Artistes agree to stage the play on May 13 and 15
MYSORE: In view of mounting demand, Rangayana has decided to extend the run of Malegalalli Madumagalu by two days.
Secretary, Kannada and Culture, B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs, told presspersons here on Wednesday that despite the strain of performing for nine hours on alternate days from April 23, over 100 artistes involved in the mega production had agreed to stage the play on May 13 and 15.
Mr. Urs thanked director C. Basavalingaiah, art director Dwarakanath, music director Hamsalekha, costume designer Pramod Shiggav and K.Y. Narayanaswamy, who adapted the 750-page magnum opus by Kannada writer Kuvempu to theatre.
Mr. Urs said that Rangayana had decided to stage Malegalalli Madumagalu to protect cultural values from liberalisation and market forces. Stating that theatre lovers from various parts of the country were thronging Rangayana, he said that the experiment had belied the belief that theatre had lost its audience, especially the younger generation, to the visual media. “Even after 10 shows, there is great demand from the audience. Theatre lovers from various parts of the country are calling and asking for tickets,” he said.
To a question on extending the performance further, he said that it would be difficult to convince the artistes.
He said that though the seating capacity was 300, Rangayana had admitted 50 people more.
“We don't want to disappoint those coming from far-off places,” he said.
Sri Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka Trust felicitated Mr. Basavalingaiah, Mr. Narayanaswamy and Hamsalekha, besides artistes at Bhoomigeetha in Rangayana on Wednesday.
Mr. Urs felicitated the artistes, and the former Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore J. Shashidhara Prasad presided over the function. Joint Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, K.T. Chikkanna, was present.