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Speaking of the City with Rohini Nilekani

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Speaking of the City with Rohini Nilekani
Friday, June 14, 7 pm
Bangalore's Shapeshifts: A Personal Journey
Rohini Nilekani on the city's role in her work as a philanthropist and social innovator.

About the speaker:

Rohini Nilekani is a committed philanthropist and social activist who has been involved in the founding of, among others, Pratham Books, a non-profit publisher for children; Arghyam, a foundation that strives to provide safe, sustainable water for all; and Ek Step, an open learning platform. The Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies have funded a wide range of cultural and social organizations in Bangalore and elsewhere. Nilekani writes and speaks extensively on subjects including philanthropy, environment and water, and civil society and governance.

About the series:
Bangalores World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program sponsors a bi-monthly curated talk called Speaking of the City at Shoonya. Writers, artists, journalists, scholars, architects, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, geographers, activists or anyone who has worked on and for Bangalore is invited to speak of this city.

These are free talks for the students and alumni of the program and for the general public. The inaugural talk in the series, in July 2017, was given by Ramachandra Guha whose discussion about his life and work in Bangalore drew a packed house. Subsequently, the series has featured Kannada writer Vivek Shanbhag, the top editor, and journalist Sugata Srinivasaraju, English language novelist Lavanya Sankaran, popular historian Maya Jayapal, bestselling novelist Anita Nair, award-winning journalist Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, urbanist and architect Naresh Narasimhan, acclaimed writer and film lyricist Jayant Kaikini, the chief editor of The Hindu, Mukund Padmanabhan, and celebrated Kannada author Vasudhendra. These talks have analyzed the city from various angles personal and public, thereby contributing to an oral history of south Indian urban life.


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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices .

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