Maya Bazaar

BLT’s  annual big bang production is back! It is brought to you in partnership with Indian Cancer Society (ICS) and Amar Chitra Katha and The Hindu.

BLT & ICS are pleased to announce its partnership with Amar Chitra Katha and The Hindu. This year we present the endearing family entertainer Maya Bazaar. Based on the eponymous movie from the 1950’s, BLT’s version is in English and is a contemporary retelling of the classic yarn. How does Abhimanyu win the hand of Sashirekha, the love of his life, with some help from Ghatothkacha and his merry rakshasas and from Krishna, the original magician? Set in the mystical environs of Dandakaranya and Dwaraka, this play is our tribute to the original and is sure to tickle your funny bone.

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We will be performing the play – “Maya Bazaar”, across auditoriums in Bangalore so that people can come and watch the play and also contribute to a worthy cause. Indian Cancer Society intends to use all proceeds from ticket sales to create a bridge fund that would be used to fund diagnosis / initial treatment for children under 18 years.  Many parents do not have the required finances, and it takes one or two months to get money from cancer treatment funding schemes.  Most cancers can be cured if treatment is started early, especially with children.  The bridge fund will provide financial support till main treatment funds are available. ICS and BLT are also conducting anti-smoking workshops, using theatre as a medium, in most schools that will participate in this fund-raiser.  

BLT’s  Children’s Theatre programme is committed to the disadvantaged child, and is supported by Susmita and Subroto Bagchi as part of our shared social development goals.

ICS’ initiative to create cancer awareness in schools (specifically related to use of tobacco) and to raise funds for initial diagnosis / treatment of children with cancer is supported by Oracle.

 For Bookings https://in.bookmyshow.com/bengaluru/plays/maya-bazaar/ET00048811

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Tell me the name of a flower

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Bangalore Little Theatre is back with a psychological thriller – Tell me the name of a flower. This is the second of a new programme called ‘BLT GOLD’ wherein they celebrate classic plays from their archives of over 200 plays done in the past 56 years.

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A classic portrayal of six petals of a multi-shaded flower, petals each coloured with Pride, Helplessness, Greed, Fear, Blind love and Deadly illusions. A psychological thriller, it revolves around a murder borne of these various shades and the essence of the beautiful yet dangerous nature of the mind. Kanta has an affair with her husbands best friend and the scene of the revelation brings out the news of their close friend Jyotsna’s affair from the past. With Jyotsna’s previous boyfriend blackmailing the couple with sneaky evidence, who will get killed out of the six under one roof that night becomes the crux of the story. The deepest vulnerabilities are tested and their impact forms the theme of the play. The play is translated by one of Bangalore’s senior-most theatre personalities, Prof. Vijay Padaki, a founder-life member of Bangalore Little Theatre.

Tickets:https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/tell-me-the-name-of-a-flower/ET00047139

To enjoy being Ridiculous

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“Why Spot?” , was one of the first questions thrown to us as we huddled in a circle with our gregarious instructors, and my brain whirred out possible answers to the question none of which I volunteered out, the most compelling of which was to be someone other than me. The throaty voice of the instructor roared out saying “To be ridiculous!”, and that seemed to finish off my boggart of fears, as I forced out a laugh.

As I walked into the hall at AMC on a lazy Sunday morning I felt like a fish out of the water,  as I questioned my decision-making skills for having written off the next 14 Sundays to trips down the rabbit hole. A few eyes followed me as walked on in to register myself and a pair remained glued to the pages of a novel (I inwardly cursed myself for not having thought of bringing one along). We started the session with instructions to jog till we dropped dead, which didn’t particularly lift my spirits but it did get me to snap out of my sleepy haze.

A multitude of exercises few of which involved us turning ourselves as  blobs,  it is extremely satisfying as we roll on the floor shifting through a number of body states. Folk dances and singing help loosen your body and voice, while improv sessions requiring you to be a range of different objects from machines to disgruntled immigrants makes you step out of your comfort zone as you begin to embrace the unknown.SPOT for me has been more than a theatre appreciation workshop, it shows us that unlearning and relearning are perhaps the greatest skills one can possess. If the Wachowski brothers (and now Elon Musk) were to be believed and we are indeed living in “The Matrix”, theatre is what will free our minds and help reclaim that missing joie de vivre as you enjoy being ridiculous, again.

This post has been penned by Sam Terence Roberts, a SPOT Trainee, batch of 2016. The flagship training programme of BLT has been the annual Summer Project on Theatre, popularly known as SPOT, was institutionalised in 1988.SPOT is a training-cum-production project spread over about three months.Reputed for its end productions. For more details of this production click on the link https://www.facebook.com/events/647211395444522/

Theatre of Dreams

 

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One year ago I saw my first play – ‘Death’ – at the Alliance Française. I was awestruck at the by the sheer brilliance and complexity of the comedy… and also by the number of lines the lead actor had to remember. I was always interested in drama and cinema. But when I saw my first play, it sparked something in me. I just had to get into the magical realm of Theater.

One month from now, I will be acting in my first theatre production, ‘The Frisky Suspenders’, at the Alliance Française. It is a comedy.

When I looked for theatre workshops, I found a few courses lasting a month and costing above ₹5000. While I was very sure that I wanted in, my Dad was against it. I was disappointed. Little did I know, at that time, that this was probably the best thing that could happen. Life then took me to Bangalore Little Theatre’s Summer Project On Theatre (SPOT). I have no clue how I got into BLT’s mailing list but I got the email regarding SPOT and I instantly registered. After a short period on the waiting list and some dad convincing, I was finally in! What really got me interested in SPOT was its length (14 Sundays) and also the price (none of which is used for profits). SPOT is hands down the best theatre workshop in Bangalore.

As a studious school-going student who has consistently fared well in exams, SPOT set a challenge for me. Initially, I thought it would be just 14 Sundays and that I too could  do it with ease. But as we get closer to our final production, the rehearsals are  thrice a week, and we’re still a month away from curtains up! I have 2 sets of exams lined up next month, one of which coincides with my production dates. I have been staying up till 12 every night finishing up homework and even carrying books to study at rehearsals. Also, I used to be a bit scared of staying outside after dusk but now I’ve become completely confident about travelling in BMTC bus even at 9 in the night! I have seen more of Bangalore in the last two months than I have in my whole life. Studies and rehearsals have made my life very busy. But I guess without hard work and commitment, I cannot hope to achieve any target.

I had tried my hand in Hindustani music, but it did not work out with me. Then I tried learning the guitar (twice!) but it too did not work out. I was jealous of other kids who had a healthy extracurricular life, engaged in a bunch of activities. I have also had an obsession to always be different. So here I am, trying to be different – ‘The only below 20 SPOTer.’

It is not quizzing, MUNing, painting, dance or music that has become my tool for self-discovery. It is the theatre of my dreams.

-Guruprerana Shabadi

 

SPOT(Summer Program On Theatre)2016

BANGALORE LITTLE THEATRE announces the annual SPOT (Summer Project on Theatre). This workshop for theatre enthusiasts has been institutionalized as an annual event since the mid-80s. A great many of the theatre community in Bangalore have been through BLT’s training and workshop productions.

Inviting Applications for SPOT (Summer Program On Theatre) 2016

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More details in the link below

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Bangalore Little Theatre and Alliance Française de Bangalore
Present
RHINOCEROS
An adaptation by Eugene Ionesco : a comedy in the absurd tradition

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Now in its 55th year, Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) is the city’s oldest and most widely respected theatre society, committed to the promotion of theatre and performing arts. BLT has a long track record of outreach activity relating itself to the Bangalore environment. One of the longest running programmes is the Summer Project on Theatre (SPOT). SPOT  is a workshop is modeled after the National Youth Theatre in the UK, but is obviously more limited in its scale. However, the inputs to the summer workshop are of the highest quality, drawing on the best available methodology. Although open to all interested (“from 16 to 60”), irrespective of prior experience in or aptitude for theatre activity. The workshop runs for three months and culminates in the annual theatre production. The year 2015 has two courses of SPOT, and will complete 30 programmes since its inception.

The founder of the workshops, Vijay Padaki, has a long involvement in training methodology in Management and Organizational Development. He has successfully hybridized training methods between the two spheres of theatre and management. BLT has trained trainers to disseminate theatre training more effectively. Customized theatre workshops from BLT are constantly in demand from colleges, schools, clubs, corporate bodies and other institutions. The participants are exposed to all aspects of a theatre production, including  the basics of acting technique and the many aspects of stagecraft, such as stage design, lighting, sound, sets, props, costumes, etc.  SPOT includes hands-on experience in play production, and culminates in public performances of a chosen play script. Sometimes even the play script is an original one by the SPOT team.

This year’s Summer Project culminates in the performance of an adaptation of the French absurd classic RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco. Bangalore Little Theatre is one of the oldest cultural partners of Alliance Française de Bangalore. Since its inception in 1970 AF has had the association of BLT in several ways, both organizationally and in programme content. The production is a product of the continuing cultural partnership between Alliance Française and BLT.

The play RHINOCEROS is a comic comment on the forces of majoritarianism creeping into a society and the blind acceptance by members of the society.  Ionesco’s drama combines abstract philosophical ideas of the nature of human logic with down to earth humor about the way humans deceive themselves with rationalizations in the name of logic.  The deeper undercurrent question remains through the play: Can logic replace responsibility in society? From this arises the most important theme of the play, namely the place of individuality in society and the significance of individual responsibility. If the rhinoceros serves as a metaphor for people succumbing to a majoritarian tidal wave,  the play’s appeal to resist the wave with logic and responsibility is derived from the same metaphor.

In keeping  with many of the plays in the Theatre of the Absurd, RHINOCEROS is conscious of itself as a play, as when one of the characters suggests to another character that he should see one of Ionesco’s plays. It forces the audience to recognize the performance before them as a play and not as a diversion. Ionesco breaks the “fourth wall” of the theatre (and numerous other walls and structures explode in the play) to make the audience leave the theatre feeling that the absurdity they witnessed was somehow more real than a “realistic” play. Audiences will recognize the relevance of the play in today’s society immediately.

Dates: August 28, 29 and 30
Timings: 3:30 P.M and 7:00 P.M
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Admission Free,first-come-served. 
Cast and Crew 
Narrator 1 – TamannaWadehra,
Narrator 2- CharulKapilJean, Karan Manveer Singh
Berenger- Deepak Mote
Logician – Tania Robinson
Old Gent – Shiv Kumar
Waitress- SanjnaJagdeesh
Grocer – Swapnil Kumar Yadav
Grocer’s wife – Aarti Sharma Grocer’s wife- Neha Shrivastav Proprietor- Rabi Agrawal Housewife- Sampada G Daisy- SahanaSubramanyam Daisy – Sujata Guha
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Backstage – Karan Manveer Singh, MatuAgarwal, DeepakMote , Shubham Srivastava, AdityeNair, Minti Jain , MurtazaKhetty,Joseph, Aslam
Costumes, Props, Stage management –TamannaWadehra, Priyalakshmi Rao
Lights – Minti Jain/Aditye Nair
Poster design – Deepak Mote
SPOT Trainers- Vijay Padaki, MurtuzaKhetty, Minti Jain, Priyalakshmi Rao, AmjadPrawej
Director – Abhishek Sundaravadanan
Assisted by – Vijay Padaki