Starting this A�weekend, artists will celebrate the iconic cultural spaces of the city
India Foundation for the Arts is back with another edition of Project 560 to shine the spotlight on the citya��s iconic spaces. Six artists will re-imagine these culturally significant venues with their respective artforms. Their works will be showcased in a three-day fest next month. We spoke to theatre practitioners, Mangala N and S Ramanatha, who start showcasing their ideas on November 7, as a prelude to their final act.
Of dosas and doyens
Mangala will depict the cultural charisma of Gandhi Bazaara��s Vidyarthi Bhavan restaurant, which is famous for its masale dose, in her finale performance. a�?The restaurant was opened in 1942 for college students. Gradually, literary people, politicians and celebrities started visiting it. They would chat about important topics for hours. I want to recreate those times.a�?
Meanwhile, she will explore more spaces and memories in a Kannada play, Avarnaabhijnana. a�?I have picked references of spaces, both physical and mental, made by famous Kannada personalities and pieced it together,a�? she says.
In his December performance, Ramanatha will show how it was to train under the legendary theatre personality BV Karanth. After quitting his job as a chemistry lecturer, Ramanatha studied acting under Karanth in Mysore. And, he could not have found a better venue to pay tribute to his mentor a�� Karantha��s house in Girinagar. As a prelude, he will stage a Kannada play, Rangajang amana Nata, which will highlight the acting and voice-enhancing techniques used by Karanth. Starts on November 7. At Suchitra Cinema & Cultural Academy. Entry free. Details: