Written by Dr.Rabindranath Tagore / K.V.Subbanna
Music composed by Dr.Shripad Bhat / Prasad Sapre
Directed by Dakshayani Bhat
The symbolic play Kempu Kanagile revolves around a Mythical city of unparalleled wealth 'Yakshapuri' and the misery suffered by the residents of Yakshapuri till the coming of Nandini, the heroine who breaks the barrier to free the secluded king who is trapped in greed and desires and fails to come out of the magical world he himself created once. The play emotionally depicts the association between beauty and death. The theme tries to put some light up on the capitalism of the era and the importance of human Relations, greed and human sympathy.
The play's central character Raja or King cruelly exploits nature as well as all possible human resources to develop a highly centralized authority and to add to his wealth. He sits fascinated watching his ever growing wealth until the entry of Nandini to this lifeless fortress. Undaunted by the king, Nandini walks in with her touch of life and joy showcasing that love is the highest truth in this world. Nandini and her lover Ranjan bring the joy of love to the tinsel town of Yakshapuri showing the king's workers that there exists an alternative to the way they lived all these years as mechanized machines, igniting a hope of independence and freedom and finally liberating them from clutches of the king, defeating his state and its authority.