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All set: Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale of Saanehalli village will host the Indian Theatre Schools' Meet from May 28.
All set: Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale of Saanehalli village will host the Indian Theatre Schools' Meet from May 28.

Staff Correspondent

NSD aims to promote knowledge sharing among institutions

Mysore: National School of Drama (NSD) in collaboration with Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale (SRS) has organised a five-day Indian Theatre Schools' Meet and Theatre Festival with the assistance of the Department of Kannada and Culture and Karnataka Nataka Academy (KNA).

It will be held at Saanehalli, a remote village in Central Karnataka, which houses SRS, a theatre institute and its Repertory Company.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Honorary Director of the SRS Chidambara Rao Jambe claimed that such a meet was being held for the first time in the country. According to him, till date no attempt has been made to bring all institutions imparting theatre education on a single platform. “There is no tradition of sharing knowledge among the theatre institutes, so NSD is making a new beginning in this direction”, he noted.

Sri Panditaraadhya Shivacharya Swamiji, Director Prasanna, Artiste G.K. Govinda Rao and NSD Director Anuradha Kapoor will participate in the inaugural function on May 28. H.S. Umesh will initiate the dialogue. K.M. Marulasiddappa will chair the session. Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, Minister for Sports Gulihatti Shekhar, G.M. Siddeshwar, MP, Secretary of the Department of Kannada and Culture Jayaramaraje Urs and Director of the department Manubaligar will participate in the inaugural function. Krama Vikrama directed by Nataraja Honnavalli will be the inaugural play, he said.

Theatre personalities C. Basavalingaiah, S.R. Ramesh, Prakash Belwadi, K.S. Rajendran, Rajiv Vellicheti, and Director of Rangayana Lingadevaru Halemane will participate in the discussion on the present scenario of theatre education on May 29. Students of Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi will perform on the occasion. Besides, Saphocle's Antigone will be staged.

On May 30, lectures will be delivered on strategies of traditional theatre education changes in using the spirit and strategies of folk theatre in theatre education. Director NSD RRC Bangalore Suresh Aanagalli, theatre director from Assam Bhagirathi, theatre critic Deepa Ganesh, G. Venu of Kairali (Kerala), S. Ramanath, Tripurari Shama of Delhi and Gururao Bapat will be the speakers.

On May 31, theatre critics K.R. Nagaraja, J. Srinivasamurthy, Ananthakrishnan, Santanu Bose, Prakash Babu, and culture critic Manu Chakaravarti will deliberate on issues including trends in meeting global challenges and changes in theatre aesthetics and its implications, and ways to develop an inter-disciplinary model of theatre pedagogy.

Students of the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Trichur, will stage Chummar Patrangal on the occasion.

Issues plaguing the theatre in the State will be discussed in a separate session. Theatre expert Vasanth Bannadi, Kumaraswamy, Jayaprakash Gowda, Gowri Dattu, Chairman of Karnataka Nataka Academy B.V. Rajaram and S. Malathi will participate.

Minister for Home V.S. Acharya and the former Minister B.K. Chandrashekar will participate in the valedictory function on June 1.

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