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Prachi Sibal| The News Minute| November 11, 2014| 8.30 pm IST As Bangalore’s favourite theatre, Ranga Shankara is now ten years old, we take a trip down memory lane through rare pictures of ten years of theatre-filled milestones. The theatre was built in the year 2004 by veteran actor Arundhati Nag as a means of fulfilling her deceased husband actor Shankar Nag’s long standing dream of building a state-of-the-art venue for the dramatic arts. The year was marked by a festival with a theme of nostalgia where productions from earlier annual festivals were brought back to be staged amidst much fanfare. The festival began on the theatre’s foundation day, October 27 and culminated on November 9, actor Shankar Nag’s 60th birth anniversary. The first Shankar Nag award, a national award for theatre practitioners was given out to city-based Abhishek Majumdar on November 9.  Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister lighting lamp at the inauguration of Ranga Shankara on October 27, 2004. Odakalu Bimba, 2005 Girish Karnad wrote a play for Ranga Shankara and Arundhati Nag, the acclaimed 'Odakalu Bimba' in Kannada, 'Bikhre Bimbh' in Hindi and 'A Heap of Broken Images' in English. It was the first time a play opened in two languages the same week, with two different actors but the same director, Karnad himself.  Arundhati Nag acted in the Kannada version and Arundathi Raja in the English. The play ran for several months, six days a week, three in Kannada and three in English. Robinson and Crusoe, 2006 From a production called Robinson and Crusoe from the first AHA! Ranga Shankara’s annual children’s theatre festival. It was collaboration between Schnawwl Theatre Germany and Ranga Shankara. Andrea Gronnemeyer widely recognized European director directed Robinson and Crusoe. The first Summer Express, Ranga Shankara’s yearly children’s summer workshop as part of AHA!. (2006)  Measure for Measure, 2005 One of the earliest international productions staged at Ranga Shankara. Arundhati Nag took Simon McBurney from the troupe for a recce all the theatres in the city.Because it was a big production it required a big stage and needed to be showcased to a big audience. Simon saw all and insisted he would perform only at Ranga Shankara. Boy with a Suitcase A landmark collabation with Schnawwl Theatre, Mannheim where a British playwright, German director and Indo-European cast got together. It premiered in Mannheima and came to Bangalore after. So far, the production has toured Euope and done 92 shows. The production returned to Ranga Shankara for this year’s annual festival. Volunteers from Ranga Shankara’s first festival in 2004 Naseeruddin Shah in a still from Ismat Aapa Ke Naam which staged at Ranga Shankara’s first festival in 2004 and has returned for the 2014 festival. Former Chief Minister SM Krishna with Arundhati Nag at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony in 2001.  Atul Kumar of The Company Theatre, actor Shashi Kapoor and a member of Footsbarn Theatre company at the Ranga Shankara Café. (2005) Arundhati Nag and SG Vasudev at the unveiling of a mural that the latter created for the tenth anniversary of Ranga Shankara’s. The sculpture features names of major donors who helped build the theatre. (2014)

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