There was a time when the city of Bangalore needed a theatre and the artists needed a podium to perform on. Ranga Shankara, which was established on October 28, 2004, came as an answer to all their prayers. Time flies! A decade later, this state-of-the-art theatre facility does the city and everyone associated with it proud. Ranga Shankara celebrates 10 glorious years on October 28, 2014, which is truly a remarkable milestone.
This unique theatre facility was the dream-child of talented theatre and film personality, late Shankar Nag. And it was nutured by his wife Arundhati Nag. And over the past 10 years, this space has dedicated itself to the theatre community. Ranga Shankara brought a rich variety of top-notch theatrical experiences to Bangalore, promoting the platform across the nation.
Like the past years, Ranga Shankara is putting togther its annual theatre festival. This year’s celebration has 13 plays staged from October 28 to November 9. The festival also marks Shankar Nag’s 60th birth anniversary along with the 10th year of the theatre.
The RS Theatre Festival ’14 has a befitting theme for it’s 10th year celebration – Celebrating Indian Theatre, from Shakuntalam to Sakharam. Atul Kumar‘s play Piya Behrupiya will kick off the festival on October 28. The curtains will fall on the festival on November 9, with Ismat Apa Ke Naam directed by Naseeruddin Shah. The 13-day festival will stage a list of plays in the following order:
1. Tuesday, October 28 – Piya Behrupiya by Atul Kumar
2. Wednesday, October 29 – Ganapati by Veenapani Chawla
3. Thursday, October 30 – Maya Bazaar by R. Nageswara Rao
4. Friday, October 31 – Neenaanaadre Naaneenena by S. Surendranath
5. Saturday, November 01 – Boy with a Suitcase by Andrea Gronemeyer
6. Sunday, November 02 – Naga Mandala by Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry
7. Monday, November 03 – Ms. Meena by Rajiv Krishnan
8. Tuesday, November 04 – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar
9. Wednesday, November 05 – Chirebande Wade by Pramila Bengre
10. Thursday, November 06 – Uney Purey Shahar Ek by Mohit Takalkar
11. Friday, November 07 – Stories in a Song by Sunil Shanbag
12. Saturday, November 08 – Love Letters by Rahul daCunha
13. Sunday, November 09 – Ismat Apa Ke Naam by Naseeruddin Shah
This scheduled list of plays includes:
- 2 Shakespearen adaptations
- 2 of Girish Karnad’s plays in different languages
- Plays from 9 cities in 9 languages
- 2 plays for children
- 5 plays translated from originals
- 7 original playwrights
- 2 devised plays
- 1 international classic, representing the journey of Ranga Shankara over the past decade
Apart from the plays that will be staged, the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’14 will announce an annual award. It is to commemorate Shankar Nag’s 60th birth anniversary. This annual award will be given to a promising young talent who is an all-rounder in theatre and has displayed their commitment to the art form of theatre.
Be a part of this vibrant thetare festival and witness the best and most passionate theatre performances. You know where to book your tickets for the RS Theatre Festival ’14. Don’t miss it!