The Ranga Shankara Cafe

Sipping hot coffee in the company of Bertolt Brecht, tea with Oscar Wilde, or sabudana vada with Chetan Bhagat – Ranga Shankara cafe has it all.

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A much needed shot in the veins for theatre in Bengaluru, Ranga Shankara’s opening in 2004 was greeted with whoops of joy by folk for whom the Times Theatre Festival and similar events had become a dim memory. Now thanks to this theatre hub, started by Arundati Nag and Sanket (the troupe started by Shankar Nag) in 2004, Bengalurians have been audience to such fantastic performances as Karnad’s Nagamandala, and Heap of Broken Images, Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone by Evam, A-HA children’s theatre fests by international troupes from Europe, to name a few.

This beautiful space in south Bengaluru, designed to reflect the Indian cultural ethos and drama, houses a book store where you can pick up Indian (English and Kannada authors) and international writers in print. It also houses a cafe where you can plonk with your finds, browse books or minds, with some comfort food. It originally served up coffee, tea and bajjis (fritters) from what I can remember from my first visit – but now the menu includes 10 different kinds of sandwiches, two kinds of biryani, quite a few snacks and the usual coffee, tea, hot chocolate – all at very reasonable prices. So it’s a good place to grab a lunch or anything in between. And of course, a beat atmosphere comes with the menu. You can’t beat that.

The ¬†Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival ’10 is on right now. So catch Deluxe Hair Cutting Saloon performed by Mashaal, Rizwaan by Indian ensemble, One Small Step by Evam/ British Council/ Oxford Playhouse, Naa Tukaram Alla by Sanket among others. See the full fest schedule here.

Ranga Shankara, 36/2 8th Cross, II Phase, J P Nagar, Bangalore 560 078
Website: www.rangashankara.org
Phone numbers: +91-80-26592777, +91-80-26493982

Some pictures of the cafe.

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milk cans and flowersThis is my fave idea from the cafe!

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The largest urli I’ve ever seen… at the entrance to the theatre

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7 Responses to “The Ranga Shankara Cafe”

  1. Kamakshi says:

    Hi Anu,

    Enjoyed reading this post.Even I liked the milk cans decorated with flowers.Do you live in Bangalore currently?I am yearning to go and see a play myself.

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  2. Anu says:

    Hi Kamakshi, I live in Bangalore. It’s been a year since I saw a play at Ranga Shankara myself!

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  3. Veena says:

    Anu I am a Bangalorean. I live in United States currently. It was great to see you post about the cafe. I also saw you had asked me for a mail id for the blog carnival. Did you mean for the key bunch?

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  4. Anu says:

    Hi Veena, nice to talk to ya :). I’d asked for the ID to let you know about a blog carnival on this blog – the salt and peppa one… do join if you can!

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  5. Veena says:

    I would love to join in Anu. My Email is veena_jhanak@yahoo.com.

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  6. Dipti says:

    I loved reading this post. Loved the arty feel of it…

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  7. Anu says:

    Hey Dipti, :).. every time I read about the schedule at RS, I feel like going and seeing a play right away!

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