The Hindu | Conflicted souls and wilful hearts

Conflicted souls and wilful hearts

This weekend, the Bengaluru-based Jagriti theatre group brings to us the story of Yayati, the character from The Mahabharata who exchanges his old age with his young son, Puru. Directed by Arundhati Raja, and penned by eminent playwright Girish Karnad, the play examines the moment of crisis that Puru’s decision sparks, and the dilemma it presents for him, his family, and Yayati. Excerpts from an email interview with Raja.



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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.