The city will host a children’s theatre festival, where the plays will be enacted by students for students for five days between February 6 and 10. Organised by the National School of Drama, Regional Resource Centre, the dramas and comedies would range from Shakespeare to Shivaram Karanth – all distilled and presented in a child-friendly format.

Announcing this to presspersons on Monday, Suresh Anagalli, Regional Director of the School, said that although the children’s drama fest, titled Malebillu (falling rain) has been conducted annually for the past 12 years, each year choosing a different district. This is the first time Dakshina Kannada will be playing host.

“As the title suggests, the festival is usually conducted after summer.

However, due to unavoidable reasons, it had to be rescheduled to February,” he said.

On Wednesday, Pushparani , written by Jnanpith Award winner Chandrashekhar Kambar, will be performed by students of J.S.S. High School, Mysore. The next day, Kuvempu’s poem Narigaligeke Kodilla will be presented as a play performed by mobile theatre troupe from Bangalore.

On Friday, the Chinnari team from Manipal will present their own production Rekke Kattuveera , scripted by B. Suresh, which portrays an anti-war tale that traces the effects of the Hiroshima bombings. February 9 will see two plays: puppetry production of Rabindranath Tagore’s Anchemane followed by Shivaram Karanth’s Puttiyu Sihimulangiyu .

An adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be presented for children as Dham..Dhoom..Suntaragali , adapted by writer Vaidehi.

Director Sadananda Suvarna will inaugurate the festival while Vaidehi will be the chief guest at the valedictory.

The festival will be held at the Don Bosco Hall, Balmatta starting 6 p.m. The entry is free for all. For details, call: 8970214657, 9611745022.

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