Arundhati and Jagdish Raja
As founders of Jagriti believe in the implicit power of performance to transport an audience to different worlds, creating unforgettable experiences. It is this that they work tirelessly to share with you.
Arundhati Raja, Artistic Director
Arundhati Raja, co founded the Artistes’ Repertory Theatre in 1982. The company and its productions are now an integral part of Bangalore’s cultural history. While directing and acting, she also taught French, Biology and Drama for several years and considers her life as a teacher to be instrumental to her deep desire to encourage and support new talent. Arundhati Raja has now directed over 30 productions and continues to perform, teach and motivate a new generation of theatre makers.
Jagdish Raja, Director Development
Jagdish Raja, a graduate member of the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Society(M.CAM), London has worked in India, Europe and US. After moving to India in the 70s, he began devising, writing and directing Corporate and promotional programmes for Radio and TV. As Co founder of ART, He has directed and performed in several theatre productions, has been a part of films such as The Jewel in the Crown ( Granada Television) and David Lean’s A passage to India and is a sought after voice over artiste. Today, you can still hear his voice at the Nehru Planetarium, teaching you about the stars and you will always hear him inviting the community to be a part of Jagriti.
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. 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 stage 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 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.