Theatre, a spectator artwork efficiency, has been going through an existential disaster in occasions of social distancing following the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bengaluru, the theatre area, Rangashankara, has reinvented itself and is attempting to achieve out to the theatre group and its viewers, on-line.
As a part of the initiative, greater than 20 actors, administrators, playwrights and thespians from language theatres throughout the nation have carried out monologues from their favorite theatre texts for the digicam and shared it on-line.
These embody performances by Shabana Azmi, Sihi Kahi Chandru, Mandya Ramesh, Mukhyamantri Chandru and B. Jayashree, whereas actor Umashree has carried out a play after a number of years. This marketing campaign can be a part of the fifteenth anniversary celebrations of Rangashankara. Those that could not document a video have nonetheless participated with an audio recording.
“With the lockdown, our lifeline to the viewers was minimize off. At Rangashankara, we by no means celebrated World Theatre Day, as we argued we do it day by day. However this yr was totally different. As a group area, we realised we had a job to play to maintain theatre alive. What we may do now was solely work with monologues as all of us are locked up at house. The response we received from the group has been very encouraging,” stated Arundhati Nag, founding father of Rangashanakara, who has carried out a monologue from Girish Karnad’s play Anju Mallige, her first Kannada manufacturing.
Dwell-streaming of performs has grow to be the norm overseas, however stays untapped right here. Has COVID-19 pressured the theatre group within the nation to discover the video as a medium? “We at Rangashankara have tried recording performs for archival functions, however have did not do nice work like at NCPA, Mumbai. I really feel a play in video is reductionist because it would not give that healthful expertise,” Ms. Nag stated.
Umashree, who began with theatre and went on to grow to be a famous movie actor, stated the expertise of recording the monologue was unusual. “I enacted a theatre textual content to the digicam,” she stated, however added that after years earlier than the digicam she was accustomed to it.
Filmmaker B. Suresha had a unique take. “Even at Rangashankara, now we have tried to live-stream performs once we received Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. However solely a handful of individuals watched it on-line. Theatre requires that human component,” he stated.