MYSORE: Noted theatre personality B. Jayashree on Friday called upon the people to bring pressure on the Government to build theatres on the lines of those in Stratford-upon-Avon in England and in Manhattan in the U.S.
“The governments in the U.S., England, France and other nations take measures for the preservation of theatre art so that people can sustain the enthusiasm of theatre.
That is why popular film artists in such countries are keen on acting in theatre. But the situation in our country is the reverse,” she said, after receiving the honorary D.Litt at the ninth convocation of the Karnataka State Open University here.
The curriculum of schools and colleges should incorporate in-depth study of folk theatrical forms.
The students getting degrees from such programmes should be given employment with financial assistance, she said.
Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, who was conferred an honorary degree (LLD), called upon the students to keep all their desires and satisfactions within their legitimate income.
“I plead with them that there is no degree in satisfaction, like more and most satisfaction. According to me, there is only satisfaction or no satisfaction. Wealth does not bring greater satisfaction or greater happiness. My message to the students is to have ambition, but not allow that ambition to become an obsession,” he said.
Mr. Hegde said he had embarked on a mission to inculcate in the younger generation the attitude towards legitimate wealth as a symbol of success. “I have visited and interacted with students of 93 colleges and schools so far in this context,” he said.
Speaking after receiving the D.Litt degree, UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat said: “You have a great responsibility towards the millions who are poorly educated or illiterate in the country. After getting a degree, the time comes to work hard for contributing at the national level.”
Writer S. Narayana Shetty (Sujana), who, after receiving the D.Litt, remembered his grandfather and teachers such as Kuvempu, Tee. Nam. Sri, Da. Ra. Bendre and Pu. Thi. Narasimhachar, for developing the essence of the literary taste in him.