Both regional and English theatre
are drawing enthusiastic crowds at the habba
BANGALORE: The offerings from theatre at the Airtel Bengaluru Habba this year is a healthy mix of regional and English theatre, with enthusiastic audiences shuttling between the two venues.
As part of the regional theatre at Seva Sadan in Malleswaram, the habba featured Kannada adaptations of critically acclaimed plays from across the country.
The first was Agha Hashr Kashmiri’s Urdu play Yahoodi Ki Ladki, also made into a film in 1933. Adapted into the Kannada as Yahoodi Hudugi by writer and director Savita, the play views relationships and religion through the prism of history. Kodalla Kodakkiralla, directed by Mallika Prasad, which was staged on Tuesday, was the adaptation of Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! The play is commonly known as “the story of desperate measures”.
On Wednesday, the habba showcased one of the most popular Kannada plays, Hemareddy Mallamma, written in the 1930s by well-known dramatist Nalawadi Srikanta Sastry. Directed by Bhagirathi Bai Kadam, it was a simple family oriented story.
Girija Kalayana by Spandana follows on Thursday, and Gundayana by Laxmi Chandrashekhar will be staged on Friday, at 7 p.m.
The English plays at the Ranga Shankara brought together the works of two young playwrights and directors Manav Kaul and Ram Ganesh Kamatham, and theatre veterans Prakash Belawadi and Arundhati Raja. Proof by Jagriti, directed by Ms. Raja, was staged on Tuesday.
Wednesday witnessed the compelling solo performance of Rukmini Vijaykumar in the Lady of Burma. Directed by Mr. Belawadi, Richard Shannon’s work is the inspirational story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the only Nobel Peace Prize winner who is a political prisoner.
The Park, prolific Hindi playwright Ms. Kaul’s first English play, will be presented by Just Theatre on Thursday at 7 p.m. It is a comedy of three men fighting for their individual space.
The habba’s closing English theatre act on Friday, 7 p.m., will be the extensively performed Dancing on Glass, written and directed by Mr. Kamatham. The play captures the life of a couple in a fast-changing city.