Theatrical Bangalore

Theatrical Bangalore

I am so passionate about the Ranga Shankara in #Bangalore that I have decided to enter it into the #goMowgli campaign for #TheBestTravelJob. It transports you into a whole new world away from the hustle and bustle of #India. I feel like I'm in my own haven of creation and discovering the #culture in many ways.

Tucked away in one of the many verdant bylanes of J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru, this is our favourite place in the city. Ranga Shankara is many things to many people. It hosts plays in several languages, it conducts theatre workshops, storytelling sessions and a Theatre and Art Appreciation Course.

Tucked away in one of the many verdant bylanes of J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru, this is our favourite place in the city

But for us, Ranga Shankara is not only about great theatre. It is a getaway from our busy straitjacketed lives that revolve around family and work. As often as we can, we grab the slippery moments to spend time in the quaint cafe attached to the theatre, sipping hot chai and biting into the crispy Sabudana Vadas - relishing the food and cherishing the time spent discussing the mundane and the mystical; the petty and the profound. 

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The ambience is the catalyst. You feel that you are in the college canteen again, brimming with ideas, ready to change the world. The space attracts all kinds. Eager young people with utopian ideas and a bohemian dress sense, well dressed women clad in hand loom saris and impressive neck pieces and the usual jholawalas, opinionated and unafraid.

brimming with ideas, ready to change the world

For a few hours every month, we are transported into a vibrant, cerebral world which compels us to think beyond our small sphere and mull over our greater, shared existence. It is also an opportunity to air our arty cotton saris and look intellectual. It is true that the best things in life are free. Or nearly free. We are lucky to have watched great performances in so many languages at a most affordable price. Ranga Shankara always reminds us that "All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players.”

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