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Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru is dedicated to the handsome Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. His imposing life-size portrait and bust at the entrance is a welcoming sight for spellbound visitors. A recent renovation in infrastructure means that this place is now technologically advanced and well-equipped for hosting a diverse range of artistic performances. The stage is surrounded by latest sound and light systems which are coupled with the necessary technical assistance. The musical performances are more alluring with the movable pit, which accommodates musicians and their consoles. There are separate green rooms for male and female performers. This venue has witnessed many interesting regional plays, dance and vocal performances. Theater troupes from different parts of the country have staged their plays here. Just behind the main building is an amphitheater for conducting small open-air local events. Catch up with any of the two shows that are held here, one in the morning and the other in the evening. This venue is located near Sir Puttannachetty Town Hall on J. C. Road.
The first thing that you notice about this hall is the unique shape of the building's exterior. Chowdiah Memorial Hall (CMH) is shaped in the form of a violin, as it was built after the renowned violinist Mr. T. Chowdiah. The surrounding areas are spic and span with well-pruned gardens and mowed lawns. With plush interiors and modern installations in the sound system, the hall accommodates a little more than one thousand people in the audience. Famous not only for its architecture but also, for the diverse cultural events that it hosts, this stage has seen numerous musical concerts, recitals, plays, spiritual sessions and classical performances. The venue is often rented for weddings, local events, and other celebrations. Situated behind it, is the serene Sankey Tank, which is a lot more than just a water reservoir.
KH (Kengal Hanumantiah) Kala Soudha is the place to be if you want to witness real cultural entertainment. An extremely popular event venue in Bengaluru, the place offers state-of-the-art technical facilities and sound equipment. There is a huge auditorium with an equally proportionate stage, which hosts events of various genres like dance, music, and art. The lights as well as the acoustics are incredible and give just the desired effect for any type of event. Primarily a theater, live plays, and dramas are a frequent happening at this cultural hub.
Located inside the Bangalore International Centre, the Bangalore International Centre Auditorium is a venue that plays host to everything from lectures to book launches to musical performances. It has also hosted several international conferences. The Auditorium has a capacity to seat 80 and is easily accessible by means of public transport.
Ranga Shakara is a landmark that will be remembered for long in the theater history of Bengaluru. This dream of the late Kannada actor Shankar Nag, it was realized by Arundhati Nag(his wife), who spearheaded the movement for the theater to be accessible to both patrons and troupes alike. At Ranga Shankara they follow the thought of one play a day and therefore there is some action happening every day. They also have an annual theater festival that takes places every year around October. Besides this, they also provide venue space for many other cultural activities happening in the city.
With a capacity of 300, KEA Prabhath Rangamandira is an expansive auditorium that regularly conducts corporate events, musicals, play and other theatrical productions. The auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment including a 24 channel digital mixer, multi channel lighting control and even a specialized theater drapes system. In addition to the various technical aspects, the theater’s teak wood floors, comfy chairs and carpeted floors ensure that patrons to the auditorium are comfortable. KEA Prabhath Rangamandira also houses a cafeteria, an event space, a space for workshops and rehearsals as well as an expansive parking lot.
Jagriti, which means awakening, is a center for performing arts which host shows that display a variety of music and dance as well as theater. The center also conducts lectures and workshops, giving people a chance to participate and come together as one community. The theater also offers the internationally acclaimed degree as well as diploma courses in theater arts. The box office of the theater is open till 8:00p on show days.