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INFORMATIVE: Visitors going through the exhibits at the Bangalore’s ADA Ranga Mandira on the occasion of its centenary celebrations on Friday.
INFORMATIVE: Visitors going through the exhibits at the Bangalore’s ADA Ranga Mandira on the occasion of its centenary celebrations on Friday.

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Radio and television channels giving a new impetus to theatre: B.V. Rajaram

BANGALORE: The media has not only been playing a vital role in documenting the theatre activities but encouraging and protecting theatre culture that had been facing stiff challenges for its survival, Chairman of the Karnataka Nataka Academy B.V. Rajaram has said.

Mr. Rajaram was speaking at the valedictory of the six-month centenary celebrations of the Amateur Dramatic Association (1909) organised by the academy here on Friday.

He said there was a general dictum that “each fresh performance on the stage dies with the end of the show.” But the media had kept each performance alive through its comments as no performance could be enacted afresh twice. It was in this context the media had been rendering indelible services to the cause of theatre, he said.

Although staging a play could be traced to early dates of history, there was not much records in the context of the State. Besides media, many periodicals dedicated to theatre were born with zeal and died instant death or went to hibernation because of various reasons, including financial crunch. Fortunately, radio and television channels had been giving a new impetus to the theatre along with the print media in these days, he said.

He urged the print media to consider cultural activities such as theatre as a State event instead of treating it as local event unrelated to other parts of the State. An exhibition of hundreds of articles on stage activities and drama reviews published in the print media since early 1950s and a seminar on the development theatre and the role of newspapers, periodicals, television and radio channels and website marked the event.

Media Academy chairman D.P. Parmeshwar and the former chairman of the Nataka Academy K. Marulasiddappa participated in the event.

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