Theatre Festival Begins @ Ranga Shankara

Published: 28th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2014 10:06 PM   |  A+A-


Chirabande Wade

Kannada, 150 mins

Presented by: Rangayana, Mysore

Written by: Mahesh Elkunchwar

Translated by: Maruthi Shanubagh

Directed by: Pramila Bengre

Date: November 5

Time: 7.30 pm

Chirabande Wade is a mirror that shows most of us where we come from - a feudal system that created the great Hindu joint family.

Over 150 intense minutes, the playwright paints a moving canvas that marvelously recreates the story of a family in a small town. A story that is our own. 


English, 75 mins

Presented by: Adishakti, Puducherry

Written & directed by: Veenapani Chawla

Date: October 29

Time: 7.30 pm

Different patterns and textures of rhythm form the basis of communication in the play. And the rhythms have origins in Koodiyattam and music from south-east Asia. In an auditorium like Ranga Shankara, these rhythms, played live of course,

create an out-of-the-world experience. 

Ismat Apa Ke Naam

Hindustani, 120 mins

Presented by: Motley, Mumbai

Written by: Ismat Chughtai

Directed by: Naseeruddin Shah

Date: November 9

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

Ismat Apa Ke Naam was performed in Ranga Shankara’s first festival in 2004. It was rumoured that the tickets for the show were sold in theblack market. And an over-enthusiastic security guard at Ranga Shankara stopped Naseeruddin Shah from going to the green room. Lesson learnt - give badges to every participant in a fest.

Boy with a Suitcase

English, 80 mins

Presented by: Schnawwl, Mannheim

Directed by: Andrea Gronemeyer

Written by: Mike Kenny

Date: November 1

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

Boy with a Suitcase is a dream play that features a  multi-country cast and crew. Produced through Indo-German funding, the play deals with the topic of displacement brought about by war.

Love Letters

English, 90 mins

Presented by: Rage, Mumbai

Written by: A R Gurney

Directed by: Rahul da Cunha

Date: November 8

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

Shernaz Patel and Rajit Kapur have been playing Melissa Gardner and Andy Ladd III for 22 years now and have done around 250 shows. What is it that draws a full-house of weeping, laughing repeat audiences and new converts for life, every time there is a show? Find out for yourself.


Hindi, 125 mins

Presented by: Indian Ensemble, Bangalore

Written and directed by:

Abhishek Majumdar

Date: November 4

Time: 7.30 pm

Eminent critic Shanta Gokhale says the following about Kaumudi: “The play challenged viewers with multiple layers of meaning, speaking to them eloquently through each meticulously crafted element of theatre - script, performance, sound (Abhijeet Tambe) and light (Anmol Vellani).

Maya Bazaar

Telugu, 120 mins

Presented by: Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali, Hyderabad

Written by: Malladi Venkata Krishna Sharma

Directed by: R Nageswara Rao

Date: October 30

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

Maya Bazaar is a throwback to the era of company drama. It shows us how entertainment was before we invented CGI, with laddus flying into Ghatotkacha’s mouth, arrows of fire being doused by those of water and hand-painted sceneries changing in a jiffy.

Marathi (with English surtitles), 135 mins

Presented by: Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune

Written by: Girish Karnad

Translated by: Pradeep Vaiddya

Directed by: Mohit Takalkar

Date: November 6

Time: 7.30 pm

Uney Purey Shahar Ek (translates to ‘one city - give or take some’) is an adaption that dazzles. Deploying intelligent stagecraft, Mohit Takalkar packs the pace and punch intended by the playwright. The subtitles help those of us who can’t follow Marathi but the narrative, the actors and the everyday situations that all of us live through are what thrills you.

Ms. Meena

English, 110 mins

Presented by: Perch, Chennai

Written by: Rashmi Ruth


(Inspired by Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit)

Directed by: Rajiv Krishnan

Date: November 3

Time: 7.30 pm

Ms. Meena is a picture of everything that modern Indian theatre is — aspirational, devised, local, multi-cultural and multi-lingual with phenomenal ease, attention to detail and high quality, and energy at its best.

Naga Mandala

Punjabi (with English surtitles), 90 mins

Presented by: The Company, Chandigarh

Written by: Girish Karnad

Directed by: Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry

Date: November 2

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

The communities of the Himalayan region are witnessing the revival of ethnic and religious consciousness This collection engages with the rapid social change and acute identity crises that have emerged in the area from Gilgit to Eastern Nepal.

Neenaanaadre Naaneenena

Kannada, 120 mins

Presented by: Sanket

Written and directed by: S Surendranath

Date: October 31

Time: 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm

Neenaanaadre Naaneenena is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Crafted with skill and played out to perfection, the play starts on a high note, only to reach higher octaves as it proceeds. That well-known actors from Kannada TV and big screen form the cast makes it all the more a treat.

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