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New LOOK: Sculptor Daneshwara Muth giving final touches to the Kindarajogi statue at the Rangayana in Mysore.
New LOOK: Sculptor Daneshwara Muth giving final touches to the Kindarajogi statue at the Rangayana in Mysore.

Muralidhara Khajane

It gets a fresh coat of paint; broken hands have been replaced

The statue was displayed at a Dasara exhibition 18 years ago

It was installed at Rangayana to mark the successful production of a Kuvempu play

MYSORE: Visitors to the Rangayana here will get to see a new face of Kindarajogi from Tuesday. The 20-foot tall statue at the entrance of Rangayana, which has been symbolising the sad state of affairs at the theatre repertoire with its broken hand and faded colour for long, has got a facelift. This comes at a time when the Government has decided to fill the post of Rangayana director that has been vacant for the past seven months.

Theatre lovers appealed to K.T. Chikkanna, Joint Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, during one of his visits here to rejuvenate the statue and he agreed to do so.

The work on infusing new life into the statue was handed over to Daneshwara Muth who sculpted it eighteen years ago, and the work has now been completed.

The statue has an important place in the history of Rangayana. It was installed to mark its milestone production — “Bommanahalli Kindarajogi” directed by B.V. Karanth, founder-director of the repertoire.

“Bommanahalli Kindarajogi,” was a play by Kuvempu based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin . In the play, Kindarajogi promises to rid Bommanahalli village of rodents for a fee offered by the headman. He does his job, but does not get the promised reward. He sends the children of the village into a trance and takes them into the folds of a rock, never to return. It was the second play directed by B.V. Karanth.

Mr. Muth says that the sculpture was conceived for display during a Dasara exhibition. But Mr. Karanth wanted it to be installed in front of Rangayana. To make the sculpture more strong, it was re-worked at a cost of Rs. 25,000.

After eighteen years, the statue has got a fresh lease of life. The broken hands have been replaced and it has been given a fresh coat of painting. The statue can last for another 50 years, provided it get a new coat of paint every year, Mr. Muth says.

“I was offered the work when I was studying in the Chamarajendera Academy of Visual Arts. I created a sculpture using iron rods, clothes and Plaster of Paris. After Dasara, Karanth wanted it to be installed permanently at the entrance of Rangayana to mark the success of the play’s production. I worked for two months on the statue. By using mesh and cement, I created this majestic statue”, reminisces Mr. Muth.

“When Rangayana asked me to refurbish the statue, I readily agreed, as it was an opportunity for me to infuse life into my own creation. I worked for nearly 21 days and the statue has got its original charm. It provided me an opportunity to pay tributes to Mr. Karanth”

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