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A theatrical experience – Ranga Shankara

by PreetiJagwani

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Theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to depict stories to live audiences. Before the advent of technology and films, theater ruled the earth. Live performers would perform skits, plays in front of live audiences. Most of these plays were accompanied with a pianist or organist that gave the background scores. Even till today people believe that theater is the purest form of acting and performing.

The beauty about theater is that there are no retakes. Each performer has to be flawless the day of the show and should execute his/her dialogues with ease as well as act like a true perfectionist.

Theater first emerged as an art form in the capital city of Greece, Athens. It was on culturally broad aspects that comprised religion, politics, law, festivals, rituals among others. Over the years a lot of forms of theater have risen. Like films, theater also has its own genres of plays and skits. It can range from opera to tragedy, comedy to drama. Good theatrical performances can grip you in stronger ways than movies can. Theaters should have effective sound acoustics for the play to have the right impact on its audience. Theaters with bad acoustics cannot leave an impact on the audience in the desired manner. Yes tha actors, the performance and the story should be crisp, but if the acoustics are a let down, then the whole point of theater is lost.

India has its own set of theaters where plays are performed. Some of the famous ones are NCPA, Prithvi and Ranga Shankara.

Ranga Shankara is a popular theater venue located at JP Nagar in Bangalore. It was started by Arundhati Nag in 2004 in remembrance of her late husband and renowned kannada actor Shankar Nag. The beauty of Ranga Shankara is that it promotes theater in all languages and forms, and also lends out its space at extremely low fares.

Shankar Nag wanted to create an affordable yet vibrant place for theater loves in the city of Bangalore. Post his death in 1990 Sanket trust along with a few friends began the work on Ranga Shankara. Construction started in 2001 because of the lack of funds and was thrown open to the public in August 2004. Ranga Shankara has a thrust stage with a floor are of 1750 square feet. Ranga Shankara is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and acoustics are such that no artificial amplification is required. It also has a bookshop that holds events such as book launches.

Ranga Shankara hosts an annual theater festival with plays in different languages. Ranga Shankara is also host to the popular Mango party. The annual Mango party at Ranga Shankara celebrates the season of mango which is the national fruit of India. They also hold Ranga Ugadi on the occasion of the South Indian festival Ugadi.

Ranga Shankara is a theater that is for the public. Private shows are not allowed at this venue. The best of plays and skits have been performed at the Ranga Shankara making it heaven for theater lovers in the city of Bangalore.

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