Arundhati Raja exemplifies variety. She has juggled performances on the Bangalore stage from 1977, with a career in teaching French, Biology and Drama, and the launch of Artistes’ Repertory Theatre in 1982. She continues to skilfully balance acting, training and direction. She conducts workshops in Drama for all ages and from disparate socio-economic backgrounds, and has directed over 30 major productions as Artistic Director of ART and Jagriti.
Jagdish Raja is a graduate member of the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Society (M.CAM) London, and has worked in India, Europe and the US. He has also devised, written, directed and presented programmes for radio, TV and corporate and promotional video capsules. He is a sought-after narrator and can be heard at the Nehru Planetarium.
Jagdish has acted in and directed many plays for ART and other theatre companies in the city. His film credits include parts in The Jewel in the Crown for Granada Television and David Lean’s A Passage to India.
Both Arundhati and Jagdish have worked with individuals and groups in India’s English language theatre space, and abroad. Their shared focus is collaboration through community; a vision that has given birth to Jagriti.