The good City| Yayati projects women’s sexuality

'Yayati projects women’s sexuality – Girish Karnad '

Girish Karnad: “I wrote Yayati, my first play, in 1960, and it happened when I was set to go to Oxford on a scholarship.The elders in the family were worried about my trip. Those days, the journey to UK took three weeks by ship. They were anxious that I would be away from home for three years, and they cautioned me against ‘white’ women. I was 22 years old; I was very defiant those days and wanted to break away from the fetters of family. I was a student of Mathematics, I had not focused on literature yet. Suddenly out of nowhere, Yayati, the play, came to me in Kannada. I was like a stenographer, writing it down feverishly.


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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.