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Nataka Academy Awards announced! Venugopal’s vision for theatre gets a boost

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Mysuru: Dr M S Venugopal a retired law professor who adapted Supreme Court cases into theatre to educate law students has got his due. He is now honoured with prestigious Karnataka Academy Award with the new list announced by the government on January 4.

Born on January 17, 1945, Venugopal couldn’t have asked for anything more as a gift ahead of his 75th birthday.

This cultural intellectual has the credit of giving a theatrical touch to interesting cases heard in supreme court and house of lords and educate the law students. What makes it interesting further is, Venugopal is visually challenged, but his vision to take to take theatre to newer heights deserves a deafening applause.
 
Even now at the age of 75, he exudes same enthusiasm and zeal towards theatre as he  has dedicated his life to the art and cultural development in Mysuru. 
 
Venugopal’s tryst with theatre started at the age of 16, whic remains still with a youthful force. He has recently written a play titled “Anthima” based on Indian Constitution. It was performed in front of thousands of government school teachers and students in different parts of the state. 
 
Venugopal shared his first reaction with Mysoorunews.com where he stressed on development of theatre to fulfil the dreams of society. It is a construction process, which I enjoy and use for the purpose of education. I ventured into theatre during my SSLC days. Initially I was performing before my parents and they enjoyed it. Later, I joined Anka theatre troupe and performed plays in various places of Mysuru, during the course of which we developed the concept of thousands of street plays and performed in public places. There are instances of performing in front of cinema halls, where movie buffs who were returning home with the tinge of disappointment for not getting ticket, also stopped only to watch the play”, he said. 
 
An alumnus of Maharaja’s College and Sarada Vilas Law college and University of Mysore, he has the credit of teaching at JSS Law college, Saraswatipuram in the city for more than 30 years. He was the brain behind the concept of moot court. He was also a part of National Service Scheme (NSS) for 20 years and reached villagers and educated them about global issues through theatre, he added.
 
He has written 70 plays and performed more in front of the people than stage. His popular programme “Dinakkondu Kathe” is widely accepted in Mysuru.
 
Venugopal’s family members are happy about the award and proud about his achievements.
 
– Team Mysoorunews

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