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Women…..want to act in a children’s play?

Feel like performing?

rafiki is seeking women actors for a programme titled What do you Say to a Dragon. The programme for children will roll out in July and run till September.Prior acting experience is not a criteria.

Workshop-audition

Ashirvad

Off St. Mark’s road

Saturday 12th March, 2011

10am to 1pm

Call Ravindra on 9986371543 for further details

Lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUNESS FOR A GREEN PLANET

Lecture on

THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUNESS FOR A GREEN PLANET

By Deepti Diwakar

18 September 2010, Saturday, 5:30 PM

At British Library, Bangalore

Climate change knows no national boundaries and natural environment and wildlife species are becoming extinct, perhaps never to be replaced again. Can we evolve holistically instead of just being intellectual? Let us reconsider our relationship with the earth.

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Crafts Exhibition and Sale at Avighna

Ganesha Festival: Exhibition cum Sale

Avighna Collections is having an exhibition cum sale of various Ganesha
avatars in fibre, glass and wooden wall hangings too. This exhibition
is held at
Sankhla House, 88, Vyalikaval 3rd main, Bangalore

from

Aug 30th to Sept 10th, 2010.
Please contact 65670035.

Entrepreneurship Education Program for Women in Bangalore

Invitation: 10,000 Women 2010

Greetings from NEN!

We’re writing to inform you of an exciting entrepreneurship education program that might be of interest to you or to someone you know.

Launched by Goldman Sachs, the 10,000 Women program is a global initiative to increase the number of under-served women receiving business and management education. The initiative rests on the belief that partnerships between education, development and business experts can help bring about significant change through improved business education for women. The Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, is the academic partner for the 10,000 Women program in India.

Through this programme, Goldman Sachs and the ISB are offering an intensive course to provide world-class education to help women entrepreneurs to think big, and to grow their businesses.
This year, courses will be taught in several cities. Currently, applications are being accepted for Hyderabad and Bangalore. Deadline for application for Bangalore is 23rd August and for Hyderabad is 24th August. Courses start in October, and scholarships are available.

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Cycling Rally on March 7th 2010

Cycle Rally – 7th March 2010

The Event: ‘Go Green Bangalore’ – A Cycle Rally in Bangalore on Sunday, 7th March 2010, 6.30 am.

The Task: Cycling 21 kms : Kanteerva Stadium – Hebbal Flyover – Kanteerva Stadium.

The Cause:

· To commemorate International Women’s Day.

· To tell Bangalore that it is time to Go Green and Healthy.

· To urge the Government to create cycling and walking lanes around the city.

Participation: Anyone and everyone who believes in cleaner and greener Bangalore. Beg, borrow, buy a cycle and be at Kanteerva Stadium. Email us and we will send you the application form.

Conducted by: Women Adventure Network of India (WANI), this event is being held in Bangalore, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Mount Abu, Baroda and Surat.

Contact:

· Vasumathi Srinivasan: vasumathis@dataone.in

· Smitha Srinivasan: smithasrinivasan@gmail.com

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.

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.

Kommaghatta Lake in Kengeri area…suddenly disappears

I belong to a group of women, and we call ourselves BULBs…Bangalore Urban Lady-Birders. One of our favourite destinations to go birding (or bird-watching) is…Kommaghatta Lake (in Kengeri).

Yesterday we went birding to Manchinabele Reservoir and several of us planned to go to Kommaghatta Lake this morning.

One of us did visit…and found that the lake had…disappeared.

Here’s part of her message:

“sorry for sending bad news your way so early, ….i reached the *erstwhile* kommaghatta lake and found no sign of it… I could hardly believe my eyes… the entire lake is GONE, disappeared, lake bed dredged up and big mounds lying all over the place. walked across the lake bed… i meant to walk the entire stretch but after a point didn’t have the heart to do it…. still can’t get over the anger and the shock….
no cheers,
-g”

The anguish we all feel speaks through those strong words. How DARE BBMP dry up our water bodies like this? Have they no sense? I read last week that BBMP does not want to plant any more trees in Bangalore because “the roots are shallow”. This may be true of the Rain trees and the Spathodeas (which are from Africa) …but what about planting banyan trees, neem trees or mango trees instead? Our old roads and highways had shelter for wayfarers, and sheltered wildlife and birds, and gave welcome shade even to motorized vehiccles.

What on earth is wrong with our present government that they are so extremely shortsighted>

Is there some way we can get the BBMP to account for the disappearance of Kommaghatta Lake?

I am told that Jakku Lake has been similarly drained. I am…truly anguished. Should I stand by and see my city being murdered and literally dried to death in this fashion? NOTHING will bring back the trees and the lakes once they are going. We can just have “Sampangi Tank Road” and “Miller Road Tank Bed” as road signs, that’s all.

click here

to see where Kommaghatta Lake is….was…situated.

New Play, “Sic”, by Dramanon at Ranga Shankara

Play : [sic]

Troupe : Dramanon, Bangalore

Playwright : Melissa James Gibson

Director : Sharanya Ramprakash

Venue : Ranga Shankara

Date & Time : August 20th & 21st (7:30 PM) Duration : 90 Mins (No interval) Telebooking No : 9880036611/ 9845017975 Online Booking : www.indianstage.in Play Synopsis:

sic (adv.): thus, so.

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3-D Lenticular Print Exhibition for the First Time in India, by Photographer Annu Palakunathu Matthew

TASVEER, the art gallery, presents “The Virtual Immigrant” by Photographer Annu Palakunathu Matthew.

This is the first exhibition of 3D Lenticular prints in India.
Exhibition:The Virtual Immigrant
Venue: TASVEER , Sua House
Date: Aug 28 – Sept 19, 2009 (Sundays closed)

For more details, visit Tasveer online at

http://www.tasveerarts.com/

contact Tasveer, Bangalore:

Sua House, 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
Bangalore 560001, India

Contact : Kaajal Gupta
Tel : + 91 99862 84251
+ 91 80 2212 8358

kaajal.tasveer@gmail.com

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