Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-22 18:31 Mysuru: A 21-day-long theatre camp for research scholars of Kuvempu Institute of Studies in Kannada, University of Mysore, concluded on Tuesday, with scholars stressing on the importance of theatre for the creation of a well-informed society. In his valedictory address, senior theatre person Dr N Rathna stressed on the need for such camps for the development of personality and for understanding issues thoroughly. “Instead of conducting training camps occasionally, there is a need of full-fledged training camps for academicians in the long term. Exploring folklore through theatre is needed for protecting culture,” he said. Senior theatre person Professor H S Umesh said theatre was equally important as research. “Organising well-researched plays on social issues are important as academic research. These help in conveying social values among common people, hence every academic has to take part in theatre camps,” he said. Agreeing with Umesh, Professor Srimandhar Kumar, Director, Kuvempu Institute of Studies in Kannada, said theatre was a better medium to create awareness. “It could play a vital role in the fight to abolish social evils such as blind beliefs. Academicians with training have to volunteering conduct awareness drives on issues like honour killing, dowry, and other major issues so that it can create revolutionary changes. Education doesn’t imply just excellence in academics but it has also a social role,” he said.