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Popular actors having roots in theatre must continue to encourage plays: Rajendra Karanth

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Mysuru: “Theatre is an unique art, as it engineers the society with different dimensions. But nowadays dedication is more important”, said theatre person and film actor Rajendra Karanth.

Rajendra Karanth, who is a familiar name in Kannada theatre, is also known for his acting on big and small screens. He is now busy with a theatre production in Mysuru.

“Mallige Thotadalli Murder” a murder mystery is ready to be staged on March 23 at Kiru Rangamandira in Kalamandira at 7 pm.

Karanth has directed the play for Abhiyenthararu an exclusive theatre troupe of engineers and engineering students in Mysuru.

Rajendra Karanth shared his words with Mysoorunews.com about theatre in Karnataka and its sufferings with many innovative ideas to take it to further heights.

These days youngsters come to theatre but won’t stay for a long time. They just take a step and leap on to small or big screens, but they must focus more towards theatre. Theatre is like a therapy and it expands one’s views and really builds socially required personality.

In Karnataka theatre activities are dwindling due to various factors, especially the lack of theatre related infrastructures in Bengaluru and other cities. For example Ravindra Kalakhstra and other theatres in Bengaluru which aren’t easily accessible.

Those talents who build a career from theatre must stick to it and engage in repeat shows. Popular actors who have their roots in theatre must continue to engage themselves at least as audience and encourage new theatre productions, Rajendra Karanth felt.

In Karnataka theatre and theatre persons need to think more about the growth of the realm. In Marathi and other few languages and States theatre activities gain momentum as they use resources properly. While in Karnataka we also have resources but should he utilised ethically, Rajendra Karanth added.

Since two years Covid scenario has disturbed the society. Hence there is a demand for plays that promise light comedy and mysteries on the stage to attract the people towards theatre. So, we are staging ‘Mallige Thotadalli Murder’.

Karanth has directed more than 60 plays in Kannada and is a recipient of various state and national level awards.

Rajendra Karanth is also a part of the play. He plays the role of sub-inspector.

Mustafa Khan has designed the set, Music by Sriharsha Hunsur and coordination by H S Suresh Babu.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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