Archive for December, 2009

Bangalore @ Night

There are colours all over, if you want to see them! Was walking around in Brigade road at around 10 PM on a weekday, and saw these lovely play of neon and the mundane.

Night Street

Night Street

Night Street

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Capacity : 3 idiots

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Spotted this autorickshaw near MG Road in Bangalore, with a promo poster for Aamir Khan’s new film. (No prizes for guessing the name of the movie.) The caption was indeed interesting – but cleverly conceived. It doesn’t say that the occupants are 3 idiots, but uses the word “capacity.” Unusual enough, I guess, to catch your eye and give you that one prompt to say: I must check it out.

Aamir, I must say has been very creative in his promo ideas – I found the close-shaved look with the designer scar for Ghajini promos absolutely “out-of-the-dabba.” And I must say they did the job without a splurge on paid media promos.

Worked for me:)

There’s more on Aamir’s unique promotion strategies at this link…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/cinemascope/Aamir-s-unique-marketing-strategy-for-3-Idiots/482871/H1-Article1-482569.aspx

Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” at Ranga Shankara: Play Review

n the well-designed brochure that Ligra distributed at the staging of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days”, at Ranga Shankara on the 12th and 13th of December, was a line by Chandran Sankaran, written to the husband of the actor who plays the lead, Winnie (Patty Gallagher) …and it says, “I finally understood a Beckett play!”

That’s an important line to keep in mind as we approach one of Samuel Beckett’s lesser known plays ( the better known ones, of course are “Waiting for Godot” and “The End Game”.)

Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969, and it’s amazing to think that this play, on the 8th of October, completed 50 years of existence! For that kind of history, it’s pretty timeless.

It’s also, in a sense, spaceless. It deals with a woman who is buried, first up to her waist, and in the second act, up to her neck, in sand, while her husband, Willie(surely a very unrewarding role for any actor..his entire dialogue in the second act was one monosyllabic word-grunt!)fumbles around her and goes into his cave or hole occasionally.

Beckett is not interested in the cause of this situation, but he draws the character of Winnie, with her unfailing optimism that each will be, once again, a “happy day”.

You can read about the play in the Wiki,

here

Patty Gallagher has been playing Winnie and Joe McGrath the part of Willie (surely a very unrewarding role for any actor when the entire dialogue in the second act consists of a monosyllabic grunt!), but when Chandran Sankaran saw the play, he and

Rogue Theatre, Tuscon, Arizona

decided to bring it to Bangalore. So

Ligra

had a growing group of volunteers who decided that Ranga Shankara would be the venue.

Patty Gallagher has made an excellent choice in this role and play. It is a very demanding role, where no body movements can be made, and in the second half, the face alone must convey the dramatic action and hold the audience. And with that mobile, incredibly expressive face, that runs the gamut of emotions, Patty carried the play through with remarkable aplomb. The brochure says that they were looking for a local actor to play Willie, and to my mind this would have been adequate, but it was Joe Mc Grath who did play the role.

It was a treat, too, to watch the very subtle direction of the play. Patty’s husband Stewart told me before the start, that even her small eye movements are scripted; I must say that was a very tough job superbly done.

The lighting and the “off” effects were also well-timed and impeccably executed.

And so…we come to the “But”.

Well…part of the “but” has nothing to do with Rogue Theater or Ligra…it is just that of late, I seem to be watching nothing but monologues at Ranga Shankara…”Bikhre Bimb”, “Flowers”….and I found it a little palling to have yet another play where a single actor has to carry the entire play.

Also, I am beginning to thirst, in a bourgeoisie way, for plays with a properstoryline and action…and a play about a woman stuck in the mud, with a few articles of daily use, is neither easy to understand nor digest.

It’s all very well to be part of a “discerning” theatre audience, but I don’t want, always, to be stretching my mind at an evening of theatre, and probably because of the plays I have been watching, found this one to be difficult.

However, I did enjoy the play much more than I would have thought possible, and for this, I thank Ligra, Rogue Theatre, and Patty Gallagher!

The play is recommended if you are into serious theatre; if you are just out for an evening’s entertainment, it’s still watchable, given a suspension of disbelief about a woman existing between sleep and waking periods, buried in sand.

Bengaluru Habba 09 – Crafts Mela..

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Bangalouru Habba is here, An art exhibition “Craft Mela — Kalamadhyam” is organized in Chitrakala Parishat from Dec 11th till 20th loaded with various artifacts from different parts of the country, these colorful kites too represent the colors of the creations; don’t miss it if you are in the city!! More photos here…

Interactive Theatre in a new Format: Mushaira Theatre

Yours Truly Theatre invites you with your friends & colleagues
for weekend of Interactive Theatre Double Bill !
(Dec 12 and Dec 13). Showcasing two unique interactive Theatre formats.

Dont make me laugh is done in Playback Theatre Style where actors enacts reactions and stories of audiences on the spot.
Mushaira Theatre, where actors create shayari on the spot, even creating compositons based on reactions by audiences on the spot.

Show: Dont Make me Laugh
Date: Dec 12th, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Nayana Hall, Ravindra Kalakesthra, JC Road

Show: Mushaira Theatre
Date: Dec 13th, 2009
Venue:Nayana Hall, Ravindra Kalakesthra, JC Road

For tickets call 9845243051 /9845853093 Or mail us at yourstrulytheatre@gmail.com

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Sale of Crafts by Avighna

Avighna Collections announces an exhibition cum sale of crafts, paintings , and curios.

Venue: The Society Interior Collections Exhibition,

Hotel Ashok.

Dates:11th of Dec to 13th Dec between 10.30 am to 8 PM .

Do visit Stall no 6!

For passes/invitations, contact 65670035 Mr Gopal Rao on the 9th and 10th of December.

Wildlife Photography Exhibition at CKP

10th to 17th December 2009, 11.00am to 8.00 pm:
WILD WITNESS
An Exhibition of Indian Wildlife Photographs by S P Nagendra

Inauguration on Thursday, 10th December 2009 at 10.30 am by
Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji
Art of Living Foundation

Thursday, 17th December 2009 at 10.30 am:
Release of a book on Indian Wildlife – Written by S P Nagendra
Book release by Sri B S Yeddyurappa
Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka
Launching of Website by
Dr Veerendra Heggade
Dharmadhikari, Srikshetra Dharmasthala

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Venue: Chitrakala Parishath Art Complex
Kumara Kripa Road, Bangalore – 560001
Exhibition Timings: 11am to 8pm

For more details, please contact:

S P Nagendra (ARPS)
(Department of Technical Education)

Unnathi Foundation
#50, 6th Main, 5th Block,
Jayanagar, Bangalore – 560041
Ph: 91-80-26656418
Mob: 093428 12036
Email: unnathinature@yahoo.in

Video protesting Government’s move to introduce ID cards for Cubbon Park and Lalbagh

The students of St.Joseph’s have made a short video protesting against the Government’s move to issue passes at Rs.200 for entry to Cubbon Park and Lalbagh.

Watch the video

here

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