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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bikhre Bimb - a perspective!

Aap log to sirf mujhe dekhte hain stage pe… par iss performance ke peeche 15 aur logon ka haath hai. Mai chahti hoon ke aap un sab ke liye ek round of applause dein, Dhanyawad. (You people see only me on stage, but there are 15 more people who contribute to this performance. I want all of you to give a round of applause for them. Thank you).


These were the humble words by Arundhati Nag at the end of a mesmerizing performance for a play called Bikhre bimb at Rangashankara. Every person in that glorious auditorium was up on their feet to applaud. They had every reason to do so. They were applauding a wonderful actor, a humble personality, a flawless fantastic performance, a brilliant director and a hard working team.

Arundhati Nag

Arundhati Nag, who won a National award for best supporting role for the movie PAA, is a well-known actress & theatre personality. On stage, she is such a grace. She, all by herself, kept a house full of audience attentive to her performance for the entire show. There was never a dull moment.

Enacting a play is not as easy as we think. Unlike movies where in there are several re-takes, spot boys to help actors with script and what not. On the contrary, here a performer has no option re-takes. Everything is live in-front of the audience. There is very limited, or I can say, NO ROOM FOR ERROR. Arundhati Nag is one of the finest among all and the standing ovation was, perhaps, a proof of it.

Bikhre bimb

Bikhre bimb (Broken images)
is a play written originally in Kannada, odakalu bimba, by noted playwright, poet, director, actor Girish Karnad. Bikhre bimb (co-directed by KM Chaitanya) is all about Manjula Naik, a professor of English literature, who also writes short stories in Kannada. Her life changes drastically after she comes up with a novel in English. Even though the audience thinks this as the epitome of the play, but the story moves on to take a lot of interesting twists and turns.

Though this is a mono act, it is the brilliance of Mr. Girish Karnad, who makes the audience feel the presence of other prominent characters, Manjula’s husband & her sister, on stage. The play has an elegant touch of humor which enthralls the audience. I would honestly urge those who live in Bangalore, not to miss this play.

The essence of this play is about a human being’s existence and his conscious. No matter how you present yourself to the world, your conscious will know what you are.

Rangashankara



Located in one of the prime localities of Bangalore, Rangashankara is an inception of late Mr. Shankar Nag. Husband of Arundhati Nag, he was a prominent actor, director and a visionary. Ambience is quite scintillating. Auditorium is very decently designed to seat an audience of more than a couple of hundreds.

Things to remember

Unlike movie theatres, there are no seat numbers at Rangashankara. You have to be present at the venue half n hour before the show time. And most importantly, if you are late by even a few minutes, you will be denied entry in the auditoria, reason – Very obvious, you can not disturb others.

Plays begin on the time. Pin drop silence prevails. You will be requested to turn-off your mobiles phones, even though there are jammers installed in the premises, to ensure there in no inconvenience caused during the entire performance. There is every measure taken to let you enjoy the show. So better do it.

25 comments:

  1. :-) Beautiful play...Have lost count on how many times i have watched this play. :-)

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    1. It is worth watching several times Ajeya.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed the write-up :-)

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    1. Glad you like it. Thank you Suchi. Welcome here.

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  3. Hope I can watch it if screened on TVs someday...The writing is very Good Mak..

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    1. No Echu, it won't be screened on television. If you are lucky you can watch it at rangashankara when you visit bangalore, if it is being played at that time.
      Thank you for appreciating.

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    2. I wish so much Mak to visit B'lore.. Wish it happens soon..

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  4. wow.. I wish I cud watch this play.. Great write up Mak:) Keep it up:)

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    1. Thanks a lot Sonia.

      Yeah, you can watch it if you happen to be in bangalore. Check out if they play it in karwar :)

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  5. Mak, i have heard so much about odakalu bimba but i dont know when i can watch it. my bad! children are not allowed into Rangashankara and its been ages since i caught a play there

    you are so right about Karnad's work and about Arundhati Nag's prowess as an actor

    i am envying you....... :((

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    1. Hahaaha Sujatha!

      I can understand your urge to watch plays. Will make a note to inform you when odakalu bimba is played at rangashankara. You can manage to watch it.

      Miss madbedi. Tumba chennagide.

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  6. No wonder the play is great as it is a product by Girish, who is extremely talented. And Arundhati is a fine and graceful actor. I wish I can watch it. I am very happy to know about the effort they put in to make it a enjoyable experience. Once I went in Chandigarh, there was so much disturbance...:(

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    1. I am sure you will enjoy the shows at rangashankara...

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    2. I wish I get that opportunity sometime...:)

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  7. Having seen Girish Karnard in other roles, I can very well imagine the wonder he would be doing in this play. Punctuality of Rangashankara is interesting....I have seen many halls in in Chennai waiting for VIPs...

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    1. You are right sir. Girish karnad, though has not acted in this, has done a tremendous job in directing it.

      Rangashankara is the best in that regard.

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  8. Ah thats beautifully expressed... now this has be to be added to my do before you die list... :)
    Thanks for sharing...

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    1. Thanks a lot Rohu. Glad you stopped by. You are welcome.

      Make this as 'must do before you die' list. :)

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  9. I am sure you must have really enjoyed it. Never watched a play in theater, maybe its time to catch one now. Here in Mumbai, mostly plays are in Gujrathi which I cant follow. Maybe some time in the future....

    but well written!!

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    1. Yes Mangala, i enjoyed a lot. I would suggest you take time out to watch play in theatre, it is, sometimes, far more worth than movies. I am sure you will enjoy.

      Thank you for the appreciation.

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  10. You write very interesting things must say.And what you wrote just credited everything with everyone.

    Nice blog.. :)

    Alcina-Afixxion Addixt

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    1. You have made my day with such a lovely comment. I am happy, i must confess. Thanks a lot Alcina. You are most welcome here. Keep visiting.

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  11. Good One Mak :) , Am sure everyone will enjoy this play as mush as you did.
    waiting for kannada version of the play since long time, wish they play it soon.

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  12. Thank you Subbu. Yes, awaiting 'vadakalu bimba' :) ticket book maaduvaga nanegu tilisi :)

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