Bengaluru’s 8 best theatres to watch plays
Bengaluru: The city is always abuzz with activities. From traditional to modern art, the place is a melting pot that represents cultures of various forms. If you are a theatre lover, here is the list of eight theatres you should check out, especially during weekends, to watch a play and be relaxed.
The eight best theatres in Bengaluru
1) Ranga Shankara
Ranga Shankara is one of Bengaluru's sought after theatres. The auditorium opened in 2004. It was envisioned by Arundathi Nag, in remembrance of her late husband, actor, director Shankar Nag.
Location: JP Nagar
Address: 36/2, 8th Cross Road, RK Colony, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar
2) Chowdiah Memorial Hall
Chowdiah Memorial Hall is a well known cultural centre in Bengaluru and is a home for musical and theatrical performances. It was built as a tribute to the legendary violin maestro Tirumakudalu Chowdiah in 1961. It is run by the Academy of Music, an independent registered body.
Address: 16th Cross, Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval, Malleshwaram
3) Kalagrama, Mallathhalli
Kalagrama is situated inside the Bengaluru University premises and hosts many cultural events including plays. It had also hosted the nine-hour play Malegalalli Madumagalu. Kalagrama also hosts theatre festivals.
Address: Mallathahalli Lake Rd, NGEF Layout, Kengunte, Jnana Bharathi
4) KH Kalasoudha
Recently taken over by Prabhat Studios, KH Kalasoudha is mainly a dedicated space for plays. The theatre has a play almost every evening starting from 7 PM.
Location: Hanumantha Nagar
Address: Ramanjaneya Temple Compound, Hanumantha Nagar, Basavanagudi
5) Good Shepherd auditorium
It is a top player in the auditorium category in Bangalore. Artistes like Naseeruddin Shah to Rajat Kapoor have performed their plays in Good Shepherd auditorium.
Location: Residency Road
Address: Museum Rd, Opposite St. Patrick’s Church, Richmond Town
6) Ravindra Kalakshetra
It is a cultural centre in the city which is a home for musical and theatrical performances. It was built to commemorate the birth centenary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Veteran artistes, film stars like Umashree, Mukhyamantri Chandru, TS Nagabharana, Master Hirannaiah, CR Simha, Prakash Raj have performed here.
Location: JC Road, next to Town Hall
Address: Besides Town Hall, JC Road, Kumbaragundi, Sampangi Rama Nagar
7) Jagriti Theatre
Jagriti performance arts space was founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja. The space has hosted several productions from India and across world. It is a 200-seat theatre fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The stage also designed for intimate performances and is operated by the ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
Address: Varthur Road, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield
8) Alliance Française de Bangalore
Built in 1970, Alliance française de Bangalore is part of a worldwide network of more than 850 institutions. It is the best place where Bangaloreans can find a space of self-development and enrichment in addition to plays held here regularly.
Location: Vasanth Nagar
Address: Thimmaiah Road, Opposite UNI Building, Vasanth Nagar