You need to be either a Kannadiga or a significantly above average theater-lover
to want to go to this. This is a "theater festival" spanning 2 days, but the plays
are in Kannada.
A little bit about the people behind this. The Kannada Natya Ranga was founded
in 1968 by a group of Kannadiga art-lovers based in Hyderabad. They initially
concentrated on theater, but eventually moved on to include dance, music and folk
art in their activity. They now do about 6 programs every year, though the focus
is still on theater.
This event has 2 dramas on the 2 days. The 19th has Devayani, performed by artists
of the association themselves. This is a mythological play originally written
by Jnanpith awardee Handelkar, and was translated to Kannada by Inamdar. The story
is quite popular in Indian mythology, and is about Devyani, the daughter of Sukracharya,
the Guru of the Asuras.
The 20th has Kattale Belagu, a social play by Sriranga, and presented by a group
from Karnataka called Galeyare Balaga. This is being sponsored by the Department
of Kannada Culture, Karnataka.
Please contact Gundu Rao at 473-3980 for further details.