The License

The License

Ticket Price: ₹ 300
Language:Hindi/ Punjabi
Playwright:Based on short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto and Bertold Brecht
Director:Neelam Mansingh
Cast:Artistes: Ramanjit Kaur, Pamela Singh, Satnam Singh, Ram Singh, Mahesh Saini, Meher Chand, Amarjeet, Chand Bahadur
Lighting Designer: Daulat Vaid
Director: Neelam Mansingh
Location:JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066
Event Date & Time
Sun-09-Apr | 03:00 PM

Neelam Mansingh is one of the strongest voices in Indian theatre for decades now. Every play of hers has been received with great admiration and awe even, across the country. Every big fest at Ranga Shankara naturally features her work and for EQUAL, The License is tailor made - the story explores a woman's changing identity as she slips into a man's job.

In her Director's Note, Neelam says, "In The License, we have tried to explore the devastation brought upon women and families during migration, loss and devastation. Working on Manto and Brecht meant that I had to traverse the complexities of linguistic and cultural transferences. Both the writers have a deep sense of humanism and a modernity that seemed neither dated, nor trapped in regional boundaries." 

The License, like all plays by Neelam Mansingh, has been acclaimed for its extraordinary storytelling with a gripping narrative and stunning visual design.


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.