Indian Express | A tale of two theatres
This is the story of two Arundhatis, their husbands and their extraordinary passion for theatre. It is about theatres — Jagriti and Rangashankara — that the two Arundhatis built at the opposite ends of Bangalore, which today make for a vibrant, happening dramatic theatre scene in the city.
Times of India | B’lore does a London
Remember the time you missed your favourite play because you had to travel out of town or had an exam or a cold. There could be a million reasons why it’s easy to miss a play in Bangalore, primarily because every show — new or old — only runs for a couple of days. If you’re really lucky, it could run for a week. Unlike, say London where a show has to perform for at least a couple of months to even merit a review. The Lion King, for instance, has been performing non-stop for the last 12 years at Lyceum theatre. You couldn’t have missed it even if you tried !
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.