The Cultural Landscape

The Cultural Landscape


By Pravir Bagrodia

I remember the evening when we went to watch a play at Ranga Shankara, 24 km away in south-west Bengaluru, only to be turned away from the gate for being late by four minutes. Many Whitefielders may also recall heading 24-km north-west for a show at Chowdiah Memorial Hall. Or recollect those occasional visits to Alliance Francaise or Gurunanak Bhawan or Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha or other centres of art and culture, theatre and literature. As the curtains unfolded at Jagriti, the landscape changed. One could walk, cycle, or even hop on to a bus to Ramgondanahalli, for drama, a stand-up comedy, a music recital or even a magic show. As the doors opened at Windmills, Phoenix and similar venues nearer home, the audience rejoiced. Today, we reproduce a 2013 feature in The Times of India on this subject.


From the Archives: Today, we go through a comprehensive and interesting article by Krupa Rajangam on the history of Whitefield since inception. It was published in Bangalore Mirror five years ago.