Kannada, Tulu and Telugu plays to be staged

Nama Tuluver Kala Sanghatane will organise a nine-day drama festival, “Mudradi National Theatre Utsav”, at Mudradi village in Udupi district from February 25.

President of the sanghatane Sukumar Mohan told presspersons here on Monday that plays in Kannada, Tulu and Telugu would be staged at a specially constructed stage at Mudradi.

This stage was constructed for Surabhi troupe from Andhra Pradesh, which would be staging two Telugu plays for the first time in this region, he said.

The plays to be staged were “Ori Mastrena Kathe” (Tulu) on February 25, “Shivaratri” (Kannada) on February 26, “Karnikada Shanishware” (Tulu) on February 27, “En Huchuri Yake Hinge Adhtheeri” (Kannada) on February 28, “Patala Bhairavi” (Telugu) on February 29, “Maya Bazaar” (Telugu) on March 1, “Karnabhara” (Kannada) on March 2, and “Pilipatthi Gadas” (Tulu) on March 3.

All the plays would be staged at 6.30 p.m., he said.

On the concluding day of the festival (March 4), magician Kudroli Ganesh and his team would present a magic show, “Ranga Jadoo”.

A seminar on “Basics of theatre presentation and their possibilities” would be held from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on February 26, he said.

Besides, there would be wrap-around events during the festival such as theatre photo exhibition, folk dance by various teams from different parts of the country, a folk fest, felicitation to select eight troupes, and exhibition and sale of books, Mr. Mohan said.

Director B. Suresh would inaugurate the festival on February 25, while Jnanpith Award-winner Chandrashekhar Kambara would participate in the valedictory function on March 4, he said.

Nama Tuluver Kala Sanghatane troupe, established in 1987 at Mudradi, a small village in Karkala taluk, experimented with modern theatre. It had toured different parts of the country. The troupe had bagged over 145 awards and prizes for its work in Kannada and Tulu theatre, he said.

It had been organising a nine-day theatre festival, “Navarangotsava”, during Navaratri annually. On the occasion of its silver jubilee last year, Nama Tuluver organised a national-level drama festival for the first time. Enthused by the response, it was organising the national-level drama festival for the second successive year, Mr. Mohan said.

Secretary Sudhir Rao, joint secretary Umesh Kalmady, theatre director Sripad Bhat, and Prasad Rao were present.

  • It is being organised by Nama Tuluver

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  • Director B. Suresh would inaugurate the festival