November 8th, 2010

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My thoughts on the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, 2010

click here to read it online at Citizen Matters

To write this short article, I had to:

1. attend about 80% of the performances, including the platform performances, spending several hours at Ranga Shankara;

2. take about 35 photographs

I got harassed by various Ranga Shankara volunteers about "photography is not allowed" though I did have permission to photograph if I did not use a flash.

Out of these images, a few have been used in the online version and two in the print edition.

It's lucky that I am very intersted in theatre; the average newspaper reporter would obviously have been bored to death, which is why, I suppose, the normal writeups are often full of inaccuracies...
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Bannerghatta, Quarry area, 071110

I've often spoken of the quarry area of Bannerghatta Forest; this is an area beyond the settlements of Nisarga, Nandanavana, and Pride Vatika Layout. A road, pretty horrible in patches, snakes along the hillside, through areas that have been quarried for the granite that Bangalore is famous for. The motorable road sort of peters out before a small village, and there's a mango orchard there, and a little running rivulet. It's a great place for birding, and on Sunday morning, Chandu, Krupakar, and I went there again.

We saw a fair amount of birds, but right now, I want to show how beautiful the scenery was..... here's the stream that gurgles through the area:


stream quarry 071110

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and right next to them was this old, disused temple, with old palm thatch shading its front, and moss and greenery sprouting over its top:


old temple 071110

If you'd like to see more pics,

click here

I sometimes feel I won't mind I don't see a single bird...the beauty of Bannerghatta forest is enough to make me feel at peace for quite a while!