Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: The troupe of Kannada Kala Sangha, Tungabhadra Dam, Hospet, has bagged eight awards at the three-day National Theatre Festival organised in memory of poet Kuvempu in Mumbai from February 20.

The troupe staged Jotegiruvanu Chandira, Kannada play written by Jayant Kaikini and directed by Dhananjay Kulkarni, at the festival.

Mr. Kulkarni won the awards for best direction (second place), best music, best design (third place); Hanumakka won the best actress award; Rashmi bagged the third place in the best actress category; Sadanand won the award for best costumes and Ravi Kulkarni won the award for best light designing (second place).

The play was adjudged the second best drama at the festival.

This is not for the first time that the troupe has been winning awards.

Apart from winning the Best play award for three successive years (‘Dafan’ in 1999, ‘Nayee kathe’ in 2000 and ‘Rakshasa’ in 2001), the troupe has bagged around 33 awards in the last 10 years.

Mr. Dhanajay told The Hindu that the play would be staged in various cities in the State including Dharwad and Bangalore soon.