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Bengaluru to mark World Theatre Day with a two-day programme dedicated to staging of plays
In Bengaluru, World Theatre Day celebration was inaugurated by theatre director Ramdas this morning at Kamal A. Baliga Hall in Dodannagudde locality, said a Karnataka Nataka Academy's notification. Beginning from today, the two-day event celebrates the performing are of theatre at Samsa Ranga Bayalu Mandira and Ravindra Kalakshetra.

The highlight of programme for today will be the play Rangagithe by Basvaraja Bantanura and H. Basavaraja Narasalagi in the evening followed by the play Vishwaranga Sandeshagalu by Allama Rangashale, directed by Rajappa Dalavai.

The second day's programme features staging of Rangagithe by Rangachaithanya art troupe; Rangadrushyavali by Natyaswaraswathi Shantala troupe and Aagamana by Aneka troupe at Ravindra Kalakshetra.

The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2016, the Russian stage director Anatoli Vassiliev, said that the theatre could tell us everything. "How the gods dwell in heaven, and how prisoners languish in forgotten caves underground, and how passion can elevate us, and how love can ruin, and how no-one needs a good person in this world, and how deception reigns, and how people live in apartments, while children wither in refugee camps, and how they all have to return back to the desert, and how day after day we are forced to part with our beloveds, - theatre can tell everything," he added.

According to him, the theatre has always been and it will remain forever and we needed theatre that always remains different, we need theatre of many different kinds.

"Because if you take a look at all the public arts, you can immediately see that only theatre is giving us - a word from mouth to mouth, a glance from eye to eye, a gesture from hand to hand, and from body to body. It does not need any intermediary to work among human beings - it constitutes the most transparent side of light, it does not belong to either south, or north, or east, or west - oh no, it is the essence of light itself, shining from all four corners of the world, immediately recognizable by any person, whether hostile or friendly towards it," he stated.

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