Rangbhoomi Areas in Hyderabad set to have a good time its third anniversary in

Actors of the play ‘Bombay Tailors’ throughout a rehearsal session in progress at Rangbhoomi Areas in Gachibowli.
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“The countdown has begun,” exclaims theatre actor and director Jay Jha, referring to the month of festivities in December. He’s set to marry fellow theatre character Preksha Trivedi on December 8 and his dream enterprise, Rangbhoomi Areas in Hyderabad completes three years subsequent month. As one of many administrators of Rangbhoomi — the opposite two being Sanjeev Acharya and Prashant Singh — Jai says, “It’s a sacred and a holy area for theatre, arts, music and dance lovers. The stage doesn’t ask an individual’s caste, cash or fame. Everyone seems to be welcome right here.” Whereas he’s concerned with the artistic and inventive elements of Rangbhoomi, his crew, Preksha and Kajol Dubey, maintain the enterprise and content material; theatre group Storyboard Productions supplies the technical help for sound and lighting.

Preksha Trivedi (L)and Kajol Dubey

Preksha Trivedi (L)and Kajol Dubey
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Platform to showcase various skills
“The area is a artistic haven; it has offered a safe platform for the area people to showcase various skills,” says Preksha Trivedi, the chief finance officer. She provides, “It’s heartening to witness the evolution of theatre inside the confines of Rangbhoomi. From internet hosting only one or two music reveals a month, to presenting seven reveals a month, we’ve grown exponentially.”
She hopes to broaden and improve the general expertise . “The area is poised to develop larger and higher, welcoming a various array of teams and artwork varieties. It has been a outstanding journey, and I’m enthusiastic about its continued progress within the vibrant inventive panorama of Hyderabad.”

For a seamless expertise
Kajol Dubey relocated from Delhi to Hyderabad when she bought to know ‘her expensive mates had been embarking on a brand new enterprise’ on the earth of theatre. Working as government producer within the crew since January 2021, she ensures the area hosts various reveals and supplies seamless experiences for companions and performing teams. “My major duty revolves round meticulously curating and overseeing the programming of all reveals and creating an atmosphere the place inventive expression prospers effortlessly,” she says.
She hopes the area is an integral a part of an thrilling chapter in Hyderabad’s theatrical journey. “We’re captivated with contributing to the colourful cultural tapestry that the town is but to totally expertise.”

Ups and down

Rangbhoomi Spaces in Gachibowli

Rangbhoomi Areas in Gachibowli
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Rangbhoomi opened its doorways to the viewers on December 20, 2020, with the play Ismat Ek Aurat introduced by Sutradhar. The 35-year-old, additionally the founding father of KissaGo theatre, wears many hats and dabbles in several mediums, theatre, movies and commercials, together with the Meesho industrial with Rashmika Mandanna. He give up his job at Deloitte to begin Rangbhoomi, rejoined the identical firm to work for 2 years however lastly give up the job this January.

Jay Jha

Jay Jha
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Nervous in regards to the sound and viewing expertise of the inaugural present, Jai recollects wiping joyful tears when it ended. “Rangbhoomi’s journey is just like the crests and troughs of life,” he says. The concept, Jai says, germinated from ‘everyone’s favorite’, Lamakaan in Banjara Hills, the place the noise from environment disturbed performers. that led to the creation of Rangbhoomi Areas.

Nevertheless, 2020 being pandemic-hit was not a super time to launch a venue for performing arts; so it led to monetary hardships as a consequence of loans.

Regular rise

The town’s growth within the west led to this cultural area — with its 140-seater stage and a small canteen — attracting cultural teams within the metropolis and throughout the nation, in addition to the viewers. “The road-ups are thrilling and our ticketed weekend reveals are full; we’ve music, dance and theatre reveals in Telugu, English and Hindi,” enthuses Jai.

The venue buzzes on weekend, but, some challenges stay. There’s a gaping hole between earnings and expenditure and Jai causes it is because they cost the identical quantity from taking part troupes since its inception. “The expenditure with lease, employees salaries and upkeep exceeds our earnings right here however we nonetheless proceed as a result of we wish this area to be energetic, a house for performing arts.”

Additionally, sharing premises with Hyderama Cafe and Bar on a busy predominant highway poses a problem in parking right here. Jai provides, “We don’t have state-of-the- artwork infrastructure; our tools can not match the expectation of troupes from different cities.”

Pathway to the cultural space

Pathway to the cultural area
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His mates and companions help him financially and he does theatre workshops too to shore up revenues. “I put no matter I earn, right here , so assist it survive. I hope sometime, someplace any individual will give this a hand as a result of artwork can not survive by itself.” If that doesn’t occur in 2024, (the lease ends in a single yr), the crew has to discover a new area that may be a ‘little cheaper, properly related and near Nature.’ “Nothing stops us from dreaming. Koshish jaari hai, josh bana rahe (efforts are on, enthusiasm ought to maintain).”

Jay Jha
Preksha Trivedi
KissaGo Theatre

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