Special Correspondent

Aavishkara of AIDYO will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual festival

Troupes from Bangalore, Bellary, Gulbarga and Dharwad will performArtistes from West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi will also take part

Bangalore: When seemingly radical views on contemporary socio-economic issues have to be projected, regular theatre facilities may not always be available. This sheer necessity led to the revival of street plays some decades ago. Actually, it was a revival of a long-standing rural tradition when folk art mostly had the village or streets as its stage.

With no stage and no props and no lighting or acoustics to be carted around those with, a message could spread fast, moving from village to village as often as they could.

Aavishkara, a progressive cultural forum of the All India Democratic Youth Organisation (AIDYO), has been organising street plays in Bangalore for the past nine years. The 10th anniversary celebration of the annual festival is to be held from January 22 to January 29 at Malleswaram Grounds.

The annual festivals, which usually last three days, have over these years provided a platform for over 80 plays and popularised street theatre which was threatening to fade away. Over the years the organisers have been enthused by the fact that people throng these plays even when it rained or was too cold. This year there will be plays, dances and dance drama along with music. The festival is to be inaugurated by writer Sri Chennaveera Kanvi. Director T. Seetharam will attend the valedictory on January 29.

Aavishkara and troupes from different districts such as Bangalore, Bellary, Gulbarga and Dharwad, Ankura, Indian People's Theatre Association, Samudaya, Chitra, the children's troupe Makkala Mantapa, Bhoomika, Paraspara, United Artists, Shantala Kalavidaru of Chamarajnagar and Samskara Bharathi of Dharwad will participate.

There will also be theatre troupes from West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

In addition to the plays, there will be folk art demonstrations such as Henike Kunita and Mullina Kunita by a troupe from Dharwad, a ballet by Natyaranga directed by Shubha Dhananjeya, Kavya Kuncha demonstration, Bendre Nrutyaroopaka by Sanskara Bharathi of Dharwad and songs by different artists.

While the main events in the evenings are expected to attract large crowds, there will be opportunities for students to be a part of the various events during the day.

Inter-collegiate cultural competitions for students, seminars of theatre, art and literature, poets' meets will also be conducted.

The events for the morning will be inaugurated on January 22 through performances by clarionet artist Narasimhalu Vadavati and a vocal Hindustani concert by singer Vasavati Shrada Bharat, followed by a talk on Art and Social Change by Krishna Chakraborti, Member, Central Committee of Socialist Unity Centre of India.

Preparations for the festival are on.