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intimate theaters: indoor and out door

bhoomigeetharangayana

Rangayana is a theater repertoire of Karnataka. It has been using make shift spaces since inception; one outdoor among woods by the side of lake and another on the basement of a huge stage of a humongous Kalamandira auditorium that is considered good only for political speeches. In 2001, a national theater festival hosted by Rangayana needed building up an intimate theater space within a short time of 5o days and and on a shoe string budget.  This resulted in recreating an indoor theater, Bhoomigeetha, in the existing basement space. Carved out of it was a theater for 240 seats with all necessary paraphernalia required for a standard intimate theater. Also we recreated the Vanaranga among the wooded space adding up lighting, proper seating, backdrops, side stages and green rooms etc and also added a symbolic entry and a ticket booth. The theater enthusiasts received the spaces well and became noted spaces of theater and discussed at national levels.

The process of creation of these spaces also saw us innovating with recycling and reuse of available waste materials and discarded stage sets. The embedded energy of recreation remained low as a result.

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