Little stage

Little stage

Bangalore’s most popular theatre space Ranga Shankara, which believes that theatre should be a part of every child’s life, initiated AHA!, their International Theatre for Children Festival in the year 2006. This year’s festival starts from 26 August and will go on until 6 September.

But if the excitement is not enough to drag you and your kids to the festival, what you definitely need to attend is a workshop by child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Shekar Sheshadri tiltled ‘Why Theatre for Children?’. The workshop will be conducted on Day 2, i.e. 27 August.

Have you had hour long discussions with fellow parents on how you wish your child had her nose buried in a book instead of Facebook? A public forum on 28 August by children for parents on the new needs of children and the possible positives of the Internet and New Media might just take your fears away. Other events for parents and teachers include a symposium on Theatre Pedagogy for Children, a workshop on Participation & Child Rights and a Theatre Training Initiative for Teachers.

The Argentinian troupe Vuelve en Julio will perform a piece called The Pirate Code on 30 August. The play will be performed in code by using the actors’ bodies, sounds and movements. The code which is decoded and understood by the spectator makes the play enjoyable for people of all ages.

Tickets for the plays and performances are available at the Rangashankara and on You can attend workshops with free passes available at the venue on a first-come-first serve basis.

Shows for schools will be performed in the morning (schools can contact Ranga Shankara at for booking), while shows for children and parents are scheduled in the evenings.