‘Dance like a Man’ is being staged at Ranga Shankara on Tuesday, 21st December 2021, at 7:30 PM. ‘Dance like a Man’ is a two-act stage play written by Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mahesh Dattani. Directed by Samragni Dasgupta and Produced by ‘Last Page Collective’.
The story revolves around three generations, their personal ambition, sacrifices, struggle, and internal conflict. Each character deals with their own unique experiences, as the play delves into the human psyche and nuances of human emotion.
Jairaj Parekh and his wife Ratna, aging Bharatnatyam dancers, are engaged in finding a substitute mridangam player to accompany their daughter Lata at her performance at a high-profile dance festival. Lata, in the meantime, nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and Viswas, the young man she wishes to marry. When the four meet, and in the conversations and discussions that follow, the fissures in the relationship between Jairaj and Ratna begin to explode into high-strung battles which lead back to their own youth and the tragedy that lies at the heart of their discord. The younger couple has their own issues to contend with: the obvious mismatch between the two sets of parents, the arguments over Lata’s career as a dancer after marriage, and most unsettling of all, Lata’s attempt to balance her parents’ ambition with her own needs and desires.
In the cast:
- Lesley Amol Simeon
- Rupali Krishnan
- Tanya Ballal
- Nihal Pasha
Ranga Shankara is the definitive space for quality theatre in Bangalore. Since it opened its doors in October 2004, Ranga Shankara has developed into one of the nerve centers of theatre in India, firmly believing in ‘a play a day’, resulting in over 7000 performances by local, national, and international troupes in a range of languages in Ranga Shankara’s 18 years. One of the most affordable, accessible theatres in the country (making it a favorite among amateur theatre troupes), Ranga Shankara is also known for its many festivals such as the annual Theatre Festival, AHA! Festival of Theatre for Children and Equal, all contributing to the richness of the cultural fabric of not just Bangalore, but India, too.
Venue: Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross Rd, R K Colony, 2nd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560078
Phone: 080 2649 3982
Date: Tuesday, 21st of December 2021
Time: 7:30 PM