Bahuroopi National Theatre Festivals begins in Mysore
Mysore, Dec 5 (UNI) Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival, with 'Agriculture and Farmers' as the main theme, began with the staging of a street play at Belagola in Srirangapatna taluk near here today.
Kannada cine actor Darshan Thoogudeep inaugurated the week-long extravaganza in a unique manner in the premises of the Government Middle School, amdist the cheering crowd of children and large number of villagers.
Four artistes of city-based Rangayana school of drama, doing the roles of farmers came dancing on the stage. One of them carried a clay model of an Ox (Basava) on his head placed on a wooden plank.
Darshan inaugurated the festival pouring a vessel full of water on the Ox, drencing the artiste, even as the artistes sang a folk song 'huyyo huyyo malerayaa' (calling the rain god).
Speaking on the occasion Darshan said that great actors who excelled in the field of cinema had came from professional theatre groups which mainly depcited the rural life. He complemented Rangayana for decicating the festival to agriculture and farmers who promoted the theatre since ages.
Prof H S Ramachandre Gowda, Professor of folklore, University of Mysore, who was Chief Guest, hoped that the theatre festival would create awarness among the farmers on various issues including the dangers of globalisation and farmer suicides.
Chidambara, Director of the Rangayana and well known theatre personality Jambe explained the villagers them about the festival.
Rangayana artistes staged a play 'Neeru Kaledide' (water is lost), while children from a Orissa-based troupe staged a play 'Gooit Puva'.
Kuteer, an exhibition organised as part of the festival had over 20 stalls showcasing handicrafts, folk dresses and traditional eateries. Ten varities of plough were also kept in the exhibition to recall the age old method of cultivation.
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