MYSURU: Writer and Critic Nataraj Huliyar said on Sunday that great women playwrights have not emerged in Kannada because they did not “approach” the work of Shakespeare.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of an interaction on ‘Shakespeare and Kannada culture’ organised by Rangayana as a part of Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival in the city.
“I questioned many young writers who seem to have read not even a single play of Shakespeare. Everybody should read Shakespeare’s plays, not only playwrights,” he said.
On experiments on plays of Shakespeare in Kannada, he said Kannada theatre has made many experiments on Shakespeare’s plays in the past two decades and Rangayana has the lion’s share of it. Even theatre troupes like Ninasam are no exception, he said. Through this, Kannada theatre is taking Shakespeare towards new milestones continuously, he said.
Huliyar said Shakespeare helped Kannada authors in many ways to create new characters in their work. For instance, Shakespeare’s influence can be seen in ‘Bharathipura’ of U R Ananthamurthy, ‘Biruku’ of P Lankesh, he said. ‘Marappanayaka’, a play presented by inmates of Mysuru Central Prison was based on a play of Shakespeare. Late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, had also brought plays of Shakespeare to stage when he was in jail, he said.
At a seminar earlier, writer K S Bhagavan said the language of Shakespeare was very simple which can be understood easily.
Director B Suresh said many movies inspired by the plays of Shakespeare were successful in India but it cannot be the same in the movies adhered to the original stories of the “greatest playwright”.
Dr Suma Embar and Prof Naganna spoke on ‘Shakespeare: Contemporary Reading.