The Economic Times | Bengaluru ticks because people come here and make a life: Jagdish Raja

1. What makes Bengaluru tick? 
I have known this city as my own for 44 years. In this time, it has swallowed Whitefield so one hardly needs to go “into” Bengaluru, however long that would take! The city ticks because people come and make a home and a life. Of course, they stray, but isn’t that part of being at home and living? 

2. What is your favourite Bengaluru moment? 
The family used to watch the fireworks orchestrated by the Madras Sappers — elegant, precise, imposing. Memories seem to don a military garb. My hair-standing moment was when I heard my narration for the 200th anniversary of the Madras Engineering Group — The Sappers or MEG. That was way back in 1980! 

3. If you were the dictator of Bengaluru, what is the first thing you would do? 
Fill up the lakes with fresh water and fish. Clear the pavements of squatters and the roads of debris and parked vehicles. Slope pavements to meet the road, give wheelchairs and strollers a chance! Let Bengaluru move! 

4. Who is your favourite Bengalurean? Why? 
The people. Those who make a day-to-day living, garnering and moulding resources to get along with that and those around them. 

5. If not Bengaluru, which city? Why? 
would pick London. It was home for 15-odd years. I miss it. 

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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. 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.