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Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq in Kannada


Apr 04 2023 to Apr 06 2023 7:30 p.m.



Ranga Shankara

36/2, 8th Cross Rd, R K Colony, 2nd Phase, J. P. Nagar 560078

Event Description

Bhoomija is presenting Girish Karnad’s classic play, Tughlaq in Kannada. The play is directed by S Surendranath and the production is designed by M S Sathyu. The play will premiere in Ranga Shankara on Tue, 4 Apr. There will be two more shows on Wed, 5 Apr, and Thu, 6 Apr. All the shows are at 7 30 PM. The stellar cast of Tughlaq comprises several theatre, TV, and film actors in Kannada.

Full cast list: Keerthi Bhanu, Hulugappa Kattimani, Ganapati Hitthalakai, Soumya Bhagwat, Krishna Hebbale, Berty Olivera, Anurag Sharma, Yatheesh N Kollegala, Salian Umesh Narayana, Murali Shringeri, Ganesh M Bheemanakone, Rajat Maradi, Sripathi Manjanabail, Avinash Shivapure, Arun Murthy, Sharat Gowda, Manoj, Manju Siddaiah Suri (Surendranath)’s

Director’s Note: Girish Karnad's Tughlaq is one of the greatest plays of Indian theatre. This play, which revolves around an eccentric ruler in Indian history and the events of that time, can never be irrelevant. Political strategies, religious intrigues, religio-political conflicts, and personal relationships are interlocked in the play. This presentation of the play is an attempt to bring it closer to contemporary times, to 2023, both inwardly and externally. Inwardly by examining Tughlaq’s personal turmoil, and his relationships, and externally by bringing up contemporary events. It is an attempt to see Tughlaq as a common man rather than as a king, thereby understanding the present in both general and political contexts. At one end there is the king, the king's stepmother, and his statesman, while at the other end, there is a swindler, a thief, some rich men, and priests. It is also an attempt to understand what impact the orders of the palace have on the population at large.

“We most certainly wanted a Kannada play as a part of Bhoomija’s tenth-year 'celebrations and it had to be a Karnad! It is our privilege that such a fantastic team has come together to breathe life into this classic. The team has been in residential rehearsals for several weeks now and we can’t wait for the premiere in Ranga Shankara”, says Gayathri Krishna, the Managing Trustee of Bhoomija. 

About the Bhoomija Trust

The Bhoomija Trust is known for curating and presenting quality art programmes and performances to audiences nationally and internationally. Since 2012, the Trust has brought to stage prominent artistes and art forms that are not otherwise easily accessible, with a focus on folk traditions. The Trust has earlier presented events such as Bombay Jayashri’s performance at the Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Center for Performing Arts (San Jose), concerts by Aruna Sairam, and the ‘Jackfruit’ festival of music for and by children, which also saw the world premiere of Roysten Abel’s ‘The Manganiyar Classroom’, to name a few.

Venue: Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar, Bangalore

Date: April 4th – 6th, 2023

Time: 7.30 PM

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