Welcome to another edition of the Soulful Events newsletter! We bring you activities and events that nourish your soul.
Moving Big Band Sweden, Live - Thu, 8th Feb'24
The Moving Big Band is a Swedish Jazz ensemble of 19 musicians and singers. They play the best of classic Jazz tunes arranged for a big band and some ABBA of course. This is their 3rd visit to Bangalore and promises a rare and memorable musical experience.
Chaupaal - Fri, 9th Feb'24
Medai invites you to a musical evening featuring two fine artists - Trilochan Kampli and Sarfaraz Khan.
Songs of Mystics - Shabam Virmani - Fri, 9th Feb'24
An evening of "Songs of the Mystics" - a sharing of Kabir's folk songs and songs from other Bhakti poets embodying the inclusive spirit of folk music.
Ghazal Wali Diary - Fri, 9th Feb'24
Muqtalif (pronounced Mukhtalif), meaning different, is formed by three very different people who have found a way to remember some musicians and songs that mustn’t gather dust on the www pages. These are songs that are meant to celebrate the heartaches and the glorious mistakes that now can’t be unmade. Life in its entire package includes colours of gloom that are either kept inside old diaries or stacked above old furniture in the attic. It is their attempt to clean the dust off the old diary and feel the now yellowed pages and smell the air that once was new.
Bengaluru Drum Fest 2024 - Fri, 9th Feb'24
The Bengaluru Drum Fest is a unique festival dedicated to showcasing Drums - a first-time event in Karnataka. This year BDF is back with yet another lineup of wonderful Indian drummers - Ranjit Barot, Sambit Chatterjee, Lydian Nadhaswaram, and Shravan Samsi. The programme will feature solos by the spectacular line up culminating in a climacteric drum face-off between the virtuosos. Curator and Drummer Arun Kumar will also join.
The Rare Gems - 003 - Fri, 9th Feb'24
Expressions, Bengaluru, presents "The Rare Gems-003," the third episode in "The Rare Gems" series of musical concerts. The evening is dedicated to the Ghazal Maestro, Late Sri. Jagjit Singh, on the occasion of his birth anniversary. The event will also feature the best of Ghazals and Sufi Songs by legends such as Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan, Chitra Singh, Kailash Kher, and Ustaad Rashid Ali Khan. The show will be performed by a professional and talented team of singers and musicians, promising to make the evening soulful and unforgettable for all audiences.
Sangamam ft. Dhrupad maestro Pt. Uday Bhawalkar - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Sangamam was created out of passion of The Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives (SFPI) to promote Indian Classical Music and Dance and Folk Art forms to a diverse audience looking to reconnect with their cultural roots through enriching performances by respected artistes of the country and to experience them in their sincerest exhibition.
Mame Khan Live-Sounds of India - Sat, 10th Feb'24
The Blend Alive India in concert-spring festival will feature the internationally acclaimed Coke Studio India fame Mame Khan, along with Bangalore’s iconic multilingual band of young musicians: Alive India Rockstars. The concert will showcase the iconic ‘Sounds of India’ and ‘Tastes of India’ providing a unique musical and culinary experience featuring artists from different states and genres. The theme of love, sufi, and folk promises to make the event an unforgettable experience.
Vasu Dixit Collective at Tarasha - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Vasu Dixit Collective (VDC) is an ensemble of like-minded musicians and artists whose collaboration blends musicianship creativity and tradition. VDC seeks to inspire community and compassion through music made together.
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara - Sat, 10th feb'24
This is a live musical concert on unity in diversity based on songs composed by legendary music composers OP Nayyar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, and A. R. Rahman.
Raag - Inspired By Indian Classical Music - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Nrityanidhi brings to you, Kathak based Choreographies, on songs from the Indian Classical Heritage of Music. The tapestry created by legendary artists over time – intricacies of Raags with Rhythm, the precarious balance of ‘Lai’ and ‘Taal’ through exquisite compositions, have created a treasure for art itself. "Raag '' brings forth this tapestry through the very exclusive 'Nrityanidhi Style of Dance'. The Nrityanidhi style of Dance explores the mystical quality of Indian Classical music where the audience is experiencing one thing in reality, and so much more on an ethereal level.
Bajabies Music Concert - Sun, 11th Feb'24
At Bangalore Jamming Buddies, shortly referred to as, “Bajabies”, they believe in the transformative power of music and the joy it brings when shared with others. Their Live Music Concert promises to be a musical extravaganza that transcends boundaries, uniting us all through the universal language of melodies. They invite you to be part of this movement, celebrating the magic that happens when music brings people together.
Ek Mehfil Sufi Nights by Tudum Ft. Mannat - Wed, 14th Feb'24
Gear up for a peaceful escape this Valentine's Day at Tudum's Ek Mehfil. The soothing tunes of Mannat, The Band will fill the air with love, creating a serene atmosphere. Join for a laid-back evening and let the music take you to a calm and happy place.
Candlelight India Valentine's Day Special - Wed, 14th Feb'24
Candlelight India is a one of a kind immersive concert experience. It is curated to evoke a sense of wonder in concert goers by taking you on a magical journey where music and ambience converge to create an unforgettable atmosphere. We aspire to mesmerize our audience through an evening filled with surreal melodies paying homage to legendary and popular artists, performed by exceptionally talented musicians.
The Form and the Formless - Thu, 8th Feb'24
Presenting a Margam, Vaibhav Arekar embarks on a journey, a marga, to explore the realms of the tangible and intangible. Entrusted with the precise structure of a Bharatanatyam Margam, this path unfolds over the years, shaped by his lived experiences, becoming a passage that unravels the mysteries and nuances of life. Progressing through the abstraction of Aaksa, he delves into the emotional landscape of a Varnam, leading to an intimate space within an Ashtapadi. The celebration of the formless through a Tillana marks the culmination of this artistic odyssey.
Seungmu is one of the most representative folk dances of Korea, performed by a dancer dressed in a Buddhist monk’s attire. Although commonly referred to as “monk dance,” seungmu is not a dance formally associated with Buddhist rituals or danced by a monk. This highly-sophisticated dance with a complex rhythmic structure and intricate choreographic designs gives intense expressions to life’s joys and sorrows and depicts the human struggle to transcend and sublimate themselves.
Notion(s): In Between You and Me - Fri, 9th Feb'24
‘Notion(s): In Between You & Me’ is a devised solo performance. It is episodic in nature. The performance starts with the strong realisation/statement of the performer as a woman. By using the connect/disconnect, familiar/de-familiar technique the performer slowly takes the audience into a journey of/about herself/others which may look fabricated and scattered at first but interestingly dwells the audience and makes them relate while connecting the bits and pieces in between as it progresses. It has its own unique form evolved while exploring the various other art forms like storytelling, spoken words, physical images etc.
The Last Song - Fri, 9th Feb'24
"The Last Song" unfolds as a blend of the ancient, Indian classical dance form - Bharatanatyam, Movement Theatre and story telling. It narrates the tragic tale of a unique bird species which once resided in the far away Hawaiian islands. It is based on a true story and has been crafted into a performative narrative after hours of research, conversations, and introspection by the artist Priyanka Raghuraman. The performance lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Vaishvaanara to Angushtamatra - Sat, 10th Feb'24
The show "Vaishvaanara to Angushthamaatraha" is a musical theatre presentation where Zen Buddhism meets Vedanta. We believe in the universality of all human experience and it has been our constant effort to demonstrate through music dance and theatre the convergences in what appear to be disparate streams of thought and practice.
Sri Chakra – Liberation in Sacred Geometry - Mon, 12th Feb'24
The ‘Sri Chakra’ is a sacred geometric symbol employed in the worship of Goddess Tripurasundari according to Tantric practice. To the uninitiated, the Sri Chakra looks like a beautiful artwork consisting of circles and triangles. But hidden therein lies a well-defined path to liberation with the true seeker passing through nine enclosures (Navavaranas or 9 veils) realising the Supreme Female Power in the centre as the ‘Bindu’, a dot representing the union of Shiva and Shakti. Rekha Krishnan’s Sri Chakra paintings are suffused with her personal experience on this spiritual path. Sumitra Nitin in her presentation will combine the philosophy of the Sri Chakra with Rekha’s artwork and the Navavaranas which she will render along with her students.
Tarasha Craft Exhibit - Thu, 8th Feb'24 - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Whether you're a seasoned buyer seeking authentic experiences or a curious soul eager to explore, the Tarasha Craft Exhibit promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of India’s diverse art and craft! The Tarasha Craft Exhibit organised by Project Tarasha in collaboration with Creative dignity is not just a showcase but a living breathing entity that encapsulates India’s essence.
Jeeva Pravaaha - Flow of Life - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Walk and dance through the heart of Bengaluru with Jeeva Pravaaha (Flow of Life), a Cultural Procession, a Music Concert & a Site-specific Performance! On 10 February, 2024, at 2 PM IST, a flag-adorned lively procession, inspired by Bengaluru's iconic images, and created by British designer Ali Pretty and design students from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, will depart from Church Street to the Rangoli Metro Performance space via Brigade Road. This lively procession, accompanied by live music, and folk Devarattam performers the likes of Nellai Manikandan, will journey through the city to a music concert by MD Pallavi & Bindhumalini, and culminate in an open-air site-specific performance at Attakkalari’s land in Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Layout (NPKL) near Kengeri, featuring folk and contemporary music, dance, and visual projections by Japanese digital artist Kunihiko Matsuo.
The Well-Worn Book - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Want to revisit some old favourites? Bring them to the BIC Library in this week’s Bookmarked session. You can bring your own book or choose one from the collection at the library, pick a cosy spot and read with them for 90 minutes. Post this, spend a few minutes chatting with them about your read.
Bookmarks - (Lahe Lahe Reading Club) - Sat, 10th Feb'24
What are you reading these days? Is there an author or a poet that you have been amazed by recently? Or a book that changed your life. Lahe Lahe would love to hear about it. Let's meet and share the magic of some wordsmiths who not only influenced us but shaped our lives in some way.
Gulzar Sa'ab (Our Story, His Songs) - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Come over for an evening filled with stories, songs and nostalgia! Strings & Echoes are all set to pay their humble tribute to the one and only, Gulzar Saab! They often feel that Gulzar Saab's songs are relevant even beyond the films. Therefore, they wanted to thread together their story, with the songs seamlessly making their way into the flow and narrative. Hope you like it! Catch Strings & Echoes live at Lahe Lahe.
Coffee Meetup: Meet, Greet and Connect - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Get ready for laughter, connections and good vibes at Cuppa Redefined's Social mixer! Whether you're new to the city or looking to expand your social circle, this is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Forge new connections and friendships in a laid-back setting. Their social mixer provides a comfortable environment for meaningful conversations and the chance to meet people with diverse interests.
Let's Jam - Musical Evening - Sat, 10th Feb'24
This Valentine's season, Bohemians invite you to celebrate love musically with the Let's Jam community. Their Bollywood medleys will take you back through the corridors of your love-laden memories, from the past, present or the dreams of the future. Let's come together to celebrate the full spectrum of emotions that love entails.
Monthly Storytelling Meetup - Sun, 11th Feb'24
It's indeed the season of sports. From football to hockey to marathons to tennis, there are tales of sports people and events that inspire us. For this meet up, Bangalore Storytelling Society (BSS) shall share such tales from history, folklore and current times.
Sunday Book Club Meet - Sun, 11th Feb'24
When was the last time you read a good book and went on an adventure, learned something new, exercised your brain, and fed your curiosities? This is the space to connect and socialise with people and share the learnings from the books you have read or created an impact. If you are looking to read more books and also need help reading or finding new books, this is the event for you, they have newbies or avid readers in their community. Fiction and non fiction readers are both welcome to come and have a conversation about the current book you are reading or trying to find what you want to read.
Bazicha-e-atfal - Sun, 11th Feb'24
In this latest version of the show, Amit Joshi will try to decode some of the most famous Urdu ghazals of all time. The nuances of subject matter and linguistics will be discussed in great detail. He will cover the genre of Urdu/Persian Ghazals from the perspective of an ordinary reader/listener. This session will hold a great value of those who love the genre but overwhelmed by the intricacies of the language itself.
Kavitayon Ki Dastak - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Dialogues Cafe brings to you a Sunday full of kavitā and shāyari! If you love writing or just listening to Hindi poetry or couplets of shāyari or lyrical ghazals — they invite you to a poetic sundowner filled with hindi writing and sher-shāyari. Let's get together for 'Kavitāyon Ki Dastak', an open mic — or rather an open mehfil — to set your mood and make you feel wholesome. Be a part of this community, share the love and lehzā with your words. Come join them to have a good time reciting, listening and absorbing the creativity of Hindi artists and shāyars. Wrap up your week with mellow vibes and be rejuvenated to start the next week afresh!
Travel with Love - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join Social Musafir with your favorite travel partner/s and share about a destination and travel style that you both love to the core. You can also join solo and explore a chance to find a travel partner of a similar interest. The evening would be a fun-filled travellers' zone with a variety of ice breakers and other interactive activities.
Coffee and Conversations - The Listeners Circle - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Coffee lightens us up. Coffee gives us clarity. Coffee refreshes up. Sip a coffee and speak your heart out without fear of judgment and listen without judging! Coffee is on us and the onus of conversation without judgment is on you. Every word matters. Every emotion matters. Every feeling matters. Think about how it would feel to take an hour out of your fast-paced life and share your experiences and thoughts to people who listen to you without judging over a cup of Coffee? Also, listen to others without judging. Listeners' circle Coffee and Conversations -This is an event to make that happen. Be a part of the Listener's circle Coffee & Conversations - Edition 5.
Lahe Lahe Open Mic (Open To all Genres) - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Step into the spotlight and let your creativity shine at Lahe Lahe's Open Mic Night, where every genre, every voice, and every soul is welcome! Whether you're a poet, musician, comedian, storyteller, or anything in between, join for an evening of boundless expression, community, and the celebration of artistic diversity.
Open Mic @ Casa Karaoke - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join for an epic Open Mic Night - where Music, Poetry, Stand-up Comedy and Storytelling take center stage! Languages - Hindi, English, and Urdu, this is your chance to shine!
Mithun Number Two is a collection of stories by the award-winning author and translator team that won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2018 for a previous collection titled No Presents Please. These stories explore moments of transcendence in the midst of anonymity and routine. Characters, both young and old, migrate to Mumbai for various reasons, where strangers become friends, families navigate strife and affection, and children grow up in homes with blurred lines between coercion and care. Jayant Kaikini’s stories, translated by Tejaswini Niranjana, are delightfully unexpected and deceptively simple. This evening has the writer and translator in conversation with two more formidable persons of letters – Vanamala Vishwanath and Indira Chandrasekhar as they respond, reflect and reminisce over the evocative storytelling of Mithun Number Two.
Bangalore Reads Books - Wed, 14th Feb'24
This is a monthly group for bibliophiles to share their love of reading with others who share the same interest. They will follow both fiction and non-fiction category of books, with selection of books decided as per members' and admin's choice.
Personal Development & Soul Nourishment
Aikyam Retreat - Bengaluru - Fri, 9th Feb'24 - Sun, 11th Feb'24
The intention of the Aikyam Retreats is to embrace our relationship with nature and acknowledge how it lives in our being. Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit weave their healing dance, complemented by the nurturing rays of the sun, that energizes the masculine and the soothing glow of the moon, that empowers the feminine. Discover the profound balance of mind, body and spirit and embrace the rhythm of nature at upcoming holistic wellness retreat – where wellness is not just a destination, but a journey into the heart of existence!
Intuitive Body: A Rare Workshop in Somatic Healing - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Intuitive Body: A Rare Workshop in Somatic Healing by Sahiba Singh, invites participants on a transformative journey of self-discovery and healing. This somatic healing workshop delves into the profound connection between mind and body. The workshop offers a gateway to intuitive power for healing. Through movement, breath and awareness, participants explore unlocking their intuitive capacities, releasing physical and emotional blockages.
Sound Healing Meditation - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Experience profound magic of healing sounds & dwell into the cosmic world to explore deep rest, calm & serenity of mind body and soul at upcoming Sound Healing Meditation with facilitator Jeet.
Make Your Own Vision Board for 2024 - Sat, 10th Feb'24
As we are on the starting week of new year, it's the perfect time to reflect, set intentions and visualize the incredible possibilities that lie ahead. In this unique workshop, SAMA brings you a Vision Board Extravaganza that goes beyond the ordinary – an opportunity to craft a visual representation of your dreams and goals for the year 2024.
Unfiltered Conversations Around Love and Romance - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Join Atta Galatta for "Unfiltered Conversations around Love & Romance". Engage in open dialogue & make connections, facilitated by psychologists who specialize in marriage and relationships and discover the keys to enduring love.
Dances of Universal Peace - Sat, 10th Feb'24 & Sun, 11th Feb'24
The Dances of Universal Peace is a simple yet powerful movement practice where we come together in a sacred circle and sing songs from different spiritual traditions across the world, all while moving in meditative steps. In simple words, we sing, dance and pray for peace within ourselves and for the world. The Dances are for everyone, easy to learn, easy to sing and easiest to feel. Come and join them!
Nature Chakra Fusion : Meditation Workshop - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join for an immersive and transformative meditation experience that harmoniously blends the serene energy of nature with the ancient wisdom of chakra balancing. In this upcoming workshop, you are invited to delve deep into the essence of your being, cultivating a profound connection with the natural world and aligning your inner energy centers.
Self Love Workshop - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join Self-Love Workshop in the cozy ambiance of Café Lahe Lahe facilitated by Sristi Sharma. Dive deeper into self-discovery and release what's blocking your self-love. It's time to allow yourself to get into a space of non-judgement.
Real Moves: Fun Movement Workshop for Non-Dancers - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Real Moves: A Fun Movement Workshop for Non Dancers promises a transformative experience. It challenges stereotypes and invites participants into the enchanting world of movement. This workshop is curated by FLUX's visionary founder, Sahiba Singh, and dynamic dance movement instructor, Yeshaswini. It is more than just a dance workshop. it is rather a gateway for individuals, irrespective of their dance background, to explore the liberating potential of authentic movement.
Understanding Societal Systems
From Gutenberg Bible to 4D Printing - Thu, 8th Feb'24
In this lecture titled From Gutenberg Bible to 4D Printing, scholar Shlomo Magdassi will present new developments in functional 2D and 3D printing, and the emerging field of 4D. He will also present about its application in various fields, including energy, biomedicine, electronics, as well as share his experience in establishing new startup companies.
Bhangaar - Obsolete - Sat, 10th Feb'24
In the bustling city of Mumbai, where life never stops, a couple decide to end theirs. Becoming India’s first couple to jointly appeal for Euthanasia (illegal in India). Their quest to die, breathes new life into their existence!
Raja Ravi Varma: Law, Lawyers and Art - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) is considered the foremost modern Indian artist who painted in the style of academic realism. His works were exceedingly sought after with many patrons including those of the royal families of Baroda, Mysore, Travancore, Udaipur, etc. The appeal of his work led to countless demands for copies of his works. This demand eventually lead to the establishment of the Ravi Varma Press which commenced in 1894 in Bombay (now Mumbai). The success of the Press led to the passage of art from the patron to the public in an unprecedented scale leading to the evolution of religious imagery and generic aesthetic notions of the people of the Indian sub-continent. The presence of art in the common realm was appreciated as also criticized- being used and abused eventually leading to legal and policy interventions. On the other hand, the powerful brand value of these images helped sensitize social ailments leading to legislations. What is the place of a member of the legal fraternity in the field of art and culture? Are they opposite fields of study or did they converge and help each other evolve? This exploration forms the subject matter of the talk. Ganesh V. Shivaswamy is a litigating lawyer from Bengaluru and has authored six volumes on the legacy of Raja Ravi Varma titled Raja Ravi Varma: An Everlasting Imprint. Two of the six volumes were launched in 2023 with the remaining to be launched over the next two years. Join us for a talk which looks at the interplay between law, policy, art and India’s democratic artist, Raja Ravi Varma.
Art & Craft
Coffee Painting Workshop - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Join for an immersive workshop where you'll explore the art of painting with coffee! In this hands-on session, you'll learn techniques for using brewed coffee as a medium to create stunning artwork.
Watercolour Painting workshop - Sat, 10th Feb'24 & Sat, 24th Feb'24
Dive into the mesmerizing world of watercolors at Lahe Lahe's upcoming event, "A Splash of Colors: Watercolor Wonderland." Join for a delightful evening filled with creativity, inspiration and the joy of painting with watercolors.
Warli Art Complete Course - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Warli Art is one of the oldest art from North Sahyadri by the Adivasis, A tribal art that depicts the bond between humans and nature. Art is mainly a culmination of geometric shapes depicting the lifestyle and beliefs of the Warli Tribe. This art is originated from Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today and is also popular around the world. A good form of art to start with your basic art skills, easy on any age and gets you interested in the Indian art culture.
Kusudama Japenese Origami (Valentine Special) - Sat, 10th Feb'24 & Sun, 11th Feb'24
Creating a Kusudama for a Valentine's Day special event is a wonderful idea! Kusudama is a traditional Japanese paper folding craft that involves creating intricate paper spheres or flowers by folding multiple identical units and then assembling them.
Valentine Chocolate Tour 2024 - Sat, 10th Feb'24 & Wed, 14th Feb'24
Immerse yourself this Valentine’s Day at JusTrufs with their Master Chocolatiers. Make your very own Valentine Day chocolates and truffles with them. Watch your decadent, divine chocolate creations take centre stage. Brighten up your day or your loved one’s day with this one-of-a-kind event.
Valentines Special Texture Art Workshop - Sun, 11th Feb'24
In this Texture Art Workshop, you will make 1010 inch textured wall decor where step by step guidance will be provided by the artist. There is no prior knowledge required.
Pottery Workshop (Valentine Special) - Sun, 11th Feb'24 & Wed, 14th Feb'24
Valentines day is around the corner and what better way to spend it than learning a new skill together as beautiful as Pottery. Come off for your Pottery workshop for couples at Lahe Lahe's Pottery Studio! Married couples, same sex couples, live in couples, in love couples - all are welcome All they need is a love to pick up the skill of pottery!
Strokes and Stories - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join Atta Galatta on a wonderful journey of self-expression with mandalas! These captivating works of art pave the way towards self-reflection, through creative practices explored through this workshop.
Decoupage - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Learn the art of decoupage from the experts in this 3-hour workshop, and the best part is you get to take back your creation with you! You. will learn to decoupage one bottle in the workshop, all the materials will be provided.
Macrame Valentine's Gift Workshop - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Join Dialogues Cafe's exclusive Macrame Workshop this Valentine's season and craft unique gifts for your loved ones! In this workshop, master the art of basic macrame knots, dive into the innovative Macrame Pixel concept and craft a personalized mini wall hanging.
Film & Theater
Anthill - Fri, 9th Feb'24
A man is shrinking. But he is delighted- he wants to shrink to the size of an ant and live in an anthill - a message to the corporate world that they need to pay attention to the mental health conditions of their employees. A run-in with Kabir's words (and music) makes him realize that he is shrinking due to other reasons, and to grow back, he must take a journey to get to the root of his troubles.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Sat, 10th Feb'24
The story is set in the racially divided town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930s. It follows the Finch family, primarily young Scout Finch and her father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer tasked with defending a black man, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman. The story explores themes of racial injustice, moral growth and empathy as Scout and her brother Jem navigate the complexities of their society. Through Atticus's unwavering commitment to justice and the children's encounters with their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, the story reveals the harsh realities of prejudice and the power of compassion.
To Be or Not To Be - Sat, 10th Feb'24
To Be or Not To be is a theatre production inspired by Hamlet's soliloquy, presented in a metaphorical physical language. This production is an abstract musical with minimal dialogues. This visual extravaganza, follows the story of 3 characters caught in a large city, their dreams, aspirations and desires, along with the people in a city who are constantly running a meaningless rat race and a never ending desire to reach their materialistic goal.
Harishchandra Kavya - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Raghavanka a noted Kannada writer who lived in late 12th to early 13 th century. Raghavanka is credited for popularising the use of the native shatpadi metre (hexa metre, 6 line verse) in Kannada literature. Harishchandra Charitham, is known to have one of the foremost works on the subject, with an interpretation unlike any other on the life of King Harishchandra and is considered one of the important classics of Kannada language. Raghavanka emphasises on racism along with untruthfulness prevailing in his times. Daring presentation of Raghavanka shows the importance of secularism for a healthy and prosperous society. Our play is a very apt at the present intolerance scenario, as we are just voicing out Raghavanka's view point.
The Caretaker - Sat, 10th Feb'24
The Caretaker is a 1960 English play written by Harold Pinter. The three-act play is set in a single room of a house in West London with three men circling around each other's life. The play has a magnified lens of understanding about the humaneness around these three men, at the same time confronting their realities while engaging politically on the refugee crisis, hierarchical structures, mental health, and politics of space of the 1960. In The Caretaker, a wheedling, garrulous old tramp comes to live with two brothers. The tramp’s attempts to establish himself in the household upsets the precarious balance of the brothers’ lives, and they end up evicting him.
Why English? - Layers beneath the language! - Sat, 10th Feb'24 - Sun, 31st Mar'24 (Multiple Venues)
“Why English?” “Why Do I Speak English??” I have been asked this in an accusatory manner. I’ve been offended by it sometimes.. I’ve often wondered.. “What’s all the fuss about? Isn’t it just a language?” Recently, I decided to become a full-time actor in my country - India. Suddenly, I couldn’t find work, as I mainly spoke English, in a so called “non-English speaking nation.” Thus, started my journey to find answers. Using a perfect blend of physical theatre and the spoken word, I tell my personal story through my unique physical language. Come and watch a glimpse of my life! "Why English?" world premiered at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023, the world's largest performing arts festival, in the lovely city of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Old Man and the Sea - Sun, 11th Feb'24
This play is based on Ernest Hemingway’s novella. This is the story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life. For 84 days, he has returned home empty-handed. On the 85th day he sets out far beyond into the sea and drops his lines. At noon, a big fish, which he calls Mari takes the bait but the old man cannot pull it out. Instead, the fish begins to pull the boat. For five days the old man struggles with the fish, with sharks and with the sea, to survive and get back home.
Tamil Stage Drama - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Two of the most popular plays, "LKG Aasai" and "Kasalavu Nesam," offer unique experiences. While "LKG Aasai" is a humorous take on parental pressure affecting present-day children in the field of education at the LKG level, "Kasalavu Nesam" humorously explores the dynamics of man, money, and daily matters within a typical middle-class family drama.
Mr Rao and Associates - Sun, 11th Feb'24
This play conveys the message to the society (reflects the social condition) that parents are not ATMs and there is responsibility on the part of the children too. Modern life style has made the precious interpersonal bondage, emotions and humanly feelings fragile. The bondages are weakening and gap is widening among siblings too. It took thousands of years for humans to arrive at a beautiful society where all live harmoniously, helping each other, enjoying together and sharing and caring among themselves. Now that the non living things decide these precious and sensitive bondage among us, the inter personal relations is getting weaker and weaker. This play beautifully brings out in a very humourous way yet with all required inputs, the mental turmoil in the elders when the very basic bondage and emotions are ignored and they feel neglected.
Project Darling - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Project Darling is a play in Kannada with English Subtitles. Where and all you are roaming, I say? Why can’t there be a training program for marriage? Isn't eloping cheap and best? Why did the brinjal stand up when I went to the market? Meet Khanavali Chenni – she is either asking questions or being asked questions. Chenni was an iconic character who ruled the Kannada stage with her double-meaning, rib-tickling dialogues and sexual innuendo. The play traces the journey of a group of performers who set out on a search for Chenni. While trying to find her, they stumble upon several other actresses who had their own stories to share. Will they eventually meet Chenni? What will they discover? Project Darling is a humorous and incisive examination of female sexuality at the crossroads of censorship and culture.
Chaw Chaw Bath 23.0 - Sun, 11th Feb'24
Team 'a' Productions is back on popular demand with the 23rd edition of its ensemble "Chaw Chaw Bath". The unique blend of different art forms viz. Plays, monologues, Poetry, Stand-up Comedy, Mime and Storytelling is what define Chaw Chaw Bath’s popularity among audiences of various genres and interests. The stage is flavored by a host of emotions spread across the performances, guaranteeing wholesome entertainment. This time around, they bring you a true mélange of lingual diversity in the cultural amalgamation of Chaw Chaw Bath!
Maataa - Tue, 13th Feb'24
With only a handful of plays about sexual minority women in the history of Kannada theatre, especially in the context of Jogathi tradition and Jogathi art, as far as kannada is concerned ‘Maataa’ attracts great attention. Despite the fact that, it is life story of Padmashri awardee Jogathi Manjamma, the play also unfolds the feminine aspects of man, folk art, theatre atmosphere, family social background, creativity, achievements and so on. All the aspects of Manjamma Jogati's life can be seen as the basic plot of the play. When the insecurities and sufferings within a person work together towards achievement, a development of an ambitious and significant personality that emerges can be seen in the play. The legacy of Jogati and Ellavva is the crux of this play. The transformation of an ordinary person to an extra ordinary in the society is indeed very impressive and effective. In consideration, 'Maataa' play makes the society understand many human concerns of social, cultural, religious and family basis. It also envisages that how one should treat others. The play "Maataa" also makes it clear that theatre or literature, art or any cultural dimension can be recognized because of these insecurities.
Direct Action - Tue, 13th Feb'24
An unforgettable journey into the life of "Professor M.D.Najundaswamy" (1936-2004), a revolutionary farmer leader and social activist in Karnataka! Nagna theatre is proud to present a new play, written by Natraj Huliyar and directed by Kabaddi Narendra Babu. This play will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, capturing the essence of M.D. Najundaswamy's profound thoughts, unique personality, and unwavering determination.
Aaroo into ippathondu - Wed, 14th Feb'24
When, due to his daughter's death, the situation at home and the tensions at office increase Kollurayya's stress, he writes a letter to his "Ishta daiva's" (favourite god's) trust, hoping for a solution. As per the response that he receives he starts writing the name of the god repeatedly. As he continues this process of writing the god's name repeatedly he eventually gets to a delusional state where he believes that he is god himself and becomes the object of ridicule. Along with trying to present the elegance of the author's humorous writing, an attempt has been made here to find a psychological basis for the protagonist's problem. By putting a question of "who are the true madmen" to the audience, the play rings a warning bell about the duty of the society in such a situation.
Fun and Games
Boardgaming Meetup - Sat, 10th Feb'24 & Sun, 11th Feb'24
Discover a world of board games beyond the classics like Monopoly and Scrabble! Join Cuppa Redefined at their upcoming event for a delightful evening filled with unique games. Whether you're new in the city or a seasoned local, this is your chance to socialise with like-minded individuals and board game enthusiasts.
Beyond Hattamala - Thu, 8th Feb'24
Beyond Hattamala is an English adaptation of a Bengali play Hattamalar Oparey by Badal Sircar. Two likeable thieves, Kena and Becha jump into a river to escape being caught and wash up on the shores of a strange land – a land where there’s no money! Kena and Becha are excited at the opportunities this strange new land has to offer. What follows are humorous, sometimes thought-provoking exchanges as we follow their misadventures in this land beyond Hattamala.
Journey Into Self (Junior - Aged 10 & above) - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Journey into self [Junior] - is a light hearted travel into the core of one's being. An expedition which takes us from the outside to the inside. Looking at big problems of our young adults with a sense of enquiry. We may not find the answers but we hope to look at these questions together in oneness.
Valentine's STEAM Based Playdate - Sat, 10th Feb'24
Join for a thrilling adventure into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) at upcoming playdate at Atta Galatta, Indiranagar!
Tila - Sun, 11th Feb'24
A puppet play for all children above 8 years of age! Based on a number of Indo-German folk tales, the play is about a young trickster Tila, who always thinks he is a grain of Til (Sesame) cleverer than others. The play, using magical realism, reveals a series of witty, humorous episodes from his life. While making fun of other people around him, it is said that, Tila also holds a mirror to the world. In Indian folklore we have Birbal, Tenali, Mullah Nasruddin.