Our Story

From humble beginnings…

Niranthara was formed when a group of young creative minds responded to the contemporary issues. It is an outcome of an attempt made by those youngsters who adapted theatre to address various social issues.

Where are we today?

We have actively involved and organized various theatre movements which were the prime spirits of many social struggles. We found our path and motto in the movements like Raitha Chaluvali, Dalita Chaluvali and many other pro-people movements with the insights gained from Lohia’s ideologies. We adapted theatre as a philosophical end for our ideologies and movements. There is a significant role and history for counterculture in the Indian intellectual arena. Thus, we aimed at creating a Counterculture in the form of theatre. We, who hailed from different backgrounds, became ‘one’ under the spell of theatre. Over the years, we grew up with profound insights earned by participating and organizing theatre activities with an intense love for the same. The reason for our commitment and enthusiasm in and around theatre lies in the fact that theatre has this ‘counterculture’ imbibed in it.

In this enduring journey we have organized theatre workshops, symposiums, festivals and various other activities that are part and parcel of theatre. Our motto is to make people part of this ‘counterculture’ by showing them some of our classic productions. Our humble desire is to enthuse people with theatre activities and discover new forms by exploring the depths of our folk and theatre traditions.

For us, theatre is a culture and counterculture too.

Founders of Niranthara Foundation 




R Lingaraju

Lingaraju is actively involved in theatre for last two decades as an actor, director and organiser. Having worked under best directors, he has proved his talent in and outside the stall.

Along with theatre, he is also famous as a director of documentaries and educational movies. He is a founder member of Niranthara.














Shrinivas Palahalli

Seenu or Shrinivas Palahalli is well known among theatre and newspaper photography. Being a photographer, he is also an actor and organiser. He is into theatre and pro-people movements for the last 18 years.

He is also experienced in book designing, cover page designing, ads and documentary making. He is one of the founder members of Niranthara Foundation.














K S Prasad

Having pursued Masters in Economics in Mysore University, Prasad Kundoor is very well known among the cultural world of Mysuru.

Having involved in the theatre and movements from student days, he is multi-talented as actor, playwright, director, organiser, activist, singer, designer and writer.

He has also worked with many stalwarts of the theatre. Prasad is also the Managing Trustee of Niranthara Foundation















K R Hariprasad

Hariprasad has pursued his Masters in Geography from University of Mysore. He is a writer, actor and has a vast experience in the field of theatre and literature.

He was involved in composing books for National Literary Mission.He has written stories and scripts for many documentaries and educational movies.Has also written street plays and radio Plays, he is one of the founders of Niranthara foundation.















M M Suguna

Having pursued studies in Cinema, Suguna is actively involved in the field of Theatre. He is an actor, director and activist for last two decades.

He is intensely working in motivating college students through theatre activities and has worked with many stalwarts of theatre. He is the Chairman and one of the founders of Niranthara Foundation.


Advisory Committee

Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara


Jnaanapeeth awardee

Devanoora Mahadeva

Famous Kannada novelist, Padmashree Awardee

Dr. Siddalingaiah

Famous Kannada poet and activist. Founder member of Dalit movement in Karnataka

Chidambararao Jambe, NSD

Famous Theatre Director, Former Director of Rangayana

Prof. H.L. Keshavamurthy

Famous writer, Columnist and activist

K.S. Prabhakar 


B R Ravikanthegowda I.P.S

Writer and Deputy Commisioner of police

H Janardhan, NSD

Director of Rangayana, Famous singer and music director 

N S Gopinath

Theatre activist, Ex-Syndicate Member University of Mysore


Our team

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