There is a need for proper documentation of the evolution of the domain of theatre in Karnataka, theatre activist Prasanna said.

He was in the city releasing ‘D.S. Chowgale avara yelu natakagalu’, an anthology of plays authored by D.S. Chowgale at Kamala Nehru National College for Women on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the Kannada theatre has developed a distinct style and character. Kannada playwrights wrote under the impact of modernism in the 1970s. A strong sense of pessimism can be noticed in these works. There was less emphasis on exploration of human relationships in the works written during this period, he said.

Mr. Chowgale has ventured to present various facets of the life of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in his plays, Mr. Prasanna said. Being a matured writer, Mr. Chowgale has avoided glorification of these personalities, he added.

Writer Pradeep Malgudi said the political developments Karnataka has witnessed in recent times can become the subject for many plays. Mr. Chowgale in his plays has analysed the socio-cultural changes triggered by urbanisation and industrialisation, he said.

The programme was organised by Sirivara Cultural Academy and Kalavidaru Shimoga, a forum of theatre troupes of Shimoga. Playwright D. Chandre Gowda, author D.S. Chowgale, and theatre activist S.C. Gowrishankar were present.