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Gumma Bande Gumma Kicks off the Ranga Shankara Summer Express

Ranga Shankara’s Summer Express (for children) programme opens on Monday, April 6th, 2009. Under the umbrella of AHA!, Ranga Shankara’s sustained Theatre for Children programme supported by Britannia Industries Ltd., this years Summer Express will reach 920 children across six locations in the city. Limited seats are still available for the summer workshops.

“Gumma Banda Gumma”, Ranga Shankara’s flagship play under AHA!, will kick off this years Summer Express on April 5th at Ranga Shankara. There will be two shows of the play on the same day, at 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM. “Gumma Banda Gumma” has done more than 50 shows so far and is a favourite among children and adults. Close to 20,000 children and parents have watched Gumma Banda Gumma not just at Ranga Shankara but at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram, Udupi and Bellary.

“Gumma Banda Gumma”, is directed by Vibhawari Deshpande with Padmavati Rao as assistant director. It is an adaptation of the original German play, Max Und Milli. [Max and Milli]. It is a five character play performed in the tradition of GRIPS Theatre.

The play focuses on the ability of a child to communicate and bond with another regardless of all the barriers adults create. It is about unconditional friendship, sibling love and rivalry, parent child relationships and how all of these can be quite full of fun and happiness. The play is for children 5 years and above.

Ranga Shankara can be contacted at 26493982.

— Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777

"The First Leaf" by, and at, Ranga Shankara

“The First Leaf”, a special play for children in English, will be staged at Ranga Shankara from 26-28 August 2008 at 7.30 pm.

“The First Leaf” is a production of AHA! Ranga Shankara’s Theatre for Children initiative. Padmavati Rao, who has previously served as Assistant Director on Shankar Nag’s popular TV serial, Malgudi Days, directs the play. The translation into English from the original by Shrirang Godbole is by the director. Padmavati has also co-directed AHA!’s other production “Gumma Banda Gumma” in Kannada.

Music for “The First Leaf” is by Bhavataarini, daughter of the famous composer, Ilayaraja.

This play opened in December last year to an appreciative audience of children and adults. Till date, over 6200 children have enjoyed the play through the Deccan Herald’s Newspaper in Education programme.

“The First Leaf” tells the inspiring story of Putti, her brother Dodu and friend Chinna who live in a time of imminent environmental catastrophe, which is as real as today and looms as close as tomorrow. The three young students explore their surroundings through fantasy and fun with the new tenant in their residential complex, who breathes new meaning into all he touches and encounters. The lesson ultimately learnt is one of protecting Plant Earth.


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