Indian Express | Curtain Call

As Thespo 13 drew to a close on Sunday, it was a time to celebrate the best talent in theatre. The Thespo 13 Awards Nite — that marked an end to the six-day festival — was held at the NCPA Experimental Theatre. The evening started with Alyque Padamsee presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Arundhati and Jagdish Raja from Bangalore. The award acknowledged the Rajas’ undying passion for theatre and the fact that they had opened up the world of theatre to generations of young Bangaloreans — be it through their banner Artistes Repertory Theatre or the recent 200-seater Jagriti Theatre.

Thespo 13 pays tribute to Arundati and Jagdish Raja.

The night also saw four Marathi productions sweep the awards in various categories. Patient from the BMCC College, Pune, led the way as it won the awards for Best Outstanding Play, Production Design and Director (Suraj Parasnis). Cock by Mumbai-based theatre groups ClustalZ Mumbai and AllMyTea Productions, walked away with the acting awards for Lead Actor and Actress, won by Manish Gandhi and Asmita Bakshi, respectively.

Alyque Padamsee at Thespo 13.

The award for New Writing went to Sunil Tambat and Aniket Patil of Ek Don Adhich, even as Janhit Mein Jaari’s Ashish Nasalapure tied with Patient’s Sidharth Mahashabde for the Thespo for Male Actor in a Supporting Role. These productions were judged by a panel comprising of theatre personalities Sheeba Chaddha, Meher Marfatia, Hanif Patni and Shashank Shende.

Arundhati Raja acceptance speech at Thespo13


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.