Mysuru: Kannada and Cultural Minister Umashree inaugurated the 50th year celebrations of Samatentho, one of Mysuru’s amateur theatre troupe and also launched a special screening of a short film made as part of the 50th year celebrations at Kalamandir here on Sunday, November 6.
Speaking after launching the 50th year program, Umashree said, “Samatentho, over the last 50 years has contributed immensely for theatre by staging various plays. Through its various plays, it created various awareness programmes and attracted many people. The theatre troupe also served as a launching pad for many artistes. Writers and artists have come to limelight and the whole credit goes to the Samatentho team members”. On the occasion, the minister also mentioned that the department is mulling to come with a book depicting the journey of theatre in last 50 years.
80-year-old Rameshwari Varma who received Kannada Rajyothsava award in literature category is also one among the founder of this theatre troupe. It can be brought to light that Rameshwari Varma was a reader in Regional Institute of Development Studies and head of Department of Women Studies, University of Mysore and founder director of Centre for Women’s Studies, UoM which was established in 1989. She was also the member of Karnataka State Commission for Women. She has to her credit many research papers in journals of international repute. She is into literary field for more than 55 years.