The turnout at the World Theatre Day celebrations, jointly organised by Venugram Samskrutik Pratisthan and the Department of Kannada and Culture at Chindodi Leela Ranga Mandira here on Wednesday evening, was more than expected. The theatre was packed to capacity.
Writer, poet and painter Chandrakant Kusnur, who inaugurated the celebrations, criticised the lack of government support and public patronage of such a wonderful art form.
He observed that modern theatre was sandwiched between TV culture and red-tapism of the government. It continued to struggle to maintain its identity and carry out its duty of holding up a mirror to society, he said.
Writer and dramatist Shirish Joshi said theatre had always been under pressure and threats from various sections of society, including the establishment. However, it had come a long way, inspiring, transforming, educating public on human conditions in all its vulnerability and strengths. This was possible because theatre portrayed the realities of life.
Earlier, pratishthan president Lateef S. Kunnibhavi welcomed the gathering. Writer Basavaraj Jagjampi spoke. The inaugural function was followed by the staging of Kuvempu’s play Balidaana by artistes of Chandrashakher Pratisthan, Bangalore. The play was directed by Mahantesh Degavi.