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‘Tippu Nijakanasugalu’ play by Rangayana director Addanda Cariappa released

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Mysuru: ‘Tippu Nijakanasugalu’ a Kannada play authored by Rangayana Director Addanda C Cariappa was released, amid heavy police security on Sunday.

Writer S L Bhyrappa, former chairman of Textbook Revision Committee Rohit Chakratheertha, Mysuru- Kodagu MP Prathap Simha and pro-Hindu thinker Vadiraj released the book brought out by Ayodhya Publications, at Bhoomigeetha in Rangayana.

The play will be enacted on stage from November 20.

In his welcome address, Addanda Cariappa explained about the various facts that prompted him to write the play on Tipu Sultan. 

Referring to historical references on how Tipu converted Kodavas into Islam, who are since then addressed as ‘Kodava Mapilles’, Cariappa said “one of my ancestors was also converted into Islam. So also the ancestor of Congress leader in Kodagu Pradeep”. 

Cariappa said “It was really personal and emotional reasons that coerced me to write a play. The incident of Tipu Jayanti that claimed the life of Kuttappa at the hands of others was yet another reason”.

Recalling the particular reason when the then Union Minister K Rahman Khan announced to set up an University in the name of Tipu, Cariappa said ” I was a part of the meeting held aftermath at RSS office in Kodagu, where I came in contact with many, especially Vadiraj, to launch a movement against any such attempt. Since then Vadiraj prodded me to share my thoughts about Tipu at several programmes as a main speaker”.

It was Vadiraj again who sprouted the idea of writing on Tipu, said Cariappa.

Cariappa also expressed his regrets over how a campaign was launched against him, painting him in a bad manner, ahead of the release of the play.

To substantiate, he also read out a WhatsApp message in Kannada, shared extensively by a retired artist of Rangayana, with derogatory words used to address him and those in his coterie.

Earlier the programme which was scheduled to be held at Vanaranga the open air theatre was shifted to Bhoomigeetha, due to the fear of rainfall.

As a precautionary measure police had made elaborate security measures, frisking every visitors at the main gate of Rangayana and the entrance of Bhoomigeetha Auditorium.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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