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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cultural highlights of Sahitya Sammelana

SHIMOGA: A play to be staged on the tree, presentation of Nadageethe through 73 melodious voices, show of musical play ‘Gangavatarana’, performance of Prabhat artists, Geeta Sangeeta programme and separate session for child poets are some highlights of 73rd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana.

For this time, Sammelana will be conducted up to four days. This will help to provide platform for 500 artists to expose their talent. Delegates can spend their time here by tasting different kind of programmes.

Artists troupe ‘Guru Jyothi Kala Sangama’ of Bangalore will perform Kannada drama ‘Nele’ on the tree in front of Dr B R Ambedkar Bhavan. It is identified in Limca Book of Records as the first experiment which aimed to convey the importance of environment. It was appreciated by various viewers in Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow and Delhi.

‘Nele’, directed by Nagaraj Kote, speaks about the threatens to the environment and struggle of poor for shelter simultaneously. The story intended to highlight exploitation against environment and poor condition of poverty-stricken family.

In the inaugural session of Sammelana, totally 73 artists will present Nadageete ‘Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate’, penned by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu. They will sing it under the musical direction of senior artist Vasanti Shenoy and Yuvaraj.

Musical drama ‘Gangavatarana’ based on poems of Dr Da Ra Bendre will draw the attention of number of delegates. Bendre had presented his poem titled Gangavatarana during his presidential address in 27th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Shimoga in 1942. Drama is directed by senior theatre artist Kantesh Kadaramandalagi.

It was already staged in Bangalore and appreciated by many theatre personalities including the heads of Karnataka Nataka Academy.

Kantesh Kadaramandalagi said, “ I have selected 12 poems of Bendre to introduce the specialty of poet. Drama aimed to focus on the views of Bendre. Nagabhushan will act as young Bendre and I will play the role of old-age Bendre,”

Prabhat artists will introduce the milestones of Karnataka through their two-hour long performance titled ‘Karnataka Vaibhava’. It will give new kind of experience to the delegates.

Renowned singers Yashavanta Halibandi, Puttur Narasimha Naik, Rameshchandra, Ambaiah Nuli, Hema Prasad and other artists will sing the poems to be presented by Prof K S Nisar Ahmed, Dr G S Shivarudrappa, Dr Chennaveera Kanavi, Dr Siddhalingaiah and other 12 poets in Geeta Sangeeta programme.

Totally 27 children will present their poems in separate session.

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