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Starting this  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 city’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 Bazaar’s Vidyarthi Bhavan restaurant, which is famous for its masale dose, in her finale performance. “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.”
Meanwhile, she will explore more spaces and memories in a Kannada play, Avarnaabhijnana. “I have picked references of spaces, both physical and mental, made by famous Kannada personalities and pieced it together,” she says.
Theatrical tribute
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 – Karanth’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:
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— BK

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