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EVER heard of a genre of theatre called golf comedy? Don't worry. I hadn't, either, until theatre veteran Chippy Gangjee sprung it on me. The Karnataka Golf Association wanted to do "something different" for its members and asked award-winning playwright Poile Sengupta to "write a 45-minute play on golf that is completely riotous". She came up with "Sliced Balls" after doing tons of research on the subject (of golf, let me add, in case you were thinking differently). Poile, who had grown up on Wodehouse's golfing yarns, discovered that the modern game was not just about irons and niblicks. Chippy who's directing (his 100th performance, incidentally), says the cast includes "some veteran actors who know nothing about golf and some golfers who know nothing about acting". We hope he's joking. Venue: # 1, Golf Avenue, (off Airport Road). Outdoors, late evening, November 29. If you're not a KGA member, latch on to a friend who is.
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THE multi-faceted and prolific writer Kota Shivarama Karanth's birth centenary will be celebrated with a two-day seminar organised by Sahitya Akademi and Bangalore University's Prasaranga.
Several literary figures such as G.S. Shivarudrappa, S.L. Byrappa and Prasanna will take part in the discussions, which will largely focus on Karanth's novels and plays.
The Akademi has come out with a new and fuller English translation, by Padma Ramachandra Sharma, of his 1941 classic Marali Mannigé.
(The earlier translation, in 1965, was an abridged version.)
Titled "Return to earth", the book will be released at the inaugural.
November 28 and 29, Senate Hall, Central College.
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A WEEKLONG Water Festival begins at Max Mueller Bhavan on November 29 at 6 p.m. There's hardly anything festive about it, though.
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