ra. Su. Rang Mandir here has come as good news to artistes from the district.

Several artistes and promoters for years had been urging the district administration to reduce the rent which they felt was too high for theatre and folk troupes.

The rent used to be Rs. 4,000 for half a day and Rs. 7,000 for a full-day event at the Rang Mandir. Now it has been brought down to Rs. 2,000 for half a day and Rs. 3,000 for full-day bookings for drama, cultural programmes and literary events.

Programmes other than these will be charged the earlier rates. Ticketed events will be charged Rs. 5,800 for half a day and Rs. 8,800 for a full day. The new rates came into effect from January 1, 2011.

“We are happy with the decision, which will help financially weak cultural troupes. We had been putting pressure on the Government saying that unless the rent was reduced, it would not be possible to promote folk artistes who can't pay the exorbitant rent with their limited earnings,” said K. Nagaraj, member of the Karnataka Nataka Academy.

B. Neelamma, Assistant Director, Kannada and Culture Department, said that right now it was not possible to reduce the rent any further as the expenses had to be met.

She said that unlike Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore, where events were held for over three weeks in a month at least, in Chitradurga, hardly four to five programmes were being held.

Ms. Neelamma said that a Rs. 28.5-lakh proposal had been sent to the Government for the renovation of the Rang Mandir.

The renovation plan included purchasing new chairs and curtains and replacing the flooring with granite tiles. “We are also planning to install a new sound and light system, which will be taken up in the next phase,” she added.

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