Sumanasa cultural service organisation will organise a national-level multi-lingual theatre festival here from February 22 to March 3.

Basuma Kodagu, general secretary of Sumanasa, told presspersons here on Thursday that the festival was being organised as part of the valedictory function of the decennial celebrations of the organisation. Ten plays, two seminars, screening of award-winning children’s films in eight schools, and an art exhibition would be held.

A Tulu theatre festival and a seminar on Tulu theatre would be held in association with the Karnataka Tulu Sahithya Academy during the festival.

The plays which would be staged during the national theatre festival included “Vanity Bag” by Sanchari Theatre, Bangalore; “Nandaraj Vinod” by Aneka, Bangalore; “Innobba Dronacharya” by Karnataka Sangha, Mumbai; “Kunta Kona, Mooka, Jaana” by Vishwajothi Panchakshari Natya Sangha; “Kino Kou”(Assamese) by Dapon Assam; “Begum Panniker” (Malayalam) by Theatre repertory, Sri Sankaracharya, Sanskrit University; “ Abhijath Jantu”(Marathi) by Vasathrao Achrekar Cultural Foundation; “Tulsi”(Konkani) by Kalakul Konkani repertory; “Cheethe”(Kodava) by Rangabhoomi, Kodagu; and “Government Inspector”(Tulu) by Karavali Kalavidaru, he said.

All these plays would be staged at the open air theatre at Bhujanga Park at Ajjarkad here.

Seminars on “Rural plays in national theatre” and “Need of innovation in Tulu plays” would be held at the Jagannath Hall, Badagabettu Cooperative Society, as part of the festival, Mr. Kodagu said.

Prakash Kodavoor, president of Sumanasa, and Bhaskar Bachanbailu, and M.S. Bhat, Chandrakanth Kalmady, office-bearers, were present.

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