Theatre enthusiasts in Mangaluru are in for a treat as the Astitva (R) Mangaluru, in collaboration with Ranga Adhyayana Kendra and Department of Kannada St Aloysius College, Mangaluru, is organising the “May Flower Art Festival.” The festival will showcase international theatre performances in Kannada, English, Konkani, and Malayalam languages.
The festival commenced on May 5, 2023, and will continue for four days, with five plays in total. On the first day of the festival, the play ‘Kendonians’ in Kannada directed by Arunlaal from Kerala was performed by Astitva (R.) Mangaluru at 3 pm.
The festival has also included plays in English, Konkani, and Malayalam languages. On May 6, ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’, a play in English written by Dario Fo and directed by Sweedal D’Souza from Ranga Adhyayana Kendra, St Aloysius College, was staged at 6.30 pm.
On May 7, the play ‘Sikeram Driver’ in Konkani, written by Mickmax and directed by Donny Correa from Correa and Team, Dubai, was staged at 6 pm.
On the final day of the festival, May 8, 2023, the play ‘Jockey’ in Malayalam, written by Girish Gramika and directed by Chandran Karuvakode, was staged at 5.30 pm. Additionally, ‘Hang-On’, a Konkani play directed by Clanwin Fernande’s from Ranga Adhyayana Kendra, St Aloysius College, was also staged at 6.30 pm.
The festival has been a major hit with theatre lovers, and entry to all plays is free. This festival has provided a unique platform for theatre groups from different languages to come together and showcase their talent, further promoting cultural diversity and harmony.