Deccan Chronicle | Panchatantra tales and when the monkey learned its lesson
Three stories will be retold with this adaptation: The Blue Jackal, The Monkey and the Crocodile and The Monkey and the Wedge.
Some classics may be timeless but they need to be revised in keeping with changing times. Panchatantra Retold, a more contemporary adaptation of the vintage tales brings exactly that to the stage, says director Rebecca Spurgeon. “There is beauty and a certain charm that defies the clock when it comes to classics like these but the morals are very vague. For children of today, that isn’t enough.”
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Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.