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Moonshine and Skytoffee is the first play, i watched at Rangashankara.
Though Rangashankara, is a part of Bangalore’s theatrescape for so long now, i had an opportunity to visit only now. Thanks to Vinoo, who spoke to me about Perch’s play at Rangashankara last week. The other motivation factors which drived me to Rangashankara was the Chennai Gang Perch and one of the artists Jagan (Vandu Sindu of Vijay TV Fame).

With the help of Sneha Kar (guided me with the route), I reached Rangashankara well in advance. RS is a beautiful place with a nice theater space, a bookstore, a cafe and nice verandas/corridors with photo frames everywhere to walk around. They had three bells ringing one 15 mins before the play, other 5 mins before the play and the last bell at the start of the play.

The set for the play was simple and looked awesome with
1. a tea shop
2. a wooden bench
3. A tall stool, which served as a door
4. A car tire hanging, which served as a window.
5. 2 mats.

Sainaba, one of the 5 characters, came first to the stage, followed by Ottakannan pokar, Kesavan Nair, Mandan Muthapa and then Saramma. I enjoyed the whole lot of fun, the timing sense and the dialogue delivery by the team, especially by Mandan Muthapa, who brought in economical recession to the scene. The way the props were used were just amazing, few to list here… Saramma peeping through the tire window, Kesavan Nair showing how he will suicide by going up the tall stool, the bunch of banana hanging. Just Cool.

A Mini Trailer here
Moonshine and Skytoffee, is an amalgamation of two of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s stories, ‘The love Letter’ and ‘The Card-sharper’s Daughter’. Both explore love in unlikely circumstances. ‘The Love Letter’ is about the love of Kesavan Nayar, a Hindu, for his landlord’s daughter Saramma, a Christian. ‘The Card-sharper’s Daughter’ is about the unlikely love that develops between Sainaba, the daughter of a card-sharper Ottakannan Poker, and a loveable rogue, Mandan Muthapa, a pickpocket. How these two couples come together in the face great odds forms the gist of this story. Both these love stories play themselves out with unexpected twists and turns, all laced with Basheer’s sparkling with and irrepressible humor.

A must watch play… But.. now, its not possible in Bangalore, as yesterday was the last day. I’m eager to watch the play “Sangathi Arinhyo?” by the same team today. 🙂

About Rangashankara:
Ranga Shankara is a world-class theatre facility in Bangalore, India. The most affordable theatre space in India today, Ranga Shankara is dedicated to showcasing theatrical performances from India and abroad, to producing and commissioning new and innovative theatre forms and productions, and facilitating outreach programmes to build audiences for theatre and to impart theatre skills.
More at… http://www.rangashankara.org/

About Perch:
Perch is a performance collective based in Chennai, formed by enthusiasts who want to push the ‘creative’ envelope using space, theatre, film, music, art and various forms of expression…
More at… http://www.perch.co.in/

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What a thought man…
This was taken from a gmail status message of a friend.
“Becoming a photographer is like becoming a prostitute, first you do it for fun, then for friends, then for money.”

You have freedom to share your views. Thanks.

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I wanted to write about this bit and time didn’t permit me to do so. There was a forward message, which said “India media is in the hands of all Foreign promoters”, be it Bennett & Coleman or the Times. I thought So WHAT?

But, In the current scenario, one can see the (ill) effects.
This media
1. Reported American elections as the MOTHER of all elections.
2. Showed OBAMA taking Oath for 2 hrs… Every single TV relayed live.
3. Ran Shows On SLUMDOG everyday.
4. Created a major scene on Muthalik Issue.
5. Interviews BOLLYWOOD, TOLLYWOOD and all woods possible, with discussions on size zero.
6. Forgot SATYAM SAGA and hot cake now is MK Gandhi.

Anyways my concern goes this way..
1. Why din’t they live Chandraayan when we launched from Sriharikotta? Except for DD none did it?
2. Why din’t they showcase the issues in Srilanka, where 100s dieing every other day?
3. Why don’t they forget Bollywood and other entertainment and concentrate to help find solutions for some serious issues?
4. Why don’t they be Neutral?
so.. there are so many “why don’ts” like this in my mind….
Hoping to see something better in the future.

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