Staging of play marks conclusion of Rangavalli’s Theatre Workshop ‘Bhoomika’
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Staging of play marks conclusion of Rangavalli’s Theatre Workshop ‘Bhoomika’

March 3, 2022

Mysore/Mysuru: Rangavalli, an amateur Theatre group of Mysuru, in association with Kannada and Culture Department, Bengaluru and Vijaya Vittala Institution, had organised a Theatre Training Workshop ‘Bhoomika’, in memory of eminent theatre personality Jayatheertha Joshi.

As part of its valedictory, Rangavalli has organised staging of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Ninasam graduate Jeevan Kumar Heggodu, from Mar. 3 to 6 at RamaGovinda Rangamandira in the premises of Nrupatunga School, Ramakrishnanagar.

Thinker P. Mallesh will be starting the proceedings by lighting the lamp on Mar. 3 at 6.30 pm. The play will begin every day at 7 pm and the tickets are priced at Rs. 100.

For details, call: 99646-56482.

Bhoomika: In order to share and pass on the years of experience of Rangavalli to the younger generation, ‘Bhoomika’ Theatre Workshop is organised. First edition of the workshop started from this year and this will be an annual event henceforth.

Eminent Theatre personality Prasanna inaugurated the workshop on Jan. 5, in memory of Jayateertha Joshi.

Under the guidance of Jeevan Kumar Heggodu, a total of 34 students took part in the workshop. In order to introduce the great playwright William Shakespeare to the students, the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is being produced and staged.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the story of a wedding. Theseus, Hippolyta, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena have all fallen in love. Theseus and Hippolyta are set to be married soon and the wedding preparations are going on. Hermia and Lysander love each other, Helena loves Demetrius, but Egeus wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius.

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At the wedding celebration, a play is to be performed, whose rehearsals are going on in the forest. In the meantime, Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, are involved in an argument. Oberon sends his servant Puck on a secret assignment. An already confused scenario is further confused by an error caused by Puck during executing his assignment.

Confusion among the lovers arises that leads to chaotic scenarios. Everyone falls into this mix caused by Puck, which he himself will resolve. In the end, the happy couples unite.

Light, Design & Direction: Jeevan Kumar Heggodu; Costumes: B.N. Shashikala; Dance & Asst. Director: Karthick Upamanyu; Set, Properties & Make-up: Manjunath Kachakki; Help: Purushottama Kakambi; Background Music Operation: Manju Mangala; Musicians: Srikantaswamy, Chiranthan & Pruthvi; Stage Managers: Manasa & Sneha; Production In-charge: Raviprasad & Rajesh; Produced by: Rangavalli.

CAST — Hippolyta: Suneetha, Manasa; Theseus: Sandeep, Rajesh; Philostrate: Vasudev; Lysander: Gowtham; Hermia: Pravalika, Bhumi; Demetrius: Hoysala; Helena: Dhavana Dhanraj, Sushma; Peter Quince: R. Manju; Nick Bottom: Adarsh; Tom Snout: Rakesh; Francis Flute: Sanjay; Snug: Rakshith; Robin Starveling: Dhanush; Oberon: Pranav Swaroop; Titania: Bhargavi, Chandana Rohini; Puck: Manju, Dhanush; Fairies: Harshith, Sucharitha, Venkatesh, Shree Lakshkmi, Sneha, Prajwal, Harsha & Deepthi.

Jayateertha Joshi: Jayateertha Joshi was born in Gadag on 23rd July 1956. He was into theatre since his childhood. After finishing courses at The National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he worked as Deputy Director of Rangayana. He himself was an eminent Director and an Actor. He has directed several plays including Tamrapatra, Mruchakatika, Nanda Bhoopati, Dharmapuriay Shweta Vrutta, GK Mastara Pranaya Prasanga, Vasamsi Jeernani, Doddappa, Paying Guest, Nijada Nele Nijakkalla and others. For Rangayana, he has directed famous plays Bhoomigeetha, Taledanda and other absurd plays. His plays were performed at various places. Joshi left for his heavenly abode on Nov. 16, 2002 at a very young age of 46.

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