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A Kannada speech as a stage show-a novel experiment in Karnataka.

Updated on June 25, 2012
Poet Kuvempu(Dr.K.V.Puttappa) on whose thoughts the play is based
Poet Kuvempu(Dr.K.V.Puttappa) on whose thoughts the play is based | Source
 A scene from the play-'Vichara Kranthige Ahwana'.
A scene from the play-'Vichara Kranthige Ahwana'. | Source
Another scene from same play
Another scene from same play | Source
The play has simple but attractive choreographs
The play has simple but attractive choreographs | Source

Can a speech by a famous person be converted into a stage play? That too- a speech that aims to provoke scientific thinking and opposes religious superstitions?

Such an effort is new to at least Kannada stage -a state language in India.In English,perhaps such efforts might have taken place long back

H.M.Rangaiah -the director

First of its kind, such an effort has been made by Mr.H.M.Rangaiah, a noted theater director living at Tumkur -A district head quarters 70 away from Bangalore .He has over 30 years experience in stage activities.His wife and Engineer sons are fully supporting him in his theatre movement and experimentation.

Mr.Rangaiah has his own troupe-' Rangataranga' i.e.Waves of theater.This troupe is now all set to stage a new play with tittle "Vichara Kranthige Ahwana"(Invitation to a revolution in thinking).

Poet Laurette KUVEMPU/ K.V. Puttappa.

Dr. K.V.Puttappa,(1904-1994) popularly known by his pen-name 'Kuvempu' who was the most popular poet in Karnataka during 20th century sought to reform society in many ways. He was against superstitions,misuse of religion and god concept, and ongoing exploitation of human beings by fellow men.His two speeches in this regard sparked great opposition in 1970s by traditional thinkers.

Mr. Rangaiah has scripted a play using those speeches .

Salient features of the play

1.The play has no story nor place.It has only thoughts.

2 .it has five characters mainly one male and four females.Presently, Mr. Rubin Sanjay(28),is playing the male role.Miss Rashmi, Akshatha ,Ramya,Nirmala Nathan ( all below 22) are playing female roles.

3 The performance is neither sex specific. Female roles are not strictly needed. It can be performed with same effect keeping,all men,old, all ladies, etc, with the same music, and choreography.

4 The play can be well performed in any environment-daylight, night, open stage, closed auditorium, etc. Effect remains the same.

With such flexibility in performance, it is a novel experiment at least in Kannada theater.



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      Santosh Rangaiah 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a ton for the article sir.

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Thank you Mr. Akshara, for your sharp observation and appreciation.

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      6 years ago

      This is an excellent article. I Had never seen a thing like this happen in Karnataka or anywhere. This experiment surely is successful and will be successful everywhere. Thank you prasadjain sir for a giving information about a whole new fascinating thing!!


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