THEATRE ACTIVITIES AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL/PARTICIPATION IN AMATEUR THEATRE/ACTING IN FILM

Did Concept designing and Script writing for the following Productions besides playing roles:

  1. “Fascinating Astronomy: You Thrill Us and We Admire You” Did Concept Designing and Script Writing between March and May of 2020.

  2. Readings

    at Mandya Ramesh’s Natana Rangashale, Mysuru on 15.2.2021

    at Kala Suruchi, Mysuru 23.2.2021

    Mysore Astronomical Society, (Webinar), 26.7.2020

    at Chinmaya School teachers, Mysuru, 9.9.2020

    before a group of Theatre Enthusiasts, 2020


  3. Stage Chemistry: Neuro-Psychiatric Disorders on Stage.Did Concept designing /Script Writing/Direction/Production/Costume Designing/Stage Management and Acting by Dr.R. Purnima ALREADY STAGED 287 TIMES, 250 TIMES ONE- WOMAN SHOW PERFORMED BY DR. R. PURNIMA, May 2018 Onwards.
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  5.  Exploitation and Towards Empowerment. Played the Role of a Teacher – February and March 2017
  6. Dreams and Dreamers Concept Designing, Script Writing, Production, Direction and Played the Roles of the Narrator, Vasavadatta, Niece of Don Quixote, Madame Bovary, Seethe on 27.3.2016
  7. In Search of Shakespeare and Kuvempu 2015 Did Concept Designing and  Script Writing . I also played nearly 8 roles.
  8. Avon to Kaveri (In connection with the 450th Birth Centenary Year of William Shakesoeare ) 2014
  9. The Opening Scene of the Tempest produced by Karnataka State Open University, Mysore and Doordarshan, Bangalore. The Tempest is a prescribed text for the PG students of the Karnataka State Open University. Played the role of a student. 2004
  10. Stree Shakti (Self Help Group) is an effort to visually present the functioning of rural Self-Help Groups through narration and dramatization. The play aims to present Self-Help Groups as agents of change bringing about far reaching economic and social transformation in rural areas. Stree Shakti was first presented before a batch of American students who were in Mysore to do a course on Gender Studies. Played the role of a Journalist.  2004
  11. Mukta Vidye (Open Learning). The play talks about the strengths of Open Distance Learning system and innovative teaching methods. Played the role of a parent  2004
  12. Kurudu Nayee (“The Blind Dog” -  A Short story by R.K. Narayan. This was staged in connection with the Centenary Celebrations of R.K. Narayan. Produced, directed and played the role of a school teacher and a mentally challenged woman who briefly appears in a choultry.  2004
  13. Enactment of the “Sleep-Walking Scene” (From Shakespeare’s Macbeth,) before the participants of the UGC Refresher Course and the students of the Department of English of the Karnataka State Open University. Macbeth is prescribed for study at the Postgraduate level. 
  14. Enactment of the last scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Hamlet is a prescribed text. This was enacted before the new batch of counselors identified to teach at the Study Centres of KSOU.  Played the role of Gertrude.
  15. Students of JCBM College, Sringeri, participate in Theatre in Education Workshop. A Scene from Nissim Ezekiel poem “Night of the Scorpion”.

Participation in Amateur Theater/ Rangayana Following is the list of the important plays and the roles played by me

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Title of the Play The Role Played
Karnad’s Yayati Devayani
Karnad’s Tughlak

The Step Mother

Basava Raj’s Satyaharichandra

Kalakantaki

A.N. Murthy Rao’s Ashada Bhoothi

Sharade      

Yoganarasimha’s Bhairavi Venkatasubbaiah

Puttathayamma

Samsa’s Vijayanarasimha

Mother-in- law and Maid

M.P. Prakash’s Surya Shikari* Madhukarika
Kuvempu’s Rakthakshi

Cheluvambe

Nimmishta  (A Kannada translation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It)

Phebe
Chaugle’s  Kasturba** Susheela Behen
Udaya’s Horatada Haadi (StreetTheatre) Queen of Kittor
Kuvempu’s Balidaana Annie Besant
Bhaktha Dhruva (Voice rendered)  Narayana
Parvathavani’s Keechaka

Sudeshne

V. N. Ashwath’s Sree Krishnasandhana***

Jayamma, Rukmini and    Draupadi

Karmayogi Namma Chammaiah Mestru Ashwath’s Daughter Vijaya
Yoganarasimha’s Aduge Bhatta A Mad Woman and Lilli 
H.L. Bhyrappa’s Mandra

Manohari Das

Jayaram’s Shivaji Jeeja Bai
Ka.Tha.Chikanna’s Chaduranga Vijaya and a Folk Dancer
Farad Sorabji’s English Play Hard Places  

Mother

P. Lankesh’s T. Prasannana Grihasthashrama   Lakshmi
Latha Rajshekar’s Ahimsa Paramodharmaha Vijaya
Nagachandra’s Rajaparameshwara

Tirumaladevi

Kambar’s Huliya Neralu Old Woman II and was also part of the Chorus 
Mandre’s Stree Ratna

Basavanti

D. A. Shankar’s Kaleduhodavaru

Lakshmivilasa

Horeyala Doreswamy’s Konave Gowda The Old Woman in the village and the Maid of the Goddess
Bhadrappa Shi Henly’s   Andha Gandhara Maid
Parvathi’s Kapi Mushti Cook
Mahashwetha Devi’s Rudali Misri and Rudali
R. Purnima’s In Search of Shakespeare and Kuvempu Played 8 Roles
Shivaram Karanth’s Alida Mele Jalaja
R. Purnima’s Dreams and Dreamers 

Played 5 Roles

Prem Chand’s Godan,Select scenes only ,

Dhania

H.S. Venkateshmurthy's Manthara Manthara
Prem Chand’s Godan, Select scenes only Dhania     
R. Purnima’s  Exploitation and Towards Empowerment Teacher
Chandrakanth Kusnur’s Kannada adaptation of Fedrico Garcia Lorka’s The House of Bernard Alba Jahanara Begum


*The Play Surya Shikari was staged at the National Festival organized at Hampi on November 3 2005, and Horatada Haadi, organized by Rangayana, as part of the Bahuroopi National

Drama Festival

** This Play was part of the Theater workshop organized for the prisoners of Central Jail, Mysore. The objective of the workshop was to heal, inspire and bring prisoners into mainstream. This Play was again staged in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, in connection with the Regional seminar on “Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in Prisons: Local Lessons for National Action” in Bangalore, January 2011.

I have done Costume Designing for the Kannada version of T.S. Eliot’s play The Cocktail Party

***I have acted 20 times in V. N. Ashwath’s Sree Krishnasandhana, while several others have been staged several times.


Dr.R.Purnima as Rukmini and P. Nagabhushan as Sree Krishna in V. N. Ashwath’s Sree Krishnasandhana, Directed By B Renuka Prasanna


Acting in M.G. Srinivas’s Old Monk, a Film in Kannada