BANGALORE BUZZ

 Compiled by Manish Vidhani


 

 

KYRA THEATRE

#2001, Kattima Centre, 100ft. road,

Indira Nagar

 

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17TH July, 7pm

MAGICAL TRIBUTE TO CAT STEVENS

 

Bangalore’s singer/songwriter Rajeev will this week put his own songs aside to perform the songs of Cat Stevens when he takes the stage at Kyra Theatre.

36 year old Rajeev has been a Stevens fan ever since he can remember. Stevens song 'Moonshadow' was one of the first things he learned to play on guitar as a child.

 

The show is the story of Cat Stevens, as portrayed by Rajeev, with classic Cat Stevens hits like 'Peace Train', Father and Son' and, of course, 'Moonshadow'.

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.299

 

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18th July, 7pm

 

Subject to Change

 

What would you call when a Tina Turner song ends in an Oasis one? That's right, it's a 'Deadly Medley'. All this and more when AR Rahman prodigy Benny Dayal and friends take the stage.

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.299

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19th July, 7pm

 

Galeej Gurus

 

A band that Bangalore needs no introduction to. They are the city’s toast with killer performances everywhere from Delhi to Dubai.Catch them blitz the stage, one more time.

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.199

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21st July, 8pm

 

PARK - A comedy in English

 

A park.

Just about anywhere.

Three benches. And three men.

A squabble for the choicest of seats.

Each man's claim is the most fundamental.

And as always, there's never enough room for everyone.

 

Written and Directed by : Manav Kaul

Cast : Ravindra Vijay, Sachin Gurjale, Vinod Ravindran

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.400

July 21th 2009

 

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22nd, 23rd, 24th JUly, 8pm onwards

 

 

The Complete Word of God

 

An acclaimed comedy from the Boardwalkers from Chennai, that promises a crazy take on the "greatest story ever accepted as fact" the Bible!

 

Directed by : Mike Muthu

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.399

July 22nd to 24th 2009

 

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25th July, 7pm

 

Rusty Moe

 

A band that holds aloft the flame of classic rock lit by the likes of Floyd and Maiden, a flame that rages on in the hearts of these Chennai boys.

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.199

July 25th 2009

 

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26th July, 7pm

Bourbon Street

 

We open to hearts and doors to any band that claims to be inspired chiefly by pork-bafat. A bunch of inspired young 'uns taking the scene by storm. Take shelter, we say

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.199

July 26th 2009

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29th July, 7pm

 

Lionnel

 

Catch Bombay’s latest singing sensation as he unveils songs from his debut album 'Wonderland'

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.199

July 29th 2009

 

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31st July, 7pm

 

Little Babooshka's Grind

 

A name inspired by nesting Russian dolls. Music inspired by an aching desire to craft an original sound in a sea of impostors. LBG in the house

 

Gates open : 7 PM | Tickets Rs.199

July 31st 2009

 

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5th Aug, 8pm

 

Hamlet - The Clown Prince By Rajat Kapoor

A bunch of clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet- they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it. They chose to use some phrases from the play and mixed it with gibberish. They even edited the text, threw out some important scenes, and made a mess of the order of things as if the pages got mixed up. But through all this, they were simply looking for the essence of Hamlet, and trying to find a context in our own.

Director : Rajat Kapoor

Actor : Atul Kumar

Tickets: Rs.500

August 5th 2009

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18th to 23rd Aug,

 

The Skeleton Woman -By Anurag Kashyap

*Winner of the Metroplus Playwright Award 2009*

“If I could start my life again, I would begin by changing my profession. I would rather live on a full stomach and an empty mind. Perhaps as a fisherman…”

 

A young writer with a potent imagination finds himself entangled in his own creations. With sharks in his living room, a goose that speaks, and a skeleton that’s driving him mad, he struggles to keep a grasp on what’s real and what’s in his head. With him through all of this is his wife, who is constantly trying to bring him back down to earth.Inspired by an Inuit folk tale and packed with playful humour, The Skeleton Woman is a play about love, loneliness and what one must endure to be happy.

 

Directed by Nayantara Kotian

Produced by Anurag Kashyap

Actor : Kalki Koechlin

 

Tickets: Rs.500(Show Only) & Rs.1500 (inclusive of dinner and show)

August 18th to 23rd 2009

 

 


 

Rangashankara

JP Nagar

 

15th July 7:30 PM

16th July 7:30 PM

Venue: Rangashankara, JP Nagar

Kannada, 70 mins

PW: N Sudarshan

Dir: Harish Sheshadri

Troupe: Workshop Productions, Bangalore

Phone: 9845350195 / 9986863615

 

Leelaanta

“Leelantha”, as the name suggests is a story about the happenings in the final hour of Lord Krishna’s life.

It’s been 36 years since the great war of Kurukshetra; the people in Dwaraka are on riots killing their fellow countrymen.

Krishna is old; his eyesight is failing and has no strength even to walk a few steps. Unable to bear this animalistic behavior of his people Krishna escapes from the palace and takes refuge in a forest nearby. He is accompanied by his servant Dharuka. He orders his servant to go and get Arjuna, after much reluctance his servant leaves him and goes. At this point a hunter enters the same area of the forest in search of his prey. He accidentally shoots at Krishna thinking that it’s an animal, he is shooting at. But Krishna does not die immediately.

 The conversation between Krishna and the Hunter, and what happened after Arjuna came to meet Krishna forms the rest of the story.

 

Harish Seshadri has been intensively involved with theatre for the past 8 years. His passion for the performing arts even propelled him to take up theatre and acting as a serious career option. He is well versed in all aspects of theatre including Direction, Lighting Design and

Execution; Set Design and Execution etc. He has had the privilege to work under eminent directors like Mr. M S Sathyu, Mr. Prakash Belawadi, Mr.Arjun Sajnani and Mrs. Arundathi Raja.

This is his fourth play as a director, the others being Vijay Tendulkar’s “A Friend’s Story”, J P Das’s “The Underdog” and Harold Pinter’ “The Dumb Waiter” which were well received by audience.

 

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18 Sat, 7:30 PM

19 Sun, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

21 Tue, 7:30 PM

22 Wed, 7:30 PM

23 Thu, 7:30 PM

Venue: Rangashankara, JP Nagar

Kannada , 90 mins

PW: Vijay Tendulkar translated by Prema Karanth

Dir: Manav Kaul

Troupe: Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

Phone:

 

Hakki Haarutide Nodidira

Ranga Shankara proudly presents "Hakki Harutide Nodidira". As a tribute to one of India's greatest playwrights, Vijay Tendulkar who passed away last year, we are producing an adaptation of one his masterpieces, Ashi Paakhare Yeti (Hindi: Panchi Aise Aate Hain) in Kannada.

 

Titled "Hakki Harutide Nodidira", the play is being directed by Manav Kaul from Mumbai. Manav is an actor, writer and director, who has won much acclaim for work like "Shakkar ke Paanch Daane".  With Hakki Harutide Nodidira, Ranga Shankara taps and brings together the best of veteran and young theatre talent in Bangalore.

 

The play talks about a woman, who discovers her inner beauty through the eyes of a stranger. The adaptation is more contemporary, musical and has moments of fun delicately interwoven into it.

 

The Director:

Manav Kaul, a renowned writer/director/actor from Mumbai also the director of the much acclaimed play ‘Shakkar ke Paanch Daane’.

 

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24th July 7.30 PM

25 Sat, 7:30 PM

26 Sun, 3:30 and 7:30 PM

Venue: Rangashankara, JP Nagar

Hindi, 120 mins

Hindi, 120 mins

PW: Jean Paul Sartre Adapted by Manav Kaul

Dir: Manav Kaul

Troupe: Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

Phone:

 

Antaheen

Yet another Ranga Shankara production, Antaheen is a Hindi play directed by Manav Kaul. It is based on Jean Paul Sartre’s famous play ‘In Camera’ / Huis Clos. Huis Clos is probably the best of Sartre's drama. Here he chooses a form in which his philosophical arguments fall more naturally than in the situations set up in his other plays, and this means that the philosophy is less nakedly apparent. Antaheen is about how hell isn’t what we imagine it to be but can be self-created, and need not be an after-life destination. In his play, he very seamlessly removes any distinction between life and death, and effectively conveys his idea of ‘living hell’.

The Director:

Manav Kaul, a renowned writer/director/actor from Mumbai also the director of the much acclaimed play ‘Shakkar ke Paanch Daane’.

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28 Tue, 7:30 PM

29 Wed 7:30 PM

30 Thu 7:30 PM

Venue: Rangashankara, JP Nagar

English, 120 mins

PW: John Guare

Dir: Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy

Troupe: Version One Dot Oh!, Bangalore

Phone:

 

Six Degrees of Separation

 

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31st July, 7:30 PM

Venue: Rangashankara, JP Nagar

 

English, 120 mins

PW: Michael Frayn

Dir: Prakash Belawadi

Troupe: CFD/ Ridhbi Bangalore

Phone: 9886401737

 

Copenhagen

Frayn’s play Copenhagen speculates on what might have transpired during a meeting between Nobel laureates Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen in September 1941, at the height of the German advance into Russia and just three months before America’s entry into the war. The power of National Socialist Germany was at its pinnacle, and the Germans had just been made aware, through Swedish sources, of U.S. plans to build an atomic bomb.

 

The meeting was at Heisenberg’s behest. As Germany’s leading theoretical physicist and head of the German Uranium Club, the organ which would assess the possible war uses of nuclear energy, he was the man best situated to advise his government on the creation of an atomic bomb. The older Bohr was not only a professional colleague of Heisenberg, but a close personal friend as well. The play ponders the possible reasons for Heisenberg’s visit, linking them to the failure of the Germans to develop the bomb.

The action of the play encompasses the initial meeting of the two physicists in Copenhagen in 1941, another encounter in 1947, and finally an imagined meeting that takes place after all three characters have died. Margrethe, Bohr’s wife, is present in all scenes as interlocutor and commentator. Even after death they are unable to ascertain with certainty (thus, the uncertainty principle in human life) precisely what was said in Copenhagen in 1941, what was implied, and what was inferred. Did Bohr understand what Heisenberg intended to convey? Did Bohr misinform — intentionally or unwittingly — the Western Allies of Germany’s wartime plans?

 

Did Heisenberg ask to meet Bohr in order to confirm the reports concerning an American effort to build an atomic bomb? Did he want Bohr to disassociate himself from the American project? Did he want Bohr to dissuade the West from developing the bomb because he, Heisenberg, intended to discourage Germany from building the bomb? Did he tell Bohr that Germany would build only a reactor — an engine — and not a nuclear weapon? Or was he attempting to mislead Bohr about Germany’s real intentions?

As portrayed in Copenhagen, Heisenberg again and again expresses his doubts as to whether scientists should cooperate with the state in developing weapons of war. As an individual and a loyal German Heisenberg was confronted by a moral dilemma. If he chose to thwart Germany’s development of the bomb, he might threaten the very existence of his country, since he knew the enemy was building a bomb. And indeed the preponderance of historical evidence suggests that Heisenberg chose to dissuade the German war office from building the bomb by providing spurious and exaggerated estimates of the materials and time required.

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