The annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, which begins on Tuesday, November 5, offers six plays, workshops and installations among other activities. Here’s the line-up of productions.

‘Nava’

Director: Sharanya Ramprakash
Cast: Veena, Chandri, Shanti, Prarthana, Purushi, Jyothi, Sandhia, Thara, Swetha
Nine transwomen showcase their stories in Kannada through the lens of the navarasas (nine emotions explored in classical dance): hasya (laughter), adhbuta (surprise), bhibatsa (disgust), krodha (anger), shrungara (love), bhaya (fear), veera (courage), karuna (compassion) and shanta (tranquility) .
When: Tuesday, November 5 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.

‘Rihla’

Director: Neel Chaudhari
Cast: Mohammed Saddam, Muzammil, Shahid, Nagina, Ismail, Aslam, Zainab, Nagma Khatoon, Tuba Jalal, Nahid Jalal, Jasmine
An adaptation of Andreas Flourakis’s Greek play, I Want A Country, this Hindustani play follows a group of rebels on a quest to shape a new country from the old one following a national crisis.
When: Wednesday, November 6 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.

‘Hello Farmaaish!’

Director: Yuki Ellias
Writers: Yuki Ellias, Sneh Sapru
Cast: Abhay Mahajan, Puja Sarup, Priyanka Setia, Vaishali Bisht, Tanvi Lehr Sonigra, Vrinda Kacker, Yuki Ellias
This Hindi play is about a group of women (pictured above) from a small Haryanvi settlement, who, inspired by Kalpana Chawla, begin to wonder about outer space.
When: Thursday, November 7 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.

‘Sangeet Bari’

Director: Savitri Medhatul
Writer: Bhushan Korgaonkar
Cast: Pushpa Satarkar, Akanksha Kadam, Latabai Waikar, Chandrakant Lakhe, Vinayak Jawale, Sumit Kudalkar, Savitri, Bhushan, Shakuntalabai Nagarkar
Commentary is interspersed with performance in this production. Savitri Medhatul talks in English and Marathi about lavani, the Maharashtrian performance form she researched along with her husband Bhushan Korgaonkar and a group of fine lavani dancers from across Maharashtra put up a show.
When: Friday, November 8 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.

‘The Hunger Artist’

Director: Gurleen Judge
Cast: Mandar Gokhale
Inspired by Franz Kafka’s eponymous short story and Namdev Dhasal’s poem, ‘Bhook’, this play performed in Marathi, Hindi and English, tells the story of the current farmer crisis in India.
When: Saturday, November 9 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.

‘Eidgah Ki Jannat’

Director AND WRITER: Abhishek Majumdar
Cast: Abhinav Bhal, Ajeet Jeet Singh Palawat, Avneesh Mishra, Aqib Mirza, Bhanu Priya Bhatia
Abhishek Majumdar’s award-winning Hindi and Urdu play is the poignant story of orphaned siblings Ashrafi and Bilal who, suffering the consequences of the political turmoil in Kashmir, attempt to make sense of their lives.
When: Sunday, November 10 at 7.30pm.
Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, R K Colony, J P Nagar.