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Rajat Kapoor: A Sudden Shower

Rajat Kapoor: A Sudden Shower

  It is the season of awards in the Hindi film industry and it isn’t often that small films get their own share of confetti and applause on podiums reserved for glistening blockbusters. But director and actor Rajat Kapoor and the Ankhon Dekhi team were taken by surprise when their little film with a big […]






Puppeteers Without Strings

Puppeteers Without Strings

Post 9/11, just as America began to view its history in a context where there was always a before and an after, will the Charlie Hebdo attacks colour the way France views itself? French theatre director, actress and puppeteer Aude Maréchal considers the question as she sips her black coffee in the Ranga Shankara cafe […]






The Man Who Can Be Anything

The Man Who Can Be Anything

Can Shakespeare be reinterpreted with irreverence? Can psychological drama meld into physical theatre? Can one actor play 14 characters? If you were to ask these questions to Australian theatre professional, Tref Gare, his answer would be a resounding, ‘yes.’ Gare was in India for the first time to perform in and as Kings’s Player from […]






Mahesh Dattani: Living And Writing Aloud

Mahesh Dattani: Living And Writing Aloud

Playwright Mahesh Dattani returns to his hometown Bengaluru with a play after almost two years though he was here in December to meet his sister. On January 30, Outgoing Free, a play written by Anupama Chandrasekhar, a Chennai-based journalist-turned-playwright and directed by Dattani will premiere at Ranga Shankara. ** The venue is very close to […]






Celebrating The Power Of Synergy

Celebrating The Power Of Synergy

It has been fours years of theatre and dramatic synergies at Bangalore’s Jagriti Theatre and founders Arundhati and Jagdish Raja celebrated the moment with their  rapturously noisy team by cutting a cake. It however seems like yesterday when a spanking new creative space threw its doors open to theatre lovers in Bengaluru. ** Even today, […]






Sunil Shanbag: The Tireless Idealist

Sunil Shanbag: The Tireless Idealist

“The point of theatre is to create a microcosm and connect it with a macrocosm so that a story means something to everyone.” Director, actor and theatre doyen Sunil Shanbag is holding forth in the Ranga Shankara  cafe between rehearsals of Stories In a Song, the play that played to a full house on November 7. Over […]






Sadashiv Amrapurkar: Beyond Villainy

Sadashiv Amrapurkar: Beyond Villainy

There is a moment in Mahesh Bhatt’s 1991 film Sadak when Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s Maharani, an eunuch who is also a brothel madam, is hunting for prey or rather two women who have escaped with their lovers from her clutches. In a parking lot where the silence is thrumming with fear and foreboding, Maharani is literally […]






Neelam Mansingh: The World Is Her Stage

Neelam Mansingh: The World Is Her Stage

  Trust Punjabi theatre legend, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner and Padma Shri awardee Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry to treat the world as her stage. And to make personal connections with literary texts from diverse sources. In 2007, she had brought to the Theatre Festival, a searing Punjabi adaptation of South African writer Can Themba’s The Suit, a three […]






Of Grace And Gravitas

Of Grace And Gravitas

The play Taoos Chaman Ki Myna, was recently staged at AD Rangamandira in Bangalore and it was the culmination of an  alchemy between  Naiyer Masud, Gillo,Theatre Repertory and Atul Tiwari.  The genesis of the play is interesting. For starters, Masud, a Persian and Urdu scholar is along with Manto and Qurratulain Hyder, part of a holy trinity of writers who truly transcend the […]






Sanjna Kapoor: A New Junoon

Sanjna Kapoor: A New Junoon

 Sanjna Kapoor was about 10 when she shot the horrific church massacre scene with her grandfather Geoffrey Kendal in Shyam Benegal’s Junoon (1978). The film was produced by her father’s production company  Film Valas. She also appeared as her mother’s childhood reverie in another family production, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981). But the biggest ever family […]






Why Heeba Shah Won’t Ask for Equality

Why Heeba Shah Won’t Ask for Equality

Telephonic interviews take away the visual texture from a story but you don’t miss it when you talk to theatre, TV and film actor Heeba Shah. She speaks with immense clarity and leaves no awkward pauses for you to fill. Between tackling cinema of multiple genres, doing theatre and moving homes, she performed an Ismat […]






Naseeruddin Shah: Guided By Invisible Strings

Naseeruddin Shah: Guided By Invisible Strings

  “Javed bhai, hum Dilli haar gaye hain!” (We have lost Delhi), yells Naseeruddin Shah as a violently bitter sepoy in Shyam Benegal’s Junoon (1978).  That scene is hard to forget. As is the fact that it was on the sets of Junoon that Shah first met Ismat Chughtai, one of the bravest literary and […]






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