Chamarajanagara: The Border District, Chamarajanagara is deprived of stage for drama, and other arts despite being rich in folk and tradition.
The district that was birfurcated from Mysuru District 24 years ago yet the Kannada and Culture Department has failed to construct a Ranga Mandira to facilitate artistes so far. This has led artistes having to perform in under-equipped stage or temporary stage costing more financial burden on them.
Though Kannada and Culture Department constructed a Ranga Mandira beside District Administration Office in Chamarajanagara, it is yet to be inaugurated as the interior construction is yet to finish, which is on since last ten years. The officials nor elected representatives have taken any interest in completing the Ranga Mandira.
This is story of District Headquarters, while story of Taluk Centre is no different. The Construction of Suvarna Karnataka Kannada Bhavana in Kollegala is still going on since a decade by Kannada and Culture Department. Even in Gundlupet the Government announced the construction of Karnataka Kannada Gadi Bhavana which is yet to be completed.
The District has been identified as native of folk arts, and these activities are being organised continuously in the District. The Shantala artistes, Ranga Vahini and Ranga Taranga Prayogagala Trust too are organising vultural events, frequently. The cultural teams from outside, Rangayana and other famous artistes are hesitant to present show in the District as it lacks theatre.
The artistes are depending on JH Patel Ranga Mandira which lacks light and sound systems. The Kannada and Culture Department has spent Rs. 6.50 Crore for construction of Kannada Ranga Mandira but construction is yet to be completed. The Government has spent Rs. 1.75 Crore for Suvarna Karnataka Kannada Bhavana in Kollegala but it requires another Rs. 38 lakh for its completion.
K. Rangaraju, an artiste of Shantala Artists’ Forum said that the negligence of officials and politicians is the reason for non-completion of the Ranga Mandira in the District. He regretted that though the Government has sufficient funds, the lack of will power of elected representatives is causing delay in completion of the theatre.