Archive for the ‘Festival’ Category

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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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

Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2008: First Internship Program

Ranga Shankara announces its first internship programme during its upcoming Theatre Festival 2008. Applications are invited from interested candidates before 24 September 2008.

Since its commencement in 2004, the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festivals have brought the best of Indian and international theatre to Bangalore. This year’s Festival will provide six interns the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how a theatre works and to work with India’s leading theatre professionals in a positive and energised environment.

The Festival Internships run for 45 full days, starting on 1 October 2008 and concluding on 15 November 2008. The internships are open to graduates available to work full time for the 45-day period. Graduates in Journalism, Mass Communication and Event Management are especially encouraged to apply. Certificates will be issued to the interns on completion of the internship. The internship is an unpaid position.

The philosophy of the programme is to have interns work with the staff and theatre practitioners on a daily basis in preparation for the Annual Theatre Festival, observing practical applications of skills required in theatre and festival administration and applying those skills to assigned tasks.

Through this exposure to theatre professionals at work—and to their audiences—interns will learn what a Theatre Festival means to the life of a community, and how the life of a community enriches its theatre. Interns will, thus, experience the rewards and challenges associated with producing theatre in the professional theatre community. While every effort is made to make internships a valuable educational experience, interns are expected to perform a variety of tasks, not all of which will be glamorous.

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Dhwani North Indian Music Festival

The Bangalore Kidney Foundation is proud to present Dhwani 2008 – 5th BKF Mallikarjun Mansur Music Festival

Saturday, 20th September 2008, 5.45 PM – 10.00 PM
Pt. N. V. Gopinath, Sitar
Smt. Shruti Sadolikar, Vocal

Sunday, 21st September 2008, 9.45 AM – 2.00 PM
Pt. Samaresh Chawdhury, Vocal
Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Vocal

Sunday, 21st September 2008, 5.45 PM – 10.00 PM
Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi, Vocal
Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Vocal

Venue: Shivarathreeshwara Hall (JSS Auditorium), 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Donor Passes: Rs. 50 only | Available at the venue
Also available at: KC Das (25587003) | Landmark (22067777) | Calypso (22452368) | Channel 9 (55392728)

For more details contact: Mr. Y. Guruprasad on 98454 24053

Celebrating festivities…

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City is busy celebrating Ganesha festival, even the busy streets like this SP road which is an electronics & engineering market does celebrate festivities by way of offering free lunches to the community.
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Festival Sale at Avighna

Avighna exhibits an exclusive collection of Swarovsky crystal
jewellery by Kala Ramachandran and oil paintings of Lord Ganesha
avatars by Shankuntala Jain at

88 Sankhla House,3rd Main,
Vyalikaval, Bangalore 560003

The exhibition-cum-sale will be on the 23rd and 24th August 2008, from 10.30am to 8pm

For further information, contact Indira Sankhla at

avighna88@gmail.com

or on 6567 0035/ 99809 22328

Their website is

www.avighnacollections.com

Here’s my previous posting about Avighna, when Indira started her store:

http://bangalore.metblogs.com/2007/09/20/avighnaa-new-store-for-you/

Avighna has completed nearly a year of existence now, and is growing from strength to strength, as Indira and her team work hard to bring the best of home decor to the discerning patron of arts and crafts!

AHA! Theatre festival at Ranga Shankara

Ranga Shankara and DHNiE (Deccan Herald Newspapers in Education) are staging a theatre festival, which will kick off on July15, and will feature a total of 35 shows till the end of August.

The festival starts off with “Gumma Bande Gumma” (an adaptation of the German play, “Max Und Milli”, from July 15 to 18. The play is about a child’s ability to connect to others regardless of adult restrictions.

This play will be followed by “The First Leaf”, written by Padmavati Rao. The play is about Putti, her brothers Dodu and Chinna, and their neighbours, facing the challenges of a middle-class family.

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The Ramanavami Concerts….

Dr K J Yesudas’ inaugural concert for the Ramanavami series at Sri Ramaseva Mandali, Chamarajpet on Ugadi Day (April 7), with the classic pieces like the well-beloved “Vatapi Ganapathim Bhaje” as well as lesser-known padams like “Enanittu Mechisuveno” was good …… but if only he hadn’t also studded the concert with the speech, no, preach, about money, remuneration for artistes, sponsors, and so on….that really did not go with the mood of the concert.

In fact, there are times when I wish that even if lecture-demonstration concerts, there is less of the lecture and more of the singing! But this of course is only my opinion….

But music lovers have many good concerts in store yet, but how people are expected to arrive for a concert at 5 pm on a working day is not something I can understand…nor the different timings on different days. However, there must be some logic to this.

Venue: Government Junior College, Fort High School Grounds.

Monday, April 14:

5pm, Saptha Swara award presentation to the following artistes, Parasala Ponnammal, T K Govinda Rao, Manakkal Rangarajan, Tiruananthapuram R Venkataraman, Mysore Mahadevappa, H G Krishnamurhty.

6.45pm, Kadri Gopalnath on the saxophone, with Kanyakumari on the violin and percussion by Harikumr, N Amruth and B Rajashekar.

Tuesday April 15:

5pm, Manasi Prasad and party.

7.15pm, Pattabhirama Pandit, TKV Ramanujacharyalu, Arjun Kumar and B N Chandramouli

Wednesday, April 16:

5.15pm: Kamakshi and Meenakshi, vocal duet.
6.30pm: R K Padmnabha, Parur M A Krishnaswamy, H S Sudhindra, and Sukanya Ramgopal.

Thursday, April 17:

5.15 pm: C Arvind Athryea and party.
6.30pm: N Vijaya Siva,N Charulatha Ramanujam, Neyveli Narayanan, N Amruth.

Friday, April 18:

5.15pm: Padmashree and Godamani, vocal duet
6.30pm: Malladi Brothers, Sriram and Ravi, TKV Ramanujacharyalu, K V Prasad, and B N Chandramouli.

Saturday, April 19:

5.15pm, Surabhi and party
6.30pm, Mysore Nagaraj and Mysore Manjunath, violin duet, Tiruvarur Bhakhtavatsalam and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan.

Sunday, April 20:

Founder’s Day.

9am: Felicitations to senior musicians and musicologists. Nedunuri Krishanmurthy, Nagai Muralidharan, K V Prasad, N Amruth.

6.30pm:Hyderabad Brothers, Raghavachary and Seshachary), S Varadarajan, Mannargudi Easwaran, B R Ravikumar.

Do enjoy as many of these concerts as you can!

Ugadi celebrations

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As I walked by, I happened to see two men dressed in unusual attire.
I stopped for a moment to see what was going on and realized that there were Ugadi celebrations happening in and around the vicinity of Rajajinagar.
Ambience was prearranged to symbolize a village atmosphere.

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Nava Varshada Haardika Shubaashegalu…

With this picture of the creation of new life in the forest, I wish everyone a happy New Year!

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It is only with the introduction of the “new calendar” that the “English” New Year started in January; before that, it was in April, when spring brings new life to Nature. Indeed, it was when old-fashioned people insisted on celebrating the New Year in April that others started teasing them, giving rise to the practice of April Fools’ Day!

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