Archive for July, 2008

"Antaryatra" at Ranga Shankara

India Foundation for the Arts today presented “Antaryatra” (“The Journey Within the Self”), directed and performed by Usha Ganguli, at Ranga Shankara.

The play was a self-referential one; Usha has led the theatre group, “Rangakarmee”, for about 25 years now. She spoke of her experiences as an actress (sorry, actor is the pc word to use, but here, the word has a specific gender meaning!)…and of her journey from the very first nervous day at the theatre, through the various roles she has enacted, as well as the many women she had come into contact with…all of which has shaped her life. As she said, “If I had learnt it in a school, I would not have learnt so much, or been moulded so much…”

Usha slipped in and out of the sutradhar’s part, and in and out of the characters of either the women in the plays, or the women in her life, effortlessly. Her mobile face expressed every emotion beautifully; that mobility allowed me to gloss over the couple of occasions when she fluffed her lines (and surely it must be a very difficult task to sustain a monologue for 75 minutes non-stop!).

The dramatization opened with memories of Kolkata…and being a Kolkata-childhood person myself, I empathized perfectly. Her training in classical dance informed her movements on stage, and they were fluid and graceful, and it was a delight to watch her for this reason alone, if not for her emoting!


"Antaryatra" at Ranga Shankara on 30th July

India Foundation for the Arts



Directed and Performed by Usha Ganguli

Produced by Rangakarmee

Supported by Sobha Developers

July 30th, Ranga Shankara 7:30 pm


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7 blasts reported in Bangalore

The latest report is that there were 7 blasts in the city. As of now, they seem to have been low-intensity. The areas are Nayandahalli, Madivala, Adugodi on the outskirts, near Mallya Hospital, Langford Road and Richmond Circle. Two blasts were reported in Madivala.

The news is still coming in from different sources. But do try and stay calm. Networks might be jammed so try and be a little patient if you’re trying to get through to your near and dear ones.

The first blast took place at Madiwala check post near Forum Mall. The reported toll so far is 1 and several injured. Gelatin sticks, used for mining etc. was apparently used for the blasts.

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Walk though Ulsoor on Sunday, July 27th

INTACH Bangalore is organizing a walk through Ulsoor

A reminder about the upcoming Parichay event. We will visit the
Someshwara temple and then walk through parts of the Ulsoor area. You
probably already know that the Someshwara temple is one of Bangalore’s
oldest temples. It dates back to the Chola period with several
additions made during the Vijayanagar period by the founder of
Bangalore, Kempegowda. The interesting thing is you can see the
architectural elements from both these periods quite clearly in the
temple. Ulsoor is, of course, one of Bangalore’s oldest settlements.

Sathya Prakash Varanashi, former Professor & Head of the Department of
Architecture at Bangalore Institute of Technology, will lead us
through parts of the residential areas and markets of Ulsoor. HR
Prathibha, Convenor, Intach Bangalore, will talk to us about the

We will meet at 9:30 am on Sunday, 27th July 2008, outside the
Someshwara temple. We expect to finish the day’s programme by about
12:30. The temple is on a little lane opposite the Ulsoor Police
Station, off Old Madras Road. There is some parking available on the
lane outside the temple.

If you have questions, call Pankaj (93421 35215), Swathi (98451 32181)
or Meera (99860 23014).

Five Blasts in Bangalore Outskirts

3.00 pm > CNN IBN reports > Five low intensity blasts Bangalore outskirts at 1.30pm afternoon in a matter of 12 minutes

One in Madiwala check post – (Hosur road), (several injured and one women dead) another in Nayandhahalli (Mysore road) and Ashok Nagar, Langford town(Raja Ram Mohan circle), Audugudi. ( all in south Bangalore)

Police sources said that these are low intensity blasts (gelatin sticks with timer device) and are cause to create fear panic.

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Centenary Celebrations

Bangalore Gayana Samaja, K R Road, Basavanagudi, is holding the centenary celebrations of the great Carnatic musician, Semmangudi Dr R Srinivasa Iyer, with its 40th music conference being held from July 27 to August 3.

14 experts will hold lecture-demonstrations on Semmangudi’s life and music. Those who won the Talent Promotion Youth Festival, and the annual music competitions, will receive their prizes now too.

From 9.45am to 12.30 m, daily, from July 28 to August 2, technical discussions centering around the theme of Semmangudi will be held.

At the valedictory function at 10am on August 3, the Conference President, Bellary Venkateshachar, will have the title, “Sangeetha Kalaratna” conferred upon him.

Artistes of the Year awards will be given to several musicians, musicologists, and music reviewers.

For more details, contact the Samaja office:

@65 6049 2120 8643, 2661 2244.

"Sapne" (Hindi) as part of Sanchay by Mashaal

It’s a long time since we had Hindi theatre here…and now it’s in the offing….

Mashaal brings to you Sanchay. Sanchay (meaning ‘Collection’ in Hindi) is a new initiative by Mashaal which aims to showcase on stage, a few short pieces of theatrical performances, different from one another in content & presentation, but united by a common theme.

Theme : Sapne
Language : Hindi
Date & Time : 27th July, 7:30 p.m.
Location : CFD (Centre for Film and Drama)
Duration : 60-70 minutes
Entry : Rs. 75
For bookings contact: +91 9739803104 or


New perspectives


J.B.Hubli is one artist from Karnataka who has defined his own canvas – except that the workspace here is not canvas, but veneer on wood. He has the rare ability to recognize shapes and artforms in pieces of wood that are normally discarded or recycled by saw mills.

Jayant’s favourite hunting ground is a saw mill in Mysore, where machines slice large tree trunks to manufacture plywood. In the initial part of the production run, interesting bits of wood fly off the cutting machines. These pieces are hand-picked to “assemble” a picture – bit by bit, like a jigsaw puzzle.

When you look at his work, you are truly amazed at his mastery over form, in an interplay of images that seem to spring out of nature’s visual tapestry. Jayant has showcased his works of art in most major cities and is currently planning to share his unique perspectives with art lovers in Delhi. This talented young artist is from the Mysore College of Art (CAVA) and also has some very inspiring work in oils, water-colours, charcoal and acrylic.

You can view more of his work on his website. For samples of re-sized digital images of his work, please mail him at :


Strike by Cab Drivers

Commercial cab drivers are said to be protesting in and around few parts of the city and preventing the employee cabs of different companies from commuting to various places as per schedule.

It is said that as a part of the benefits, the cab drivers are not eligible for accident benefits which they think is an important aspect considering the amount of accidents that transpires.
There ware some disturbance reported earlier in the morning though the situation seems to be under control.

Undoubtedly, this is the right time for the auto drivers to make some extra money. Isn’t it? However, car pooling should be a good thought.

Not sure if this strike is going to continue for some more days. Any idea?
Is there some other reason for the strike?

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