Theatre activists to deliberate, draft a report on the issue

Theatre activists from across the State will participate in a seminar here on Sunday where discussions will be held and a report drafted on establishing Rangayana units that can function freely without government or bureaucratic interference. The report will be submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Minister of State for Kannada and Culture Umashree

According to a statement from the Writers’ and Artistes’ Forum here on Thursday, Rangayana must have administrative and functional autonomy to be able to function and fulfil the aspirations of the theatre community.

This move comes in the wake of the Mysore Rangayana controversy in March when its director B.V. Rajaram was sacked and six artistes each were deputed to the Shimoga and Dharwad Rangayana units.

Members of the forum stated that post-globalisation society posed several challenges and commercial interests had eroded the culture of plurality. There was a need for the forum to revisit and assess the design, structure and activities of Rangayana, they said.


According to them, the Rangayana here, established by B.V. Karanth, was “stillborn” even after 25 years. It had been kicked around by politicians, bureaucrats, and Ranga Samaja, they alleged. Only a strong and vibrant theatre would reflect the true aspirations of society and safeguard diverse cultures and languages, they said.


The first session at the seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and discussions will be held on ‘Theatre: cultural crisis’.

S.G. Siddararamaiah will give the formal introduction, while K. Marulasiddappa, writer, will deliver the presidential address. The second session at 11.30 a.m. will be on ‘Rangayana: in search of new identity’.

The next session at 12.30 p.m. will be on ‘Rangayana: functional responsibilities and human resource’.

The afternoon session will be at 2 p.m. on the topic, ‘Rangayana: emerging ideas, futuristic perspectives’.

The last session at 4 p.m., presided over by N. Ratna, will finalise the report.

Some of the well-known persons who will take part are Chidambara Rao Jambe and Srinivas G. Kappanna.

  • ‘Only a strong and vibrant theatre will reflect the true aspirations of society’

  • Report will be submitted to Siddaramaiah and Umashree