Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Bengali Tempest

A Bengali Tempest

I watched a Bengali rendition of the Play tempest by Shakespeare at the Ranga Shankara in Bangalore.

The play was 110 mins long with an interval in between. It has been directed by Nasir Uddin Yusuff.

This play was performed at The Globe in London. The Globe in London is a reconstruction of the original Globe after it was destroyed in a fire. The original Globe was constructed by the play company that Shakespeare belonged to. And performing a play by Shakespeare at globe must be the pinnacle of success any theater artist can achieve.

Here is a video of the Dhaka Theater Production troupe after their performance at the Globe.

Quite remarkably, they have got quite a number of good reviews for this performance.

You can always read the play Tempest by Shakespeare .

I have read The Tempest in school but thanks to my deplorable memory , I could enjoy the play as if it was the first time. The play would even otherwise be quite enjoyable since it has a quite distinct Bengali touch and is a very musical and colorful performance.

The actors consistently add a refreshing touch to the characters they are portraying. While Ariel was played by a woman whose long hairs were quite befitting to the Bengali idea of a spirit. The energy and emotion that was invested in the portrayal of a spirit was quite impressive.

The best part of this play is enjoyed only if you know Bengali. The dialogues and 'bengalification' of the play gets quite hilarious at times. Especially the mushy romance of Miranda and Ferdinand.

Please do try and catch this play and here's a glimpse of the people who will entertain you.

A Bengali Tempest ArtistsA Bengali Tempest Artists

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jog Falls - The Enchanting Waterfall in Karnataka

Misty Waterfall

Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and dangerous water falls I have ever visited.  It is 400 km from Bangalore and 240 km from Mangalore. Jog Falls is formed by the Sharavathi River. The best time to visit Jog Falls is from June-September, During the monsoons.

We took the following Route from Bangalore to Jog Falls.

Here's a small video compilation of the falls followed by some interesting snaps.

The route was quite scenic and the road was decent. In spite of it raining it didn't feel unsafe to drive.
Things turned even more beautiful as it was drizzling.

Road To Jog Falls

Rains On The Way To Jog Falls

We ended up having lunch at a restaurant in probably a town. There was only one restaurant that seemed decent enough to even enter. But the menu was absolutely out of the world. The "Non" were very normal. But having curd rice on the north Indian Meals Menu was the icing on the cake.

Lunch Menu On The Way To Jog Falls

It started pouring on the later part of the journey and it was quite hard to even see the road. The Roads were pretty good so we managed to reach safely.

When we had almost reached jog falls we hit a bridge.
It was afternoon and yet so misty that it looked like the marshes from Lord of the Rings

Lord Of The Rings Mist

  Finally we reached the Enchanting Jog falls. There are a couple of places Jog falls can be viewed from. However the best of them all is the Inspection bungalow. We got a guy who said he will take us there and give a pretty good view of the falls. He Actually made us lie at the edge of the cliff and look down . Something anyone could do there without the guide but probably wouldn't dare. It was worth it though. It looked mesmerizing .

Jog Water Fall

Jog Waterfall

Jog Falls

Then it suddenly got misty and hardly anything could be seen.
And after sometime the mist cleared off as well. It was quite an experience to see one of the largest waterfalls vanish in its own mist. 

Mist In Jog Falls

Jog Falls is a must visit for everyone.

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