Bengaluru: The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, which has gone digital for the first time, begins on Tuesday. The festival that attracts people from across the world has gone digital for the first time in 16 years and is restricted to a limited number of audiences.

This year the much-awaited festival begins on October 27 and ends on November 1.

Due to the ongoing pandemic COVID-19, the Bengaluru-based theatre has decided to stream and not stage the five plays listed.  Workshops of former Shankar Nag Theatre Award recipients will also be streamed.

The plays, workshops, along with short-films and webcasts, among others, will also be streamed on a big screen in the Ranga Shankara foyer for up to 30 people.

The plays that will be streamed in the 6-day long festival are Abhishek Majumdar’s Salt, Mohit Takalkar’s The Colour of Loss, Anurupa Roy’s Teelapur Ka Rakshasa, Sankar Venkateswaran’s Criminal Tribes Act, and QTP’s Lunch Girls.

The six-day festival features an online discussion on the changing perspectives of theatre production, featuring veteran producers.

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On the last day of the festival Ranga Shankara will be giving out the Shankar Nag award to one lucky and talented artist from the country.

The theatre also offers yummy food and drinks at Anju’s Café throughout the day during the festival. 

The tickets and more information about the festival are available on or The season pass for Indian audiences is Rs 500, tickets for individual shows are also available.