The good city | An ancestor of the pandavas
'Why an ancestor of the Pandavas remains relevant today' The story is about the all powerful king Yayati who revels in his power and pursuit of carnal pleasures. Cursed by his enraged father-in-law, he is in danger of instantly becoming old and decrepit.
The Hindu | Yayati
‘A good play never needs updating’ Arundhati Raja, who is directing Girish Karnad’s iconic play Yayati, explains what makes it an evergreen story
The New Indian Express | Bengaluru theatre has a new villain
BENGALURU: A proposed 18% GST or Goods and Service Tax on tickets to watch performance acts has got venues and artistes stressing out equally.
Deccan Chronicle | Yuki makes it ‘one’derful
This weekend, Bengaluru will be treated to a one-woman show. Yuki Ellias, a Mumbai-based powerhouse performer will be bringing to the city her play Elephant in the Room that won her the awards for best actor, costume and lighting at the 2017 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards. Directed and performed by Yuki herself, the play is inspired by the tales of Ganapati, and is a eccentric and touching reinterptation of the myth.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS | GST a penalty on arts, Jagriti floats petition
BENGALURU: Protesting against the government’s move to levy 18 per cent GST or Goods and Services Tax on theatre, and other Indian performance arts, Jagriti Theatre has floated a petition online against it. The petition requests Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and GST council for exemption of GST on performing arts.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS | Catch a ‘power play’ on sexual assault
BENGALURU: Two questions govern the play Oleanna: Is he really guilty? Or is she a schemer?
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.
The Hindu | Curiouser and Curiouser
After a much-appreciated run at Jagriti and Ranga Shankara, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Vandana Prabhu is back at Jagriti from March 10.The plays features Bhavana Rajendran, Aarti Aney, Swetanshu Bora, Arundhati Raja and Shlok Menon.
The Economic Times | Bengaluru ticks because people come here and make a life: Jagdish Raja
1. What makes Bengaluru tick? I have known this city as my own for 44 years. In this time, it has swallowed Whitefield so one hardly needs to go “into” Bengaluru, however long that would take! The city ticks because people come and make a home and a life. Of course, they stray, but isn’t that part of being at home and living?
The New Indian Express | Swami is Back With His Friends To Charm Bengaluru
Swami and Friends is one of those books that is deeply entrenched in the minds and memories of anyone who has read it. Malgudi, the fictional town created by R.K. Narayan, has landscapes that readers will already have mapped in their own heads. They will have mentally trod the path from Ellaman Street to the Sarayu river through Nallappa’s grove. Readers have met Narayan’s quirky characters and have ideas about how they look and what they might say. So how does one recreate a story and an ethos that has already been imagined and reimagined multiple times? Visual Respiration, a Bengaluru-based theatre group will create these landscapes onstage as a compelling 90-minute performance at the Jagriti Season 2015.
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.