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Listen – One tip on Acting

The great Laurence Olivier was asked in a radio interview if he could leave listeners, with a tip on acting. He said he could, he would in one word: “listen!” I have told my cast before they go on stage on opening night Continue reading



A powerful performance always leaves an everlasting impression. It lingers on and resides in you longer than any motion picture. An experience which whenever recalled still gives you goosebumps! Ever thought about the mortals who create such experiences. The perseverance and passion they possess to constantly nurture talent and create phenomenal drama. Arundathi Raja and … Continue reading

A chief Guest

Of desultory applause and ‘lawful’ suspense! The scene is straight out of an incident that happened a few days ago. I reluctantly agree to be the Chief Guest at a function related to theatre. A taxi comes to take me to the other end of the city. It is obviously a long journey. I am … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

‘Every art form has a heartbeat of its own’

Rukmini Vijayakumar from Bengaluru is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and also a savvy modern and ballet dancer. She occasionally lights up the big screen with her acting stints too. She was in Hyderabad for ‘Gudi Sambaraalu’, the Telangana Temple Festival recently organised by the Telangana Heritage Trust. Rukmini along with members of her dance troupe … Continue reading

Acting out science

“There is an art to science,” said Isaac Asimov, “And a science in art; the two aren’t enemies, but different aspects of the whole.” This has been borne out in theatre in Bengaluru. This year, Gautam Raja’s The Vaidya’s Oath, on antimicrobial resistance, and Nilanjan Choudhury’s The Square Root of a Sonnet, on the life … Continue reading

The Stage Set for Design

“Well, doesn’t the audience know that it’s a live performance and there are going to be changes in the scene that won’t happen with the snap of a finger like they’re watching TV or a video? Read More Continue reading

On Wings of Song!

Strains of memories… Aruna Sunderlal came to Jagriti Farm sometime in the 80s along with her husband Raj. A friend wanted Arundhati and me to welcome the newly arrived pair to Bangalore. To our great surprise, Aruna eased into song and filled our home with the most beautiful operatic mezzo soprano that I have ever heard!  … Continue reading

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26 of 30: Societal Woes Sep 2017 . Written by Sriram Iyer Directed by Jagdish Raja . They are everywhere. Sprung up like mushrooms. Tall, squat, spacious, tiny. Worlds unto themselves. Apartment blocks, of course! Societal Woes is about people in an apartment block . You know them well. They will make you laugh, squirm, retch and want to run away! But you can't. Because when you reach home they will be there - in the garden, in the lift, in the kid's playground. They just won't go away! . Societal woes is about you and me and how we tend to live with our neighbours. We love and hate the people we interact with just as they love and hate us. Come and watch yourself from a distance as finally the goal of theatre is to show us a mirror. What you see in the reflection is yours to decide! It is a colloquial insight on the shenanigans of apartment living. It is literally right up your street and you cannot miss it. . Featuring: Vijay Sharma, David Selvaraj, Dhananjai S, K. Kalyanraman, Arundhati Raja, Paramita Gupta, Shlok Menon, Roomi Daroowala, Anirudh Acharya, Karn Malhota, Hemanth Narayan, Jaya Kalyanraman and Urvashi Goverdhan . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia #igers #potd #theatre #theatrelife #actorslife #actor #performance #actor #actorlife #theatre #play #performance #acting #igers #igersofbangalore #igersbangalore
25 of 30: Yayati July 2017 . Written by Girish Karnad Directed by Arundhati Raja . Clutching a drowning damsel in dire distress by her right hand could land you in a heap of trouble! . Yayati, Girish Karnad’s first play – was written in 1960, when he was 23 years old - and immediately established his ability to turn an epic mythological story into an exciting dramatic experience. King Yayati’s story from the Mahabharata becomes a roller coaster ride of events, sparked off by one sexual encounter. . When it was written, strong women characters were not acceptable in traditional Indian theatre and this play has four of them. Four strong women who assert their rights alongside a son who wishes to rebel against the path set out for him and a father willing to sacrifice his son’s youth in his quest for immortality. Set against a background of lust, jealousy and social prejudice, six strong characters fight to assert their own rights. . After opening at Jagriti, this production of Yayati has been performed at Rangashankara and has been invited to the National Academy of Indian Railways, Baroda and the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, Pune and by Crea-Shakthi to Chennai. . Featuring: Rohn Malhotra, Vivek Vijaykumaran, Swati De, Divya Jain, Vandana Prabhu, Urvashi Goverdhan and Jagdish Raja
24 of 30: Oleanna May 2017 . Written by David Mamet Directed by Jagdish Raja . Oleanna: Is he really guilty? Or is she a schemer? . This 1992 drama by Pulitzer winner David Mamet, showcases a power play between a professor and his female student who accuses him of sexual exploitation. These issues take on differing and different nuances as the story divulges the complexities of academic politics, student/teacher relationships and sexual harassment. . Featuring: Preetam Koilpillai and Rebecca Spurgeon . Production Stills: @rs2802 . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia
23 of 30: Panchatantra Retold... Three stories with a twist March 2017 . Based on Panchatantra Tales Devised and Directed by Rebecca Spurgeon . Some classics may be timeless but they need to be revised in keeping with changing times. Panchatantra Retold, a more contemporary adaptation of the vintage tales brings exactly that to the stage. Three stories are retold with this adaptation: The Blue Jackal, The Monkey and the Crocodile and The Monkey and the Wedge . Filled with shadow play, live music, mime, physical theatre and an inventive use of props which assist the storytelling and make it come alive. The text includes verse and choral interludes with the ensemble playing a variety of characters. . This version of the famous Panchatantra stories has been developed for a contemporary audience of children and adults. The way we see the world and understand it has everything to do with our context- socially, politically & culturally. . Featuring: Ameet Bhuvan, Bhavana Rajendran, Rebecca Spurgeon, Shlok Menon, Spatica Ramanujam, Swetanshu Bora . . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia #childrenstheatre #forkids #adaptation #indiantales #storytelling
22 of 30: Rabbit Hole Nov 2016 . Written by David Lindsay- Abaire Directed by Vandana Prabhu . Becca and Howie have everything a couple could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. A play about mending a broken family which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief without sentimentality. . Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that's not just a departure but a revelation—an emotional and insightful examination of grief, laced with wit, compassion and searing honesty. . Featuring: Aarti Aney, Arundhati Raja, Shlok Menon, Supriya Utthaiah, Swetanshu Bora with Bhavana Rajendran joining the cast for the second run. . . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia
21 of 30: The Vaidya’s Oath May 2016 . Written by @gautamraja Directed by Jeff Teare . A husband and wife. A doctor and a scientist. A mother and a baby and antibiotics that no longer work. . A Note from the director: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a world problem but is especially an Indian one. In a land with more mobile phones than toilets trying to keep AMR at bay is hard. It may seem like someone else’s problem. Try telling that to Kamala and her new-born baby with sepsis… . Featuring: Bhavik Bhandari, Jimmy Xavier, Rebecca Spurgeon, Yeshaswini Channiah, Praveen Potti. . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia

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