Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2020

Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s Magnus Opus Play ‘Malegalalli Madumagalu’ makes History in Modern Indian Theatre Concludes with a Significant Turnover of Audience

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 Bengaluru, March 17, 2020: The fifth edition of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s ‘Malegalalli Madumagalu’, the overnight play, winded up with its 111th show on March 7th, 2020. Claiming a place in Modern Indian Theatrical History, the nine hour drama showcased exceptional passion on stage and was applauded by the audience. Attracting district, national and international level audience, the remarkable overnight theatre production, first of its kind in India, exhibited over 100 shows.
The momentous display of art in a novel and grand manner attracted a humungous crowd throughout the duration. It has renewed the love for drama among drama enthusiasts and given birth to new theatre lovers as well. Although the shows on Mondays and Wednesdays saw less audience, weekend shows ran houseful leaving many slightly disappointed but eagerly waiting to get into the next show. Throughout its course, the play saw a crowd of approx. 80,000 and received outstanding feedback.
Malegalalli Madumagalu, which is translated to ‘Bride in the Hills’, is based on Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s Kannada novel on the same name and reflects on the socio-economic conditions that prevailed in the 19th century.  The play’s beauty, romance and tragedy took over four massive open air stages at the Kalagrama from dusk till dawn, captivating the crowd with 36 songs and80 performers from all South Indian states including the students of National School of Drama, Bangalore Centre.
The first series of this play was unveiled in the year 2010 at Rangayana, Mysuru with the able efforts of the than Director (I/c) and eminent writer Sh. Ka. Tha.Chikkanna along with other writers, various professional artists from Rangayana, and amateurs from across Karnataka.  Since 2010, it has now travelled to Kalagrama, Bangalore. Audience from various parts of the state from layman to people of eminence have viewed this play with enormous passion and spread the word to others to develop similar excitement.
Novel adaptation and lyrics by Dr. K.Y. Narayanaswamy, Concept and Directed by C. Basavalingaiah, the magnus opus play is presented by National School of Drama, Bangalore Centre, in collaboration with Department of Kannada and Culture, Govt. of Karnataka. Malegalalli Madumagalu has seen extraordinary reception by the audience and has become the talk of the town on social media platforms. Thanks to all media publications for their support through carrying coverage of the event on their dailies.
Behind the Scenes
National School of Drama Bengaluru Centre in collaboration with Dept. of Kannada & Culture, Govt. of Karnataka presents Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s Malegalalli Madumagalu, a 9-hour-long play all through the night.
Light Design:                 Nandakishore K R
Sound and Light System:        Umesh
Light Execution:            Prashanth Kumar
Costume &Properties Design:    Pramod Shiggav
Makeup:                Ramakrishna Belthur
Documentation:            Praveen Malnad and Thai Lokesh
Publicity Design:            Vinyasa Muniraju
Public Relations:            Ganesh Shetty, Commstrat
Assistant Director:             Rajesh Kundar
Music Execution:            Gajanana T Naik
Set Design:                ShashidharAdapa
Adaptation and Lyrics:        Dr. K Y Narayanaswamy
Music Direction:            Hamsalekha
Concept & Direction:             C.Basavalingaiah
Office Administration NSD, BC:
K M Chandrashekar            Programme Coordinator
Kusuma K C                Senior Clerk
ArpitaBenakanahalli            Junior Clerk
SiddappaDoddamani            MTS
Collaboration        : Kannada and Cultural Dept. Govt. of Karnataka
 Presents                  : National School of Drama, Bengaluru Centre, Kalagrama, Bengaluru

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