To celebrate 50 years of Ravindra Kalakshetra, theatre festival Nataka Bengaluru is being held from December to March

Ravindra kalakshetra, built to commemorate the birth centenary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in 1963, is a major centre of Kannada theatre.

Ravindra Kalakshetra completes 50 years of and to mark this occasion, the Nataka Bengaluru festival will be celebrated. The Nataka Bengaluru was born in 2008, and has been successful in carrying out theatrical activities for the past five years, promoting amateurs and legendary theatre groups of Bangalore. Nataka Bengaluru has been successful in organising theatre festivals which are based on the values of solidarity and bringing about a revolution in theatre through collaboration.

This theatre festival which started in 2008 has been witness to successful show year after year, with 15-17 theatre groups that showcase new plays every year. The festival this year shall spread across months, with inauguration on December 1. It will continue till March 9, 2014, performing for 10 days every month. Around 50 plays will be staged to mark the 50 years of Ravindra Kalakshetra.

In addition to the plays, this year varied programmes like theatre songs, workshops, talks by theatre legends who have been associated with Ravindra Kalakshetra, etc will be conducted throughout the festival months.

In addition to the amateur theatre groups, and theatre schools, theatre groups from public sector companies like BEL, BEML and MICO will take part. The festival shall also be marked by a souvenir.

The inauguration on December 1 will be in the Shilpavana adjoining Ravindra Kalakshetra. Chief guest will be B. Jayashree, B.L. Shankar and K.R. Ramakrishna. The inauguration will be followed by rendition of theatre songs and Janapada mela by college students.

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