MYSORE: Bahuroopi, the nine-day theatre festival organised on the theme ‘Jnanpith Rangotsava’ by Rangayana, concluded on a successful note on
Thousands of theatre buffs from various parts of the country witnessed the colourful end to the festival at Vanaranga.
Delivering the valedictory address, litterateur Dr C P Krishnakumar praised Dr B V Rajaram, director of Rangayana, for successful completion of Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival and the discussion on eight
Jnanpith awardees of Kannada in colleges.
“Amidst influence of television and cinema, Rangayana succeeded in drawing audiences from all sections. But it is not enough. Rangayana should focus mainly on moral education as it is the need of the hour,”
Referring to the superstitious beliefs and political uncertainty witnessed in Karnataka, he condemned the government for not dealing with social evils like Made-Made Snana, child marriages etc and added that even intellectuals are not expressing their firm stand on such issues. Rangayana should play a major role in eradicating such social evils, he urged.
Dr C P Krishnakumar observed that the state government itself creating disputes instead of finding solutions, while quoting its proposal of introducing Bhagavad Gita in syllabus. “Instead of disturbing communal harmony, the state government should publish a booklet, a summary of all religions, and introduce it as a textbook. This will strengthen communal harmony and build a peaceful society,” he said.
Rajya Sabha member B Jayashri released a CD of ‘Sadarama’ play and highlighted the role of theatre in building a healthy society.
KDA Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru, Rangayana Director Dr BV Rajaram, Kannada and Culture Department secretary Basavaraju were present among others.