Stage flight

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE - by Aye­sha Aleem

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

Girish Kar­nad

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