Mangalore, Sep 18, 2014: Speaking at an appreciation camp organised by Karnataka Nataka Academy, at Ravindra Kala Bhavana of University College here, MLA J R Lobo has said that the Karnataka Nataka Academy should chalk out programmes to attract youth to theatre art forms.
The MLA said that theatre is a medium to convey message to the society. Theatre acts as a mirror to the culture of a society. Watching a play helps to relax mind and body.
University College Principal Satyanarayana Mallipatna said that Kannada theatre did not grow in coastal Karnataka though there are great theatre artistes in the region. Kannada is being used to a great extent in Yakshagana. Lack of Ranga Mandira has emerged as a hindrance for staging a play. Various organisations and colleges are doing their best to re-establish interest in theatre culture.
Search of new story : Play and Film Director Vijaykumar Kodialbail said Kannada theatre was at its peak when plays like ‘Hayavadana’, ‘Tughalak’ were staged by various troupes under the direction of different directors. But, now youth are searching for new storyline. Globalisation, as well as multiplex, Facebook and WhatsApp culture also affected the development of theatre. With new story idea, youth can be attracted to theatre activities. Tulu theatre has fairly preserved its identity even to this day.
Senior Director P Sanjeeva Dandakeri called upon students to engage in theatre activities as a hobby.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor stressed on the role of extra curricular activities in the overall development of a student.
Karnataka Nataka Academy Member Kalpana Naganath said that plays teach values of life. However, without the Ranga Mandira it is difficult to develop theatre culture in the region.
Drama staged : Sanketha Mangalore staged ‘Aaalada Bilalu’, a Kannada drama directed by Vidheya. The play was followed by a discussion. Nataka Academy Registrar Siddaraju was present on the occasion.