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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Act One

Forum-Three is a 'Group Theatre' theatre group, based in Bangalore, India. For those who came in late, Group Theatre is what "Little Magazine" means to experimental literature. Lost again? So are we. But, well, Group Theatre is not-for-profit, yet professionally managed, passion-driven, politically incorrect, in-your-face theatre.

Forum-Three. We inherited that name some years ago from a fraternity of theatre enthusiasts of this city who thought theirs was a Third World Theatre Forum and as such thought Forum-Three should be such a clever and profound label. This bunch quickly retired. They had to. Political theatre wasn't in fashion any longer.

We, the newer lot, started with a new mantra. (But were stuck with the old name). We would do vernacular plays rendered in English. We were just a handful of us then. Ranjon (Ghoshal), Sangeeta (Ghoshal, again), Utkal (Mohanty), Sudarshan (Krishnaswamy), Srinivas (TB), Chandru (later known as Sihikahi Chandru), Kumar (Banerjee), (Late) Aloke Bhowal, Pinky (Saumitraa), Subhash (Chakraborty) and a few others.

But not many translations of vernacular plays were available those days. We found Girish Karnad's Hayavadana extremely doable. And became the first group to stage the play in English for the Bangalore audience.

Not counting two Becketts and a workshop on Bertolt Brecht, we continued with Indian plays with a single-minded devotion. And perhaps not so surprisingly, many of our play scripts have happened because of our own in-house translation efforts. Almost all of them are now available in print.

Forum-Three Repertoire:

In our cache of plays, now we have the following, for-here and ready-to-go:

· The Orchard of Banchharam (from Manoj Mitra's Sajano Bagaan),

· Mareech – The Legend (from Arun Mukhopadhyay's Mareech Samvad),

· An Audience With The King (from Manoj Mitra's Raj-darshan),

· The True Story of a Half Man (from Arun Mukhopadhyay's Jagannath),

· The Other Side of History (From Badal Sircar's Baki Itihas) and

· Hayavadana(from Girish Karnad's play by the same name).

We aren't into street plays yet. We still need a stage, an elaborate lighting grid and an acoustically engineered hall to perform our plays. And yes, we need an audience too.

Back home in Bangalore, we frequently hold theatre workshops, play-readings and an open forum for experimental Spoken Words and acoustic music.

Talk to us today if what we do interests you.

Contact us at:

Forum Three
19, 5th Main Road,
Jayamahal Extension,
Bangalore - 560046
Phone: 2354-5002 Fax: 2354-5004
Contact Ranjon Ghoshal: +91 98451-51317