It’s that time of year again. Ranga Shankara’s much awaited annual theater fest descends on the city this month, marking an important event in the city’s cultural calendar. This year is special as the festival celebrates five decades of work by Bangalore’s very own Girish Karnad.
The accomplished playwright and actor has contributed to Indian theatre through works that challenge stereotypes and revive Indian mythology with a fresh perspective. In 2013, young playwrights, below the age of 35 years, will be reinterpreting the works of Karnad, giving them a chance to explore, experiment and express their own idea, opinions and conflicts within this framework.
With productions in Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada as well as English, they will address current social, political and economic conditions of the contemporary times. In an attempt to engage a younger audience with this event, activities for students will be hosted alongside such as movie screenings, an art appreciation course, publishing a daily newsletter and book signings for a half hour each day with the man himself Karnad. Participating theatre groups include Samudaya from Bangalore, APT from Trivandrum and Ballygunge Swapna Suchna Theatre Group from Kolkata. Performances include Tughlaq, Dreams of Tipu Sultan and Yayaati.
At 36/ 2 8th Cross II Phase J P Nagar Schedule October 18 to 27; Shows at 3: 30 and 7: 30 pm For more details, visit rangashankara.org