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A conflict of epic proportions: Jagriti brings Girish Karnad's Yayati to Chennai
Can a 1960s play inspired by the Mahabharata be relevant in 2018? Absolutely, says Arundhati Raja, artistic director of Bengaluru-based theatre group Jagriti, who will present her recreation of Girish Karnad’s popular play, Yayati, in Chennai this week. “A good plot needs conflict. The conflict in the play is brought about by the quest for power and all that leads to achieving that quest: sexual prowess, social discrimination, gender discrimination, father-son conflict and personal conflict on life’s goals. At present when gender inequality, social and religious intolerance are on the rise, this play remains relevant in all its aspects,” she explains, adding that the script that she will be using in the play is Girish’s own translation of his original script in Kannada.
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.