Drama Review Programme

Training in theatre has always been an important element of Ranga Shankara’s programming. As part of its 15th Year Celebrations, Ranga Shankara offered an opportunity for 10 students to learn about reviewing theatrical productions at its DRAMA REVIEW PROGRAMME at the Ranga Shankara Annual Festival '19. The aim was to introduce students to reviewing and critically writing about productions that they watched at the festival, and inculcate an interest in analytical writing for the theatre. Vara Raturi, Tara Brahme, Laya N Kumar and Sania Lekshmi P R completed the programme after writing a Festival Review and three other reviews in the following months. Vara Raturi was chosen as the winning reviewer for her work.

“It was refreshing to see the quality of work produced by not just the 4 finalists, but all the participants. Each of them exhibited great potential and Ranga Shankara is proud to have provided a platform for their work to reach a wider audience”, says Surendranath S.

Congratulations to all the participants on an excellent job!

Vara Raturi

Vara Raturi is a 21-year-old student, actor, writer and a theatre-and-literature enthusiast. She is a proud feminist and Ambedkarite, and is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Sophia College in Mumbai. She freelances as a performer but is associated with Mumbai's D For Drama and The Company Theatre, often involved in their projects either as a performer or as a curator/production manager. Her Instagram channel on books and literature, 'readreadreadrepeat' features reviews, recommendations and more about theatre, books and sometimes films!

Festival Review

Tara Brahme

Tara is an undergraduate student at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, pursuing a BA in humanities. She has a deep interest in performance arts and their relation to society, particularly understanding it as a way of bringing people together. She has also been a practitioner of the martial art, Kalaripayattu, for the last 11 years.

Festival Review

Laya N Kumar

Laya has a Bachelor's in English from the Manipal Centre for Humanities. She is trying to find her own voice by exploring different forms of expression in theatre.

Festival Review

Sania Lekshmi P R

Sania is a final year undergraduate student at Manipal Centre for Humanities. Having majored in Literature and Philosophy, she is keen on exploring the crossroads between the two. She is also a staunch admirer of Elizabethan literature and Shakespearean theatre.

Festival Review