Based in Mysuru, the institution comprises a professional repertory company, a theater training institute, and a documentation and research center. Rangayana provides courses in performing arts, preparation and presentation of plays in Kannada, while it also runs programs with the aim of further nurturing and promoting Kannada theater. It is also well known for its annual theater festival, which takes place in Mysuru. There are also initiatives aimed at introducing young people to theater. They created a children’s repertoire in collaboration with the International Theater Institute and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
Founded in 1989 to nurture Kannada staging and plays, the institution is the brainchild of legendary theater personality BV Karanth, who was also the institute’s first director. In 1995, the post was taken over by C Basavalingiah. Prasanna was appointed third director of Rangayana in 2001.