In an effort to bring English and Kannada theatre closer together, the Karnataka Nataka Academy has initiated a unique theatre festival called Kannada Rangabhoomi - Namaskara. The festival features a collection of six Kannada plays written by prominent Kannada playwrights being performed in English by prominent English theatre groups in the city. On October 24, Artistes Repertory Theatre presents Girish Karnad's Yayati, which the playwright himself has translated. The play is directed by Arundhati Raja. On October 25, Voices performs Nanna Tangigondu Ganda Kodi or "A Groom For My Sister". The play has been written by P. Lankesh and translated by Prakash Belawadi and is being directed by Ashish Sen. Bangalore Little Theatre performs Smashana Kurukshetra or "The Kurukshetra Graveyard" on October 26. The play has been written by Kuvempu, translated by Prabhu Shankara and is being directed by Vijay Padaki. On October 27, Version One Dot Oh! performs Sriranga's Kattale Belaku or "Shadows in the Dark". The play has been translated by Usha Desai and is being directed by Srikrishna.On October 28, Top Cast present Chandrasekhar Kambar's Mahamayi, translated by Laxmi Chandrashekar and directed by Ravi Kumar. Vedike rounds off the festival on October 29 with T.N. Seetharam's Nammolagobba Naajukayya or "Soul For Sale", directed and translated by Ritwik Simha. All shows kick off at 7.30 p.m. at the Ravindra Kalakshetra. Tickets, priced at Rs. 100 and Rs. 50, can be booked online on www.iticket.in or by calling 41204553 or 41500444. They are also available at the venue.

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