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Kalamandira in Mysore

Rangayana (Kannada: ರಂಗಾಯಣ) is a theatre institute which operates from Mysore, Karnataka, India. It works as an autonomous cultural institute. The organization consists of a professional repertory company, a theatre-training institute and a documentation and research centre. Rangayana offers courses in stage craft, preparation and presentation of plays in Kannada. It also conducts programs for promotion of Kannada theatre. Rangayana hosts a theatre festival in Mysore every year.[1] Rangayana is the only government sponsored repertory in the country.[2] It is also undertaking a project to introduce theatre to kids and has created a children's repertory in association with the International Theatre Institute and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.[2][3]


Rangayana was started by Government of Karnataka in 1989 for promotion of stage crafts and plays.[4] The project was the brainchild of B.V. Karanth and he was appointed as the first director of the institute.[2] He continued in that position till 1995 when C.Basavalingiah took over from him.[5] Prasanna was appointed as the third director of Rangayana in 2001. It was during his time that Rangayana started weekend performances. However Prasanna resigned from the position in 2003 due to conflict of interest between him and the Department of Kannada and Culture.[6][7] Prasanna had a clash with the Government of Karnataka too when the government decided to cut back on the annual grants provided to Rangayana in 2003.[8] However, due to strong protests by various cultural bodies the government continued with its grants. Chidambara Rao Jambe of Ninasam fame was appointed as the fourth director .[9] Bhagirathi Bai Kadam is the present director.[10]

Divisions and infrastructure

Rangayana consists of professional repertory company, a theatre training institute called Bharatiya Ranga Shikshana Kendra and a documentation and research centre called Sriranga Ranga Mahiti and Samshodana Kendra.[11]

Repertory company started performing two times a week regularly on weekends at Bhoomigeeta theatre at Mysore in 2002. Later in 2006, the weekend theatre program was reduced to one day a week citing busy schedule of artists.[12] In addition, regular tours are conducted throughout Karnataka performing in different towns. It also attends national drama festivals held at different cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal.[11]

The theatre training institute was started by Rangayana in 2001-02. It provides vocational training for teachers, social activists and amateur theatre personalities. The institute offers a one-year diploma course in theatre. In addition, the institute has established links with the state government and conducts training in the field of communication skills, personality development, leadership development etc. for the employees.[11]

The documentation and research institute hosts a library related mainly to theatre. The center hosts seminars and discussions throughout the year at Mysore.[11] A huge repertoire of untapped folk proverbs, epigrams, ballads, images and metaphors can still be found in the center.[13]

Rangayana hosts different stages for performance such as Bhoomigitha, Vanaranga, Sriranga, Kutira and an art gallery called Lankesh art gallery bearing the name of popular writer and journalist P. Lankesh.[11]


Rangayana organizes theme based national festivals that receive good response and attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Theatres groups performing in different Indian languages and a troupe from abroad take part in the festival every year. Festival also hosts handicrafts exhibition, book exhibition, art exhibition, food festival, seminar and interaction with leading theatre personalities.[1]

In order to reach people all over Karnataka, repertory conducts annual tours to different towns in the state which is called Ranga Yatre.[14]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Annual Theatre Festival at Rangayana". Online Edition of Mysore Samachar. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Right on the cue". Anjali Kaiappa B B and Islahuddin N S. in Deccan Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  3. "Workshop on children's theatre from Monday". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 13 June 2004. Archived from the original on 15 August 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
  4. "Drama Institutions in Mysore". Online Edition of Mysore Samachar. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  5. MENON, PARVATHI. "A genius of theatre". www.hinduonnet.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2005.
  6. "Prasanna resigns as Director of Rangayana". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 October 2003. Archived from the original on 20 November 2003. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  7. "Resignation final, says Prasanna". Staff correspondent on The Hindu. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  8. "Govt. move to stop grants to cultural bodies questioned". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 11 October 2003. Archived from the original on 11 November 2003. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  9. "New dreams for Rangayana". Padmaraja Dandavati on Deccan Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  10. "Director of Rangayana (ರಂಗಾಯಣದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು)". rangayana.org (in ಕನ್ನಡ). Archived from the original on 22 March 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "About Rangayana". Website of Rangayana. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  12. "Weekend theatre will be one-day affair". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 13 May 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  13. Bharucha (2001), p74
  14. "Who said Rangayana serves only Mysore?". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 January 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.

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