FEATURES

  • Established in 1985
  • Group of 20 (past students of NTI) formed every July; rehearse that season’s plays and travel all over the state till following March.
  • Formed afresh every year, disbanded at the end
  • 4 months of travel shows, usually, one show for every 50-100 kms of travel; performing almost every day (roughly, 120 shows in 140 days)
  • All members of the group paid equally

MILESTONES

  • Has put up 99 productions; staged about 4000 shows before an estimated audience of 25 lakhs.
  • 80% of the shows have been done in taluka towns or still smaller places; has covered all districts of Karnataka, almost every year
  • Plays include Western, Indian and Kannada; directors are invited from Karnataka and outside as well
  • No dearth of shows/audience anywhere.

FINANCES

  • The total expenditure for the project has been approximately Rs. 1,15,000 in 1985; Rs. 4,50,000 in 1995; Rs. 13,00,000 in 2002; Rs. 24,00,000 in 2010; Rs. 33,50,000 in 2017. More than 60% of this spent on salary (Rs. 400 pm in 1,985, Rs. 3,500 pm in 2003; Rs. 6,000 pm in 2010; Rs. 10,000 pm in 2017)
  • Income: Grant from DOC, GOI (35%), revenue from invited shows (55%) and advertisement (10%)
  • Travel and Remuneration charges: Rs. 3000 for 3 shows in 1985; Rs. 10,000 for 3 shows in 2002; Rs. 15,000 in 2010 for 2 shows; Rs. 28,000 in 2017 for 2 shows.