Adishakti's Brhannala

Adishakti's Brhannala

Ticket Price: ₹ 300
Director:Veenapani Chawla
Cast:Artistes: Vinay Kumar
Music: Arvind Rane, Nimmy Raphael, Apoorva Arthur, Ashiqa Selvan and Anand Satheendran
Light Designer: Vinay kumar
Direction, Music, Choreography and Script: Veenapani Chawla
Location:JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066
Event Date & Time
Sat-08-Apr | 08:00 PM

Brhannala is one of Veenapani Chawla's stunning creations. Girish Karnad sums it up most aptly when he speaks of Veenapani Chawla - "There is no one like Veenapani Chawla in Indian Theatre. There is no other group like her Adishakti - certainly there hasn't been any since what we call 'Modern Indian Theatre' began". 

Brhannala is performed by the supremely talented Vinay Kumar, to an original score composed by Veenapani herself and played live on stage by Adishakti's ensemble. Remember their electrifying percussions in "Ganapati"?

Adishakti’s Brhannala draws on the episode in the Mahabharata in which the exiled hero Arjuna spends one year in the guise of a woman. To Veenapani, Brhannala dramatizes the consequences that accompany a dissolution of all rigid binary oppositions. As she says in her Director’s Note, “this thereby brings down all polarities of time/ space, reason/ emotion, human/ animal, right/ left, us/them, self/ other”.


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. 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.