Archive for October, 2008

Where to eat, when half of Bangalore is snoring…

We were driving down Cubbon Road the other day, way past midnight.
We were starving, hungry and ravenous – and almost as if on autopilot,
we turned into Central Street. The Empire glow sign from across the
road, was a sight for hungerbuds on overdrive.

Nothing to beat Empire, when half of Bangalore is tucked into bed.

Ranga Chitra at Ranga Shankara on Nov.4th 2008

Ranga Chitra, a day of film screenings on travelling theatre, is scheduled to be held at Ranga Shankara on 4 November at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm. The screenings are a part of the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’08 which pays tribute to Company Theatre, which dominated the Indian stage in the early part of the 20th Century.

Six films will be screened as part of Ranga Chitra including Naveen Kishore’s Performing the Goddess: The Chapal Bhaduri Story; Ariane Mnouckine’s Molière; M S Sathyu’s Gubbi Company; K Madhusudhanan’s Maya Bazaar – The Survival of a 120-year-old Theatre Family and Anand Gupt’s The Role of Theatre Brochures. Envisaged as theatrical journeys with the repertory companies, five of the selected films examine the life and art of traveling actors in France and across India (in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal). One film showcases one of the most durable artifacts of what is truly an ephemeral art: the theatre brochure.

Ranga Chitra will be screened in two sessions on 4 Nov (Session 1: 2:00 to 5:30 pm; Session 2: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm). Admission to the film screenings is free. Entry passes are available at the Ranga Shankara ticket counter from 10 am – 12.30 pm and 5.00 – 7.30 pm (all days).

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Is HAL Airport Re-opening?

Seems like a Deewali gift to Bangaloreans, and shows someone is awake upthere, remains realistic to the infra-starved India, the Parliamentary Standing Committee report (42nd report functioning private airports and related issues) show the signs of practicality and even seem to think along in the interest of passengers in both the cities…

The report highlights issues and concerns in and around HAL airport at Bangalore and Begumpet in Hyderabad, here are some important observations / highlights of this report…

• Charging of ADF or UDF for financing of the airport is not advisable in the context of policy objective of making the air travel more affordable. The committee has recommended that the UDF imposed on passengers may be withdrawn immediately and no more UDF may be imposed on passengers in any airport.
• Closures of existing airports had caused a revenue loss of Rs 610 crore in 2007-08 for the Airports Authority of India and hundreds of crore spent on developing this airports were lying unutilised because of closure of this infrastructure although these were used for VIP flights, general aviation and helicopter taxi services.
• These airports may be used for short haul flights as is the practice existing in major cities of the world which had more than one airport.
• Committee was informed that the Notice Inviting Tender did not have any mention about the closure of HAL airport at Bangalore but was brought in at the later stage of concessionary agreement. As regarding the violation of the norm that no new airport should come up within 150 km of existing airport and the permitting the Greenfield airports in the two southern cities seemed to violate the policy of the Government.
• Both Greenfield airports were far away from the cities compelled the passengers to use other means of transport such as road and trains for short distance destinations. UDF charges have made the travel from these airports costlier both in terms of time and money.
• Committee had found that the equity contributions of these two Greenfield airports were Rs 240 crore in Bangalore and Rs 330 crore in Hyderabad and the land was given at a concessionary rate. Rest of the finance had come from Government agencies by way of debt from financial institutions. If such resources were to be given to AAI itself, they could have easily developed the infrastructure
• The panel had observed that the Bangalore and Hyderabad airports were making the passengers pay ”exorbitant prices’ for the food items in the airports, while those waiting outside had not access to affordable canteen facilities, toilets and bathrooms. excessive commercialisation had taken a toll of the passenger amenities

Read the full coverage here and here

Trickster Stories

A lot of such things probably keep happening every day here in our city but not many get highlighted and make much news. But these incidents need to get shared to create awareness especially among the vulnerable – the elderly, women & kids.

 

These two incidents involve folks from my neighborhood. Both elderly, one involves a man & the other a woman.

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CitizenMatters/Metaculture: Panel Discussion: Conflict and the Future for Bangaloreans

Kannadiga, Hindu, North Indian,
Native, Christian, Marwadi, Urban, Rich, Muslim, Dalit,
Tamilian, Immigrant, Bihari, Middle class, Mangalorean,
Poor, Elite, South Indian, Slum dweller, IT professional …

Bangalorean.

You are invited to a

PANEL DISCUSSION

CONFLICT AND THE FUTURE FOR BANGALOREANS

Facilitated by Meta-culture Dialogics

Hosted by Citizen Matters,

Bangalore’s own newsmagazine at www.citizenmatters.in

4:00 pm, Sunday, 19 October 2008

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore.

108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore

Preceded by: The documentary Bombay, Our City by Anand Patwardhan at 3 pm

Followed by: The documentary Fishers of Men by Ranjan Kamath at 6:30 pm

And an interaction with Ranjan Kamath

All are welcome!

For information: please contact: Rafael: 080 – 4117 2421 or Meera: 080 – 4173 7584

"Choong Hyang": Korean Play at Ranga Shankara

Ranga Shankara and InKo Centre, Chennai present Choon-Hyang (True Love), a world-class Korean play in English on 22 October & 23 October at 7.30 pm. This is a part of Ranga Shankara’s Theatre For Children program AHA!, that is supported by Britannia Industries Limited.

Choon-Hyang has played to great acclaim in New York, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Singapore and will play in Bangalore as part of their India tour.

Written and directed by Kevin Kim, Choon-Hyang tells the traditional Korean story of a young girl named Choon-Hyang. A heart-warming tale, it has been passed down orally in Korea for centuries. Choon-Hyang will transport the audience to the magic of ancient Korea through music, dance and the sheer exuberance of its young actors! This acclaimed production by Theatre Seoul stars 19 young Koreans between 9 and 18 years of age.

Another major highlight of the play is that the costumes have been created exclusively from traditional Korean Hanji paper, which is known for extraordinary strength and elasticity. The designs and colours that have been created in this paper for the costumes are amazing and one of its kind.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 200. Online booking is available at www.bookmyshow.com. Like always, Ranga Shankara has organized two shows exclusively for schools, on the mornings of 23 Oct and 24 Oct. Schools can reach out on 26493982 or aha.rangashankara@gmail.com for more details. (more…)

Festive colours in Bangalore

Came across this line-up of trucks near Ulsoor Lake.

If you’re reading this outside of India, this is one of those sights you’ll find fascinating.
Ayudh Pooja is one day in October, when you wash, clean and spruce up any equipment,
work-tool or vehicle that you use and give it pride of place – you might even do a small
pooja to give it a little more sanctity.

Check out Rajesh Dangi’s blog for another interesting insight

Contemporary Architecture of Bangalore:Exhibition by, and at, Max Mueller Bhavan

080 Transform – Contemporary Architecture in Bangalore: Exhibition & Events
October 10 to 26, 2008
Only an informed city can shape itself better. Find out how Bangalore is shaping up at 080 Transform, a unique presentation of the emergent architecture in Bangalore, conceptualised and curated by InCITE. Complementary events include Design Dialogues, Design Walks and Meet the Architect Sessions.

For more details:

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"Alarms and Excursions" At Ranga Shankara by Dramanon

“ALARMS & EXCURSIONS” – More Plays than One

At

Rangashankara , J.P.Nagar

October 8th & 9th (Both days at 7:30 PM)

Telebooking : 9845017975 (Rs 150/Ticket)

Online Booking : www.indianstage.in

Ticket Outlets : Rangashankara, K.C Das, St. Mark’s Rd,

Blossom Book House, Church Street

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Vastrabharana…

On occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and the long weekend following, city vibes keeping its patrons busy with various means.

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A range of Indian sarees displayed in the center of a art gallery of Chitrakala Parishat, housing an exhibition of traditional Indian sarees. Artisans and traders from various parts of the country participated to showcase their expertise and range.
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