Of Stars in the Sky in my Mind’s Eye

Over 25 years ago, (it was 1989), I was met by the Director of The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium who asked if I would record the English commentary for the first programme to be projected in the sky dome. I’ve done it ever since.

Today, 17/01/17, I was driven in from Whitefield by an Ola driver from Bagalkot, who has been in Bangalore for eight days. The mis-coincidence did strike me: he was taking me to Taralaya – the home of the stars – and didn’t know where on earth he was. For no fault of his I sat in his vehicle for two hours for a journey of 18 kilometres, 9 kilometres an hour – hardly warp speed. I went into the now familiar dome-shaped theatre and was ushered in while the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah was speaking. For once a member of the public was late but he had not waited for my arrival before beginning.

I scanned the top table. I saw Shylaja, the Director, and U R Rao, famed space scientist seated along with Dr Martin Wiechmann of Carl Zeiss. I spied Pramod but no sign of Vishveshwara. My eyes then fell on Madhusudan, who, in turn, was scanning the audience. I raised a hand to catch his eye. He did and rushed behind me so he could whisper that Vishveshwara had passed away during the night. He was distraught; I, close to tears. A little later after the inauguration of the Hybrid Projection System, I glanced at a table with Vishu’s picture and a notepad and pen before it. I wrote: “I came looking for you. I did find you…in the stars.” 

Visits to Bengaluru from Whitefield are few and far between. Somebody from the west of the city remarked recently that JAGRITI was the back of beyond. Yes, we lie 16 kilometres (10 miles) due east of the CBD or Central Business District and it takes two hours to cover the distance.

My journey back to JAGRITI was by bus. The young early 20s conductor asked for proof of birthdate and then punched out a ticket awarding me a senior citizen discount. Vishu, something is going right with the world. 



Comments are closed.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9 other followers


We've been working on something super exciting and here it is! . 'Gimme a Key!' - The first edition of Jagriti's three day long Western Music Festival. . Join us for a weekend of Rock, Country, Indie and Blues. . As always, tickets at the Box Office and on BookMyShow:
Just look at these happy faces after a great opening weekend. Make them happier and come watch them on stage this week. . Alipha, encourages dialogue and conversation that we need to be having about justice for women and the fight for it. Especially in today’s terrifying socio-political climate. . . On for 8 more shows Tue-Fri: 8pm Sat-Sun: 3 and 6:30pm . Directed by @arundhatiraja 📷: @rs2802 . . #theatre #theatrelife #actorslife #actor #performance #actor #actorlife #theatre #play #performance #acting #stage #theatrekid #theatrelife #backstage #igers #igersofbangalore #igersbangalore #awsmblr #onlybng #onlyblr #indianigers #ig_captures #ig_bengaluru #whitefield
Opening night made even more special with the Poile Sengupta - English lecturer, novelist, theatre person and ofcourse, the playwright of Alipha. . . . 3 more shows this weekend. Sat: 6:30pm Sun: 3 and 6:30pm . Tickets at the Box Office and on BookMyShow. . . . #theatre #bangaloretheatre #whitefield #performancespace #stage #curtaincall
We're a night away from opening Alipha and here's our director and her cast(madcaps, the lot of them) after their last tech run! Come by tomorrow at 8pm and share opening night with the cast, director and the lovely playwright, Poile Sengupta. Tickets on BookMyShow
Alipha tells the parallel stories of a social activist and a politician in small town India. In the writing of the play, there was a need for careful construction so that the two narratives dovetailed and yet each storyline was independently carried forward. The girl and the man- they remain nameless- do not ever meet on stage, their acting areas, and their worlds, remain explicitly demarcated and exclusively their own. . Opening this weekend and on for 13 shows. . Directed by @arundhatiraja Featuring @anirudhacharya44 and @kavya_09 . Lighting design: @rebecca.spurgeon Photo credit: @rs2802 . Tickets on BookMyShow . . . . #theatre #indiantheatre #stage #theatrelife #stagelife #theatrekid #bangalorediaries #bangalore #bangaloretheatre #whitefield
Poile Sengupta's Alipha now in #techrehearsal Alipha - the title was inspired by 'aliph', the first letter of the Urdu alphabet and reminiscent of the word alphabet itself- tells the parallel stories of a social activist and a politician in small town India. Directed by @arundhatiraja Featuring @anirudhacharya44 and @kavya_09 . . . #theatre #indiantheatre #stage #theatrelife #stagelife #theatrekid #bangalorediaries #bangalore #bangaloretheatre #whitefield

Top Clicks

  • None
%d bloggers like this: