ON THE second day of ‘Adaranjali’, a communicative discussion was held to recall the valuable contribution of noted artiste B V Karanth towards uplifting theatre. The programme was held at Bharat Bhavan on Saturday to mark the fourth death anniversary of Karanth.
Four personalities associated with theatre, including Karanth’s wife Prema, shared their experiences with the eminent artiste.
Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Mehta said that he was still striving to understand the eminent personality through his prolific plays.
Karanth had infused a special role for music and had the acumen to create music from anything. Later, Mehta also read out an article — Rangmanch Ka Gandhi, Baba Karanth..
Alok Chatterjee said that Karanth had always viewed theatre through his own lens. He had never tied himself with a single tradition and was always eager for new experimentations. He had always desired that more prominence be given to children’s theatre. Despite his association with films and serials, it was theatre with which he was strongly knitted, Chatterjee added.
Reminiscing the work of Karanth, Kirti Jain said that even if he repeated the play, the freshness would always be there. He was one of the most creative theatre artistes in the post-Independence era. He was intricately involved in traditional, commercial and modern formats of theatre, she added.
In the end, Prema Karanth recollected the theatre prowess of her late husband. She said Karanth always spelt on the pertinence of training and re-orientation programmes, adding, “he had always felt that theatre should have a local colour and local dialect. The Karnataka government did not understand this, which saddened him a lot. This was even mentioned in his autobiography. I always found his rehearsal process extremely strange. Despite indiscipline, a magic always seeped in his final presentations”, she added.”
Mentioning about his vast collection of books she said, “I am trying to preserve his more than 15,000 books and a slew of musical instruments but I also need the support of the people and the government.” She said Karanth had always wanted to make 4-5 repertoires.