It is a drama unit and its artistes cannot be transferred, he says

Writer and Padma Shri winner Devanoor Mahadeva has urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Minister for Kannada and Culture Govind M. Karjol to step in to solve the imbroglio in Mysore Rangayana because it was a drama unit and its artistes do not fall under the ambit of transfers.

In a press release issued here on Thursday, Mr. Mahadeva said that as per the Cadre and Recruitment (C &R) Rules, Rangayana had been termed a “unit by itself and its location was Kalamandira, Mysore”.

The officials should have noted the terms and references carefully before deciding on the deputation issue and related matters. He felt that the deputation could have taken place due to “oversight”. If not, it would amount to an act of vengeance, Mr. Mahadeva said.

Writer B.V. Karanth had envisioned a repertory unit to give a boost to theatre much before the birth of Rangayana here and he perceived all artistes under the repertory as different parts of the same body.

Through the ups and downs of Rangayana, its experimentations in the field of theatre would be remembered by all. However, efforts have been made to “sever off the parts of the body (repertory)”, which was very unfortunate, he noted.

Equally distressing was observing World Theatre Day on Wednesday (March 27) as Black Day by the artistes who had dedicated themselves to the cause of Rangayana for more than two decades. If the government or its officials had noted the nomenclature, “Nataka Karnataka, Rangaghataka, Kalamandira, Mysore”, they would not have resorted to deputations or interfered in the affairs of Rangayana here, Mr. Mahadeva stated.

The government must intervene immediately to retain the basic structure and ideals of the repertory which it stood for.

Even if the government wants to review the functioning of the repertory, it should take the artistes into confidence before arriving at a decision, Mr. Mahadeva said. This sort of a step, however, would not be a courtesy or on humanitarian grounds but would well be within the purview of law, he added.

Mr. Mahadeva visited the artistes in the morning and interacted with them.

A few other writers also visited the artistes to extend support to their cause.

Strike continues

Meanwhile, the artistes’ strike demanding cancellation of the deputation of artistes and reinstatement of B.V. Rajaram as Rangayana Director, entered the seventh day here on Thursday.

Raviprasad, secretary of the Rangavalli troupe and B.N. Shashikala, an artiste, staged a fast here on Thursday in support of the demands of the artistes.

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