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Bengaluru, February 23, 2020
Ranga Shankara will stage Girish Karnad’s Kannada play "Bendakaalu on Toast” from February 25-29 as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations.
A well-known theatre in South Bangalore, Ranga Shankara was set up in the year 2004 by Arundathi Nag, in remembrance of her late husband, Shankar Nag, who was a renowned actor in the Kannada film industry.
The play is directed by S Surendranath who has in the past directed Karnad’s Nagamandala (along with Shankar Nag). MS Sathyu, the legendary filmmaker has done the scenography for “Bendakaalu on Toast”. Well-known artist SG Vasudev has designed the poster of the play.
The title of the play is a reference to the “bendakaalu,” the boiled beans legend on the origin of Bengaluru’s name. The Hoysala King Veera Ballala II, had lost his way during a hunting expeditions and chanced upon the hut of an old woman. Taking pity on the tired and lost King, she served him a dish of boiled beans, known in Kannada as Benda Kaalu. Pleased with her kindness, the Hoysala king named the place “Benda-kaal-uru,” where the town and later metropolis came up.
The late Karnad had spoken about the city in 2012 when he confessed to being “fascinated by the vitality, energy and chaos of the city, where there is no single narrative. I wanted to write about this explosion, and the people who have come here, most of whom are rootless.”
Director Surendranath says the play speaks of a Bangalore where it is possible for everyone to cook their beans, speaking metaphorically. It captures the monstrosity that Bangalore has become, as well as the everyday happenings in the lives of its people.
The spirit, the discontentment and the anarchy of Bangalore as it appears in its bylanes is what the play captures through its dialogues and actions, he says.
The cast comprises Soundarya Nagaraj, Indira Poojari, Kalpana Naganath, Vijay Kulkarni, Prachi Ravichandra, Sripriya, Shankar Ganesh, Gowri Dattu, Sujit Udupa, Sripathi Manjanabail, Keerthi Bhanu, Shruti Kushala, Suraj Kiran, Vasantha Krishnamurthy, Shraddha Raj, Anil, Arun D T and Vaishnavi Swamy.
The sets design is by M S Sathyu. Sets making is by Basavaraj, Anand and Suresh Baganavar. Lights are by Parthasarathi and properties by Jutty. The costumes are by Anshul Juneja, Sound recording was at Omkar Studio, Bengaluru, poster design by S G Vasudev. The production is by Arun D T and Anil B.
The play is directed by Surendranath S with Venkatesh Prasad as assistant director. Tickets are available at the Ranga Shankara Box Office and BookMyShow.