Theatre News

April, 2015

Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide announce the second edition of eNatya Shodh

Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide collaborated in 2014 to launch eNatya Shodh, an online one-act play competition with the aim to take one-act plays to a larger audience. This is their second year together and the competition for 2015 is now open to receive entries.

Every year, a number of one-act plays are staged but they don't reach large audiences. They are not widely staged in multiple locations unlike the commercial theatre productions and full length plays.

With the idea to take one-act plays to a wider audience, Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide came together to organise an online, one-act play competition. The plays will be judged anonymously by an adjudication panel and the winning plays will be awarded, promoted and streamed online.

Participation is open to all and Entry is Free.

The best plays will receive cash prizes and will also have a ticketed show event for their plays. That's not all. From the day of the final presentation of awards till the three finalists are viewed online by the viewers, the revenue generated by the channel will be shared 50:50 with the three finalists.

To participate and know more about the competition, visit http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/enatyashodh - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/15/mar/news-astitva-and-mumbai-theatre-guide-announce-the-second-edition-of-enatya-shodh.asp#sthash.W2arqd1A.dpuf

Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide collaborated in 2014 to launch eNatya Shodh, an online one-act play competition with the aim to take one-act plays to a larger audience. This is their second year together and the competition for 2015 is now open to receive entries.

Every year, a number of one-act plays are staged but they don't reach large audiences. They are not widely staged in multiple locations unlike the commercial theatre productions and full length plays.

With the idea to take one-act plays to a wider audience, Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide came together to organise an online, one-act play competition. The plays will be judged anonymously by an adjudication panel and the winning plays will be awarded, promoted and streamed online.

Participation is open to all and Entry is Free.

The best plays will receive cash prizes and will also have a ticketed show event for their plays. That's not all. From the day of the final presentation of awards till the three finalists are viewed online by the viewers, the revenue generated by the channel will be shared 50:50 with the three finalists.

To participate and know more about the competition, visit http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/enatyashodh

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) announces its Arts Research Programme



IFA's Arts Research Programme supports scholars, researchers and practitioners to undertake research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices in India. It seeks to foster wider perspectives, understandings, interpretations and engagements in the arts.

Proposals are invited across the arts and humanities from researchers and practitioners who are interested in undertaking research projects that could investigate marginalised or relatively unexplored areas; who intend to create spaces for dialogue between theory and practice; who offer new readings/frameworks of artistic practices; and who use interdisciplinary approaches to break new conceptual ground, among other things.

IFA specifically encourages projects in Indian languages other than English, so as to contribute to discourse in particular language contexts

Research projects should have clear research objectives, in-depth background survey, critical research questions, rigorous methodologies and specific outcomes that will be shared in the public domain. The outcomes could be books, essays, films, etc.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to proposals from scholars, researchers and practitioners across disciplines.

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been resident in India for at least five years.

If you are applying on behalf of an institution, please include background information on the organisation as well as the memorandum of association/trust deed, annual reports, and audited statements of accounts for the past three years.

Please address your application and all other communications to:

Tanveer Ajsi
Programme Executive, Arts Research
India Foundation for the Arts,
'Apurva' Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,
Raj Mahal Vilas 2nd Stage, 2nd Block,
Bangalore-560 094.
Phone: 080-2341 4681 / 82


Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide announce the second edition of eNatya Shodh - an online, one-act play competition...Entries open... - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/15/mar/news-astitva-and-mumbai-theatre-guide-announce-the-second-edition-of-enatya-shodh.asp#sthash.W2arqd1A.dpuf
Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide announce the second edition of eNatya Shodh - an online, one-act play competition...Entries open... - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/15/mar/news-astitva-and-mumbai-theatre-guide-announce-the-second-edition-of-enatya-shodh.asp#sthash.W2arqd1A.dpuf

March, 2015

A Plea by Crow Theatre



Prashant Prakash and Nayantara Kotian are setting up a new company called Crow, dedicated to creating site-specific, immersive theatre work here. A show they are currently working on is The Bliss of Solitude, a sci-fi immersive piece set in a dystopian future a few hundred years from now. Nayantara had performed this as a 20 minute one-man show in London last year and they are now working on redeveloping it into a full-length piece.

They've got a crowd-funding campaign going for this production and are looking to raise 5 lakhs which we need to do by April 10th. To help them out:

Here's the link to the campaign page: https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/the-bliss-of-solitude/


University of Mumbai Theatre Festival:





The India Theatre Programme

The Drama School, Mumbai have launched the India Theatre Programme: a month-long residential programme designed to help participants use the ancient wisdom of theatrical practice in India, to find their own performative truth, take their performance to the next level irrespective of the genre in which they perform, and to create their own contemporary pieces of performance.
Apply for it now and do help us spread the word!

More details here.



In other news
Do you feel as strongly as us about the need for dialogue amongst young adults regarding gender and identity?
Come watch 
Keep Calm and #ashtag, the first production by the Young People's Theatre Programme - an initiative by our parent company, Theatre Professionals, with drama education at its core. The play explores how gender is constructed and reinforced in real and virtual public spaces.

One performance ONLY on 
Saturday 14th March 2015 

Venue:
Purandare Hall, 5th floor
Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, 
Charni Road 
(3 min walk from the station)

Come with your child, niece, nephew - anyone over the age of 14 and partake in dialogue that is the need of the hour today.
 

February, 2015

Abhinaya National Theatre Festival Invites Entries

The Abhinaya Theatre Trust cordially invites applications from theatre groups of various languages to participate in the 10th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival in the month of August 2015 at Hyderabad and in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Plays of an experimental nature are most preferable. The interested parties are requested to send full details of their entries in the form of video CD or DVD along with synopsis of the play on or before 28th February 2015 to the following address:

Abhinaya Srinivas, Post Box No: 7, #6-1-747/1, Khairatabad, Hyderabad- 500004, Telengana, India

Email: abhinayamonthly@gmail.com

Phone No: 0939111622

The results of the selected plays will be communicated to the concerned applicant/s in the month of March 2015. Food and accommodation will be provided free of cost. Remuneration to the selected plays will be paid on the day of performance only.


 
October, 2014



Maya, The Musical, is a partnership between Teach For India Students and artists on Broadway. The Director Nick Dalton, from Broadway, has been involved in projects such as Hairspray and Legally Blonde, and the music and voice is being managed by Mary Mitchell Campbell, also a Broadway acclaimed music director. 



The Musical is an original script, with Broadway composed music, and tells the story of Princess Maya’s journey. Tasked to bring light back into her Kingdom, Maya and her friends use the values of courage, compassion and wisdom to lift three great curses that have been cast on the world. The musical is a magical adventure of the South Indian dragoness Kutti, the talking peacock Indigo, the mystical spinning Zara and the nine-headed snake Ska.



Maya, however, is much more than the promise of a spectacular show, to open on October 31st 2014. It is a demonstration of what’s possible for low-income children with no previous exposure to the arts. It is a symbol of the kind of education all children deserve – one that integrates academics, values and mindsets, and exposure and access. The Maya journey takes 90 children on a life-changing journey of self-discovery where they, like Maya, literally embark on a journey of discovering their values and their brightest light.



To book passes: email maya@teachforindia.org






September, 2014

Kalaimamani Kannappa Thambiran 11th year Memorial Theatre Festival - 2014 

Greetings from Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Therukoothu Manram. Last year the Kalaimamani Kannappa Thambiran 10th Memorial Theatre Festival was a grand success with your support.


As you know in spite of various hurdles the festival has been conducted successfully for the past 10 years. Audience from India and all over the world attended the festival last year and appreciated the art form and performances.  Our Manram is very appreciative of your financial support for the festival, which made it possible. This year again we are planning to organize the festival on October 4th and 5th 2014.



As a Saviour of art forms late Kannappa Thambiran dedicated his life to save the therukoothu form of Theatre by experimenting and incorporating modern views to the traditional form. Realising that therukoothu is not a single art form but a part of various folk arts, he interacted with the artists of other forms of art and introduced new techniques with the changing technology in entertainment, he realised the importance for improvising the art for modern social requirements and lifestyle. He introduced new literature in therukoothu. As a tribute to him we continue to introduce other South Indian art forms in Purisai Village.

Our program this year tentatively is as follows:
On 4th October 2014
Kalaimamani Kannappa Thambiran Lifetime Achievement Award
Folk Music by Vaigarai Kalai Kuzhu, Thiruvannamalai
Aerial Acrobat, Thudumbu by Purisai Kannappa Thambiran Therukoothu Training School students
Folk Dance (Thappattam) by Pesum Parai Kalai Kuzhu
Magic Lantern’s Kalkiyin “Ponniyin  Selvan” – Tamil Play

On 5th October 2014
Martial Arts by Purisai Kannappa Thambiran Therukoothu Training School students
Seraikella Chhau dance
Brindhavana Kolkaliaattam from Madurai
Vanjiyar Kaandam - Tamil Play
“Aravaan Kalabali” Therukoothu by Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Therukoothu Manram

We require your generosity for keeping this tradition alive. We seek your financial support for running this festival. Cheques or Draft may kindly be sent in the name of “Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Therukoothu Manram”. We shall be ever grateful for your contribution to this cause of traditional theatre arts. We are very happy to invite you for the festival.

Thanking you

With Best Wishes

M.Palani
Joint Secretary
Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Therukoothu Manram

Registered Office:
No.4, 5th Anna Street
M.G.R.Nagar, K.K.Nagar P.O
Chennai – 600 078

Contact Nos.
Palani -  +919566171624
P.K.Sambandan - +919486171771
K.Kasi - +919444732783



August, 2014


India Theatre Forum announces SMART
Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre
A capacity building programme for theatre makers



Have you ever felt that you could do the most amazing things in theatre?

That you had all these brilliant ideas and energy and ability, BUT
there were always things pulling you back –– not enough funds, not enough audience, not enough time from your group … and the list goes on …..

Then SMART is for you … Make your theatre dreams come true!



Why SMART?
As a theatre group or organisation, we have a vision and dreams, passion and commitment. All we sometimes need is the knowhow to create a practical roadmap that will help us realise our dreams– a roadmap that optimizes strengths and helps overcome constraints. That roadmap is called a Strategic Plan. It can help make the theatre group or organisation more sustainable, effective, financially viable and capable of giving shape to big creative dreams. SMART will equip you to build your own roadmap – a practical, achievable plan that is connected to your reality, but not constrained by it. 

What is special about SMART? 
SMART builds on the experience and knowledge within the theatre community, while also drawing upon knowledge from outside to add strength and value to our theatre-making work. It is the first course especially tailored for the needs of theatre in India.

Who can apply to SMART? 
Theatre groups and organisations. 

For more information on SMART- please visit




For Course Queries, please contact 
Ashish Mehta
ashish@theatreforum.in 

For Media queries, please contact our Media Consultant
Kajal Gadhia Budhbhatti
+91 98202 96123
kajal.smartindia@gmail.com, kajal@mindworkz.in

SMART is
Conceptualised and implemented by: India Theatre Forum
Managed by: Junoon& India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) 
Supported by: Goethe Institut, IL&FS, Bajaj Group


July, 2014






April, 2014

The Drama School, Mumbai is happy to announce the admissions for their One Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre Making for the Batch 2014-15.



The Drama School, Mumbai (DSM) embarks on the second year’s task: to run a further evolved version of its inaugural course, the One-Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre Making, under the guidance of faculty/advisors::




·  Jehan Manekshaw (MFA in Theatre Direction, University of London)

·  Geetanjali Kulkarni (Acting Graduate from the National School of Drama)

·  Yuki Ellias (Training from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and pedagogical training from LISPA)

·  Mahesh Dattani (Eminent Playwright and Director, Sahitya Akademi Award Winner)

·  Deepal Doshi (MFA Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre)

·  and many others from across India and abroad.


The One year certificate course is a highly intensive programme of work focused around acting, theatre making, and production, designed to set a strong foundation for those seeking to pursue a career in acting, theatre , film and all allied art forms.

Please look at the e-flyer for details of the course that we offer and more.



All School and Course Details, Application Instructions and information about Fees and Scholarships are available at:  


Come meet us and find out more about the course:
Mumbai: Saturday, 5th April | 5pm to 8pm | Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaum, Mumbai.

Bangalore: 9th April | 5pm to 8pm | Atta Galatta | 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore, India 560095

Delhi: 10th April | 5pm to 7.30pm | Gati Dance Studio, New Delhi 110017
           11th April | 5pm to 8pm | The Attic, New Delhi 110001  

Pune: 12th April | 11.30am to 2.30pm | Sudarshan Kalamanch, Sadashiv Peth, Pune
          12th April | 5pm to 8pm | Artsphere, 
North Court, Road Number 13, Jogger's Park, Nilanjali Housing Colony, Kalyani Nagar, Pune


Application Deadline: 30th April.
Interviews and Auditions: 5th May to 28th May.
School Opens On: 30th June 

For Applications & Inquiries:
Priti Bakalkar
Programme Head
+91 9619336336
info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in
 


March, 2014


he 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2014...Inviting entries - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/14/mar/05-the-9th-abhinaya-national-theatre-festival-2014-inviting-entries.asp#sthash.ayQz9HEz.dpuf
The 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2014...Inviting entries
The 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2014...Inviting entries...
March 5, 2014 15:06:12 IST
MTG editorial


The Abhinaya Theatre Trust cordially invites applications from theatre groups of various languages to participate in the 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival - 2014 at Hyderabad and in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Plays of an experimental nature are most preferable. The interested parties are requested to send full details of their entries in the form of video CD or DVD along with synopsis of the play on or before April 30,2014 to the following address:

Abhinaya Srinivas, Post Box No: 7, #6-1-747/1, Khairatabad, Hyderabad- 500004, A.P.

Email: abhinayamonthly@gmail.com

Phone No: 0939111622, 09059276428.
- See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/14/mar/05-the-9th-abhinaya-national-theatre-festival-2014-inviting-entries.asp#sthash.ayQz9HEz.dpufThe 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2014...Inviting entries...

The Abhinaya Theatre Trust cordially invites applications from theatre groups of various languages to participate in the 9th Abhinaya National Theatre Festival - 2014 at Hyderabad and in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Plays of an experimental nature are most preferable. The interested parties are requested to send full details of their entries in the form of video CD or DVD along with synopsis of the play on or before April 30,2014 to the following address:

Abhinaya Srinivas, Post Box No: 7, #6-1-747/1, Khairatabad, Hyderabad- 500004, A.P.

Email: abhinayamonthly@gmail.com
Phone No: 0939111622, 09059276428. 


META Awards 2014
Celebrating excellence in theatre and stage craft, the Mahindra Group proudly presents the ninth edition of META: The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, 4th to 9th March 2014.


For the full details, schedule and tickets, CLICK HERE


February, 2014


Every year, the nine day Kala Ghoda Arts Festival takes place from the first Saturday in February till the next Sunday. The dates for this year's festival are February 1 to February 9, 2014. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, now in its 16th year, is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.

It is open to all, free of charge.

It has traditionally offered various programmes in Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Street Acts, Heritage Walks, Literature and Workshops for children as well as adults

The Festival has grown exponentially, and is hugely successful, drawing over 150,000 people from all over the city to 350 events over 9 days. Tourists from all over the world plan their trip to Mumbai to witness the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Funds raised from the festival go towards the restoration and upkeep of the area. Several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this.

To know more about the festival and all the events visit http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/ - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/14/jan/22-the-kala-ghoda-arts-festival-2014.asp#sthash.1jmb6h6q.dpuf
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back!! The dates for this year's festival are February 1 to February 9, 2014. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, now in its 16th year, is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.

It is open to all, free of charge.

It has traditionally offered various programmes in Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Street Acts, Heritage Walks, Literature and Workshops for children as well as adults

The Festival has grown exponentially, and is hugely successful, drawing over 150,000 people from all over the city to 350 events over 9 days. Tourists from all over the world plan their trip to Mumbai to witness the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Funds raised from the festival go towards the restoration and upkeep of the area. Several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this.

To know more about the festival and all the events visit http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com


Khula Manch by Yatri Theatre


Yatri's 'Khula Manch' (Open Stage) is an initiative to promote new ideas and talent in Hindi theatre.

Om Katare's theatre group Yatri has consistently endeavoured, since inception, to produce thought-provoking, socially-relevant plays.

At 'Khula Manch' on the last Friday of every month, Yatri will invite aspiring playwrights, performers, and theatre groups to perform before an audience.

Venue: Western Railway Social Welfare Centre, W. Rly.Colony, behind Vaibhav Hotel , Andheri (East) Mumbai

'Khula Manch's' inaugural event will be held on March 21 2014. Come, become a part of this creative movement.

If you wish to be a part of this initiative, please call 9820049654 (Ms Paromita Chatterjee) or 9321027102 (Mr Ashoke K Sharma) or send email to yatritheatre@gmail.com or omkatare54@live.com - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/14/jan/22-yatri-announces-the-launch-of-khula-manch.asp#sthash.TlPJLChG.dpuf
Yatri's 'Khula Manch'  is an initiative to promote new ideas and talent in Hindi theatre.

Om Katare's theatre group Yatri has consistently endeavoured, since inception, to produce thought-provoking, socially-relevant plays.

At 'Khula Manch' on the last Friday of every month, Yatri will invite aspiring playwrights, performers, and theatre groups to perform before an audience.

Venue: Western Railway Social Welfare Centre, W. Rly.Colony, behind Vaibhav Hotel , Andheri (East) Mumbai 

'Khula Manch's' inaugural event will be held on March 21 2014. Come, become a part of this creative movement. 
If you wish to be a part of this initiative, please call 9820049654 (Ms Paromita Chatterjee) or 9321027102 (Mr Ashoke K Sharma) or send email to yatritheatre@gmail.com or omkatare54@live.com

January, 2014



Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards announces META 2014:  
To recognize and reward the best in Indian theatre, The Mahindra and Mahindra group is proud to present META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) for the Seventh consecutive year. The only award of its kind, META is designed to showcase the best in theatre being produced in India.

The objective of META is to encourage all aspects of theatre craft such as playwriting, set, costume and light design, direction and performance. TheMahindra Excellence In Theatre Awards has been instituted by the Mahindra Group, in continuation of their commitment to promoting theatre.



  Log on to www.metawards.com for further details and you may submit online your entry at  http://www.metawards.com/submission_form/




KELI INDIGENOUS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2014




December, 2013


Sabira Merchant to receive Thespo 15 Lifetime Achievement Award
Sabira Merchant

Thespo 15 culminates on the 15th of December with an Awards Ceremony, where statuettes are handed out for excellence in Acting, Direction, Production Design, and Writing, as well as overall Play. But the special award of the evening is the Lifetime Achievement Award which is being presented to Sabira Merchant this year. Says Alyque Padamsee, President of Theatre Group Bombay, who founded Thespo, “Sabira Merchant has spent her entire life in theatre. She is one of the best known actresses of the city’s stage. Although many know her for her work training Miss Indias, or even the television show of the eighties What’s The Good Word, it all stemmed from her firm grounding in theatre. And she has always remained a regular fixture in Bombay’s theatre productions. Theatre Group is overjoyed to present her with the Thespo for Lifetime Achievement.

November, 2013

Fromm Reform and Refinement to Profit and Profligacy: The Professionalization, Democratization and Expansion of the Parsi Theatre- Rashna Darius Nicholson- 11th Nov 2013
This lecture will be presented on
 Mr. K R CAMA’S 183rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
The Parsi Theatre that emerged in 1853 as a gentile pursuit for a growing Indian middle class grew in forty short years into the subcontinent’s primary form of visual entertainment. This lecture traces the Theatre’s development in the second quarter of the 19th century: from its roots as amateur, reformist theatricals for the Parsis of Bombay down to its expansion as a pan-Asian, profit-making enterprise marked by Dādābhāi Sorābjī Pael’s decision in 1871 to produce the first Urdu play of the Parsi stage, Sũnānā Mulnī Khurśed and subsequently to tour South Asia beginning with the kingdom of Hyderabad. The resulting modifications in language, the conveyance of wider mythological fare, the decline and subsequent disappearance of the reformatory role of the theatre and the introduction of professional actors and ‘Mohammedan women’ on the stage triggered outrage within the Parsi community, altered audiences and contributed to the changing landscape of the rapidly developing metropolis of Bombay.


 Rashna Darius Nicholson is a doctoral candidate at the Theatre Studies Department at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her research focus is the development of the Parsi Theatre in Bombay from 1850 to 1970.


October, 2013

GOING SOLO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2013

Going Solo is bringing internationally-acclaimed solo theatre to India for the very first time.  We hit the ground running in October 2013 with performances by two of the world’s most renowned solo artists, Pip Utton and Jailoshini Naidoo. 

The performance in Bombay are from 19-21st November at the Sophia Auditorium.

 

September, 2013

Watch plays from different cities in India...'Theatre in Motion' begins this October...A travelling theatre with a difference...
September 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM IST
MTG editorial


THEATRE IN MOTIONAt first glance, it seems an ambitious project but for theatre personality Anant Mahapatra from Odisha (Orissa), it is an adventure, rare in our times. In 1997, he set up the Utkal Rangmanch Trust (URT). URT popularized and encouraged professional theatre in Odisha and staged plays on a weekly basis. In 2005, its "Women Directors Special Festival' presented plays from SAARC countries. Now, URT in collaboration with Sanket Communications has come up with a big plan to organize plays in different cities in India. Its venture 'Theatre in Motion' will begin on October 5, 2013.

'Theatre in Motion' proposes to hold regular, ticketed shows at the three major metro cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The groups from each of these cities will travel to other cities to stage their plays every weekend on a rotational basis. In order to galvanise the movement, well-known groups, working in Hindi, Bengali and English theatre from the three cities have been invited to perform in the first round. At a later stage, other emerging talent will also be given the opportunity to participate and the plays will also be performed in other cities across India.

Participating theatre directors from Mumbai in this first round include Lillete Dubey (30 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER), Om Katare (HADH KAR DI AAPNE, CHNTA CHHOD CHINTAMANI), Nadira Zaheer Babbar (SAKU BAI, DAYASHANKAR KI DIARY, YAAR BANA BUDDY, YEH HAI BOMBAY MERI JAAN), Rahul Da Cuhna and other directors (ONE ON ONE), Rajit Kapur (MAHUA), Shivani Tibrewala (OLD MAN AND THE SEA).

There are quite a few directors from Kolkata and Delhi too and some of them are Usha Ganguli (CHANDALIKA), Sumanto Gangopadhyaya (AJANTOBAS), M Sayeed Alam (GHALIB IN NEW DELHI), KS Rajendran (AURANGZEB), Arvind Gaur (COURT MARTIAL).

Mumbai audiences will watch plays from Delhi and Kolkata and these will be performed at the Veer Savarkar auditorium at Shivaji Park.

To know more about 'Theatre in Motion', and the schedule of plays in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, visit http://www.theatreinmotion.in/
- See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/13/sep/04-theatre-in-motion-begins-this-october-a-travelling-theatre-with-a-difference.asp#sthash.ZeCDsVUl.dpuf
Watch plays from different cities in India.'Theatre in Motion' begins this October. A ravelling theatre with a difference.
 
A rare adventure in theatre is here to soon engulf the entire nation....A never before movement to make theatre an everyday entertainment for people across the country....A professionally managed operation tying up venues, theatre groups, sponsors and audiences so that every city gets to see the best of theatre from other cities across the country. And all this is being done by Utkal Rangamanch Trust.

Utkal Rangamanch Trust was the brainchild of Anant Mahapatra, a renowned theatre personality of Odisha, and was set up in 1997. The trust was established to give a fillip to professional theatre in Odisha after the old theatre companies of the early fifties closed down in the seventies.

URT made conscientious efforts to popularise theatre and staged plays on a weekly basis. Beginning in May 1999, URT went on to produce more than 20 plays which had been staged for 500 nights by 2006. It also organized theatre festivals every year with groups from outside Odisha taking part. The ‘Women Directors Special Festival 2005’ in particular needs a special mention as many plays from SAARC countries were staged for one week at a stretch.

URT now has an ambitious plan to organize plays in different cities of India, under the aegis of Theatre In Motion, with organisational support of Sanket Communications, a leading communications agency of the country. The curtain will go up on 5th October 2013.

Theatre in motion proposes to integrate the Indian theatre fraternity and hold regular ticketed shows at three major metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The groups from each of these cities will travel to the other and stage plays every weekend on rotation.

Initially, well known groups from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata will be invited to perform to galvanise the movement. At a later stage, good and emerging talent too will be given a chance to join in. And to make this a pan India Theatre Scene, in future, we intend to take it to audiences in other important cities of the country like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Guwahati and more.

To know more about 'Theatre in Motion', and the schedule of plays in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, visit http://www.theatreinmotion.in/

Watch plays from different cities in India...'Theatre in Motion' begins this October...A travelling theatre with a difference...
September 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM IST
MTG editorial


THEATRE IN MOTIONAt first glance, it seems an ambitious project but for theatre personality Anant Mahapatra from Odisha (Orissa), it is an adventure, rare in our times. In 1997, he set up the Utkal Rangmanch Trust (URT). URT popularized and encouraged professional theatre in Odisha and staged plays on a weekly basis. In 2005, its "Women Directors Special Festival' presented plays from SAARC countries. Now, URT in collaboration with Sanket Communications has come up with a big plan to organize plays in different cities in India. Its venture 'Theatre in Motion' will begin on October 5, 2013.

'Theatre in Motion' proposes to hold regular, ticketed shows at the three major metro cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The groups from each of these cities will travel to other cities to stage their plays every weekend on a rotational basis. In order to galvanise the movement, well-known groups, working in Hindi, Bengali and English theatre from the three cities have been invited to perform in the first round. At a later stage, other emerging talent will also be given the opportunity to participate and the plays will also be performed in other cities across India.

Participating theatre directors from Mumbai in this first round include Lillete Dubey (30 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER), Om Katare (HADH KAR DI AAPNE, CHNTA CHHOD CHINTAMANI), Nadira Zaheer Babbar (SAKU BAI, DAYASHANKAR KI DIARY, YAAR BANA BUDDY, YEH HAI BOMBAY MERI JAAN), Rahul Da Cuhna and other directors (ONE ON ONE), Rajit Kapur (MAHUA), Shivani Tibrewala (OLD MAN AND THE SEA).

There are quite a few directors from Kolkata and Delhi too and some of them are Usha Ganguli (CHANDALIKA), Sumanto Gangopadhyaya (AJANTOBAS), M Sayeed Alam (GHALIB IN NEW DELHI), KS Rajendran (AURANGZEB), Arvind Gaur (COURT MARTIAL).

Mumbai audiences will watch plays from Delhi and Kolkata and these will be performed at the Veer Savarkar auditorium at Shivaji Park.

To know more about 'Theatre in Motion', and the schedule of plays in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, visit http://www.theatreinmotion.in/
- See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/13/sep/04-theatre-in-motion-begins-this-october-a-travelling-theatre-with-a-difference.asp#sthash.ZeCDsVUl.dpuf
Watch plays from different cities in India...'Theatre in Motion' begins this October...A travelling theatre with a difference...
September 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM IST
MTG editorial


THEATRE IN MOTIONAt first glance, it seems an ambitious project but for theatre personality Anant Mahapatra from Odisha (Orissa), it is an adventure, rare in our times. In 1997, he set up the Utkal Rangmanch Trust (URT). URT popularized and encouraged professional theatre in Odisha and staged plays on a weekly basis. In 2005, its "Women Directors Special Festival' presented plays from SAARC countries. Now, URT in collaboration with Sanket Communications has come up with a big plan to organize plays in different cities in India. Its venture 'Theatre in Motion' will begin on October 5, 2013.

'Theatre in Motion' proposes to hold regular, ticketed shows at the three major metro cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The groups from each of these cities will travel to other cities to stage their plays every weekend on a rotational basis. In order to galvanise the movement, well-known groups, working in Hindi, Bengali and English theatre from the three cities have been invited to perform in the first round. At a later stage, other emerging talent will also be given the opportunity to participate and the plays will also be performed in other cities across India.

Participating theatre directors from Mumbai in this first round include Lillete Dubey (30 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER), Om Katare (HADH KAR DI AAPNE, CHNTA CHHOD CHINTAMANI), Nadira Zaheer Babbar (SAKU BAI, DAYASHANKAR KI DIARY, YAAR BANA BUDDY, YEH HAI BOMBAY MERI JAAN), Rahul Da Cuhna and other directors (ONE ON ONE), Rajit Kapur (MAHUA), Shivani Tibrewala (OLD MAN AND THE SEA).

There are quite a few directors from Kolkata and Delhi too and some of them are Usha Ganguli (CHANDALIKA), Sumanto Gangopadhyaya (AJANTOBAS), M Sayeed Alam (GHALIB IN NEW DELHI), KS Rajendran (AURANGZEB), Arvind Gaur (COURT MARTIAL).

Mumbai audiences will watch plays from Delhi and Kolkata and these will be performed at the Veer Savarkar auditorium at Shivaji Park.

To know more about 'Theatre in Motion', and the schedule of plays in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, visit http://www.theatreinmotion.in/
- See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/13/sep/04-theatre-in-motion-begins-this-october-a-travelling-theatre-with-a-difference.asp#sthash.ZeCDsVUl.dpuf
Watch plays from different cities in India...'Theatre in Motion' begins this October...A travelling theatre with a difference...
September 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM IST
MTG editorial


THEATRE IN MOTIONAt first glance, it seems an ambitious project but for theatre personality Anant Mahapatra from Odisha (Orissa), it is an adventure, rare in our times. In 1997, he set up the Utkal Rangmanch Trust (URT). URT popularized and encouraged professional theatre in Odisha and staged plays on a weekly basis. In 2005, its "Women Directors Special Festival' presented plays from SAARC countries. Now, URT in collaboration with Sanket Communications has come up with a big plan to organize plays in different cities in India. Its venture 'Theatre in Motion' will begin on October 5, 2013.

'Theatre in Motion' proposes to hold regular, ticketed shows at the three major metro cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The groups from each of these cities will travel to other cities to stage their plays every weekend on a rotational basis. In order to galvanise the movement, well-known groups, working in Hindi, Bengali and English theatre from the three cities have been invited to perform in the first round. At a later stage, other emerging talent will also be given the opportunity to participate and the plays will also be performed in other cities across India.

Participating theatre directors from Mumbai in this first round include Lillete Dubey (30 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER), Om Katare (HADH KAR DI AAPNE, CHNTA CHHOD CHINTAMANI), Nadira Zaheer Babbar (SAKU BAI, DAYASHANKAR KI DIARY, YAAR BANA BUDDY, YEH HAI BOMBAY MERI JAAN), Rahul Da Cuhna and other directors (ONE ON ONE), Rajit Kapur (MAHUA), Shivani Tibrewala (OLD MAN AND THE SEA).

There are quite a few directors from Kolkata and Delhi too and some of them are Usha Ganguli (CHANDALIKA), Sumanto Gangopadhyaya (AJANTOBAS), M Sayeed Alam (GHALIB IN NEW DELHI), KS Rajendran (AURANGZEB), Arvind Gaur (COURT MARTIAL).

Mumbai audiences will watch plays from Delhi and Kolkata and these will be performed at the Veer Savarkar auditorium at Shivaji Park.

To know more about 'Theatre in Motion', and the schedule of plays in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, visit http://www.theatreinmotion.in/
- See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/Articles/13/sep/04-theatre-in-motion-begins-this-october-a-travelling-theatre-with-a-difference.asp#sthash.ZeCDsVUl.dpuf

August, 2013

Theatre Showcase 2013

A theatre production competition where the winning group will get the chance to pitch for funding to the investors of Idyabooster

What are we looking for?

  • Theatre groups who have produced and performed at least one play in 3 years
  • Looking to produce a top-notch play in English/ Hindi/ Gujarati
  • Should have the script ready
  • Have a clear revenue strategy from the play
  • Looking for target audience in top 4-5 metros in India
Why apply?
  • Opportunity for funding for the play from Idyabooster
  • PR and marketing of your play through our sister properties
What is the application process?
  • Submit your application here: Apply Now
  • Our internal team will shortlist for a second round of discussion
  • The finalists will get a chance to pitch to our investors on Idyabooster
Last date for application: 31st August
  
Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award (SJNYTA 2014)
 The 2014 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age.

Submissions open from 1st August 2013
Closing Date 30th November 2013

Guidelines:
1. The scheme is open to Indian playwrights  between 18 to 35 years of age.
2. Selected playwright will be awarded Rs.25,000/- and invited for the presentation.
3. Submissions must be original, full length plays. (estimated playing time not less than 75 minutes and not more than 120 minutes). They must not have been produced previously
4. Play scripts written in any Indian Language are eligible but submissions must be in Hindi, Bengali or English along with a synopsis of not more than 300  words in English.
5. Scripts must be clearly typed, double spaced with wide margins, pages must be numbered and the text securely bound. The author’s name must be mentioned only on the title page. The title of the play must be mentioned on each page of the text.
6. Authors must guarantee that they have sole rights to all matter contained within the play. Any play accepted for production elsewhere before the award is announced will be disqualified.
7. Any submission which is already the recipient of an award elsewhere will not be eligible.
8. Winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of  3 judges.
9. Work which expands or challenges existing theatre paradigms in any way will be especially   encouraged.
10. Padatik will, at its option, retain exclusive rights to produce and stage the play for a period of two years from the presentation of the award. No further royalty or any other fee will be paid for this period
11. The play may be produced in any or all of the three languages mentioned. Padatik may appoint any directors/ translators to direct, translate, edit, adapt, modify and interpret the awarded script / play as required to make it suitable for production and performance in any language, including its original language.
12. The judges decision will be final and no correspondence concerning the results can be entered into.
13. Padatik does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, submitted scripts. Scripts entered are not returnable.
14. The winner will be notified by post/e-mail within  28th February, 2014 and the result will be announced on the Padatik Website.
15. Scripts submitted online via e-mails, will not be accepted.

APPLICATIONS TO INCLUDE
· Entry form as per format given below.
· Biography of applicant in not more than 200 words.
· Age proof.
· Self-addressed, stamped envelope in case applicant desires acknowledgement of receipt.

SEND ENTRIES MARKED SJNYTA TO:
Swapan Mitra,
Padatik,
6/7A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road,
Kolkata-700 017.
Email: 
padatik@gmail.com
www.padatik.co.in




June, 2013


NCPA Zest! - Youth Theatre Festival
Godrej Dance Theatre on Tuesday, 11th - 6.30 pm

An NCPA Centre for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Trust Presentation

Zest! Is a platform for campus and youth theatre. On one Tuesday every month, winners of intercollegiate drama competitions and other fine student productions will be showcased at
the NCPA.

This June, there will be four plays being performed at Zest – Adjustment, Waqt Nahi Hai, Trauma and The Balcony Scene Spoof from Romeo & Juliet. All four are the winners of a theatre competition by Helen O’Grady International.

Adjustment
English Play 
In today’s fast-paced world, there is no time to deliberate on important issues. We end up adjusting in all spheres of life – be it education, career, ideals, travelling, or opinions. The play speaks at large on this crucial aspect that we have adopted.

From: Pragati College, Dombivli
Written & Directed by Nitin Savale

Waqt Nahi Hai
Hindi Play
A dance drama which reflects on the busy life in cities – people have no time to enjoy the small-pleasures of life. A lifetime goes in pursuing worldly goods, but with no time to enjoy them.

From: Vivekanand Education Societies Degree College, Chembur
Written by Dinesh Singh
Directed by Kalpita Rane

Trauma
English Play
The story of Greek legendary hero Achilles who descends into hell in order to save the woman he loves. Along the way he meets a myriad of people and is forced to face the darkness within him while being crushed by the darkness around.

From:  St. Xaviers College
Written and directed by Terence Fernandes

The Balcony Scene spoof from Romeo & Juliet
English Play
Romeo and Juliet are having their typical balcony scene until they are interrupted by a strange gentleman who claims to be Romeo. Poor Juliet is about to lose her wits when, when another man appears out of nowhere to add to the chaos. So now we have a lovesick Romeo and an equally love struck gentleman who claims to be Romeo. Juliet is confused, or is she?

From: Ruia College, Matunga

Written and directed by Dr. Anjali Bhelande

Book Launch of "The Act of Becoming...Actors Talk"



May, 2013


THE DRAMA SCHOOL:
Come July, Theatre Professionals will open The Drama School, Mumbai. A school in the heart of South Mumbai, whose aim is to forge a new generation of theatre makers. A school structured on the best practices that exist in drama schools across the world.
We seek to create the actor-creator-entrepreneur, an individual who:
  • Understands the fundamental tools of dramatic performance
  • Understands the skills of storytelling and has the means to creating work for themselves
  • Has a 360 degree awareness of all the ancillary processes of putting up a theatre production
  • Learns how to apply his or her skills in other fields, so that s/he has a means to sustain himself or herself
Our students will be individuals who cultivate integrity, see learning as a lifelong process, and believe in rigour, focus and collaboration as the core pillars upon which to build their craft.
Our curriculum has emerged out of multiple conversations and inputs from our collective of drama-pedagogues, who have taught our workshops across the years. It is a combination of some of the most effective concepts experienced by each of them during their own training, and of methods and practices that they have worked with during their teaching.
It comes at a time where formal contemporary training in the craft of theatre in India is sorely lacking, and opportunities to go abroad to other centres of dramatic excellence is out of reach for many.

Fortunately, we are now at a time where a critical mass of highly accomplished, highly trained drama instructors (all of whom actively and regularly perform as well) are located in Mumbai, and jointly are ready and excited to come together to make this programme a reality. Never has planning for such a grand venture, been as joyous as this.

The School will operate out of the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, in Girgaum, returning to the foundry of Marathi theatre practice in Mumbai in the 1950s.

The Drama School Mumbai opens on the 1st of July 2013.For more details CLICK HERE  


April, 2013

Theatre Professionals:
Come July, Theatre Professionals will open The Drama School, Mumbai. A school in the heart of South Mumbai, whose aim is to forge a new generation of theatre makers. A school structured on the best practices that exist in drama schools across the world.


The School will operate out of the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, in Girgaum, returning to the foundry of Marathi theatre practice in Mumbai in the 1950s.


The Drama School Mumbai opens on the 1st of July 2013.
For more details CLICK HERE  

India Theatre Forum:
India Theatre Forum is bringing to you a unique opportunity of Theatre Residencies at theatre Institutes and Organisations within India. 
This is one of our new projects, within which we partner with theatre organisations to host around 15 people within the space / campus of the organisation for up to 7 days for an intense study tour of theatres in our country. 
This very first residency is being offered by NINASAM Theatre Institute, Heggodu, Karnataka. 
For more information on NINASAM and its location, please check www.ninasam.org

Mumbai LitFest:
In association with Literature Live!, The Mumbai LitFest, AVID is please to present 3 writing workshops this month in Mumbai and Delhi.
These workshops are not just for (aspiring) writers, but also for others looking to explore their creative energies.  

Writing Through Movement with Yuki Ellias on 13th April, Mumbai
This unique day-long workshop explores the muscles, nerves, and breath that connect to writers' impulses, sounds, and words.  The exercises and techniques taught include those developed by Italian Director Firenza Guidi Vera and practiced with actors and dancers, as well as writers.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows for flexible movement.

Food Writing with Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal on 27th and 28th April, Mumbai
This two-day workshop will wet your appetite for food and writing!  It will provide an overview on aspects critical to various forms of food writing including: developing recipes; understanding food preparations, describing flavors and presentations; and interviewing food personalities, among several other topics.  

Comedy Writing with Anuvab Pal on 20th and 21st AprilDelhi
This two-day fun-filled workshop on English comedy for Indian audiences will focus on constructing your own scripts, creating screenplays and inventing characters.  You will also learning intricacies of theatre, television and film direction.  Anuvab Pal, instructor of the workshop, is the acclaimed writer of the films The President is Coming and Loins of Punjab, and the plays The Bureaucrat and Chaos Theory; he has also performed stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store in Bombay.

If you need additional information or would like to register, please contact Olivia Lemos @ 98197-31922 or olivia.lemos@essar.com.

March, 2013



INLAKS -LAMDA Scholarships-2013...For Acting & Stage Management

In a collaborative venture, the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) invite applications for scholarships in the field of Theatre.

Details of the courses can be viewed on the website www.lamda.org.uk

These scholarships will apply only to courses which are 2 years long in the area of Acting and Stage Management. Candidates will have to attend auditions in Delhi or in Mumbai in the second week of April 2013. In the case of Acting, a further interview may be required.

Applications received will be evaluated and shortlisted candidates will be informed of the date and venue of their audition by email or phone. Candidates, who do not receive any communication by the April 10 2013, must assume that their applications have not been successful.

Individuals who have been offered places at LAMDA for Stage Management or Acting would then need to go through the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation selection process by attending the Inlaks final selection interviews in Mumbai sometime end May 2013.

Note: Candidates applying under the INLAKS-LAMDA scholarship scheme do not require to have an offer of admission from LAMDA at the time of application to the Foundation.

The deadline for receiving applications is April 1, 2013

Please note: The applicant will simultaneously send their LAMDA application form to LAMDA in the UK and their Inlaks application form to the Inlaks (Mumbai office) at the address given below.


 

January, 2013

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a one-of-a-kind 2000-year old Roman theatre in Britain in the back garden of an archaeological school. To read about this interesting find, CLICK HERE

December, 2012

Greetings from Helen O'Grady International!

This is with regards to our telecon today morning. We are pleased to inform you that we have organized “LET’S ACT”

English drama competition for college students on Saturday 5th January 2013.  We would want you to judge the elimination round on 24th December 2012 happening at P.L.Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mini Theatre, Prabhadevi Mumbai. Following are our details:

1). BACKGROUND


At the outset we would like to introduce ourselves, HELEN O’GRADY
INTERNATIONAL, a division of Govind Knowledge Ventures Pvt. Ltd. Govind Knowledge Ventures Pvt. Ltd belongs to the hundred year old Govindram Seksaria Group. (www.helenogradyinternational.co.in)

We have been doing sterling work in the field of soft skill training
and have developed the only programme of its kind in the world which uses the medium of drama. We are frequently recommended by Teachers, Principals, Educationists & Trainers all over the world.

The need of the hour is for every individual to be confident, develop
self-esteem, be eloquent and have the ability to project themselves well. This is achieved through a combination of motivational and well researched teaching methods! Our trainers are methodically trained in
the Helen O'Grady Drama System. In India, we have launched our programme 8 years ago and have been rewarded with the warmth and gratitude of those who have been associated with the Helen O’ Grady Drama System.

2). AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF “LET’S ACT” DRAMA COMPETITION:


Ø  To offer opportunities to the young people for learning outside
the formal classroom in order to explore and maximise their talent.

Ø  To facilitate ‘collaborative competition’, enabling them to
  realise their potential in areas such as teamwork, decision making, leadership, cultural and artistic awareness, confidence building and professionalism.

Ø  To enable students to become competent and responsible adults to
succeed in their professional career and personal life.

Ø  To share ideas and knowledge with regards to theatre


Ø  To celebrate cultural diversity in a globalised world.


3). LOCATION AND DATES


The final of “LET’S ACT” Drama Competition is scheduled on 5th
January 2013 in Sophia College Auditorium. Selected six teams from elimination round will contest to win. Elimination round will be held on 24th December 2012.  All enrolled teams will be required to submit
forms with correct details of play, participants. Last date of receiving entries will be 9th December 2012.


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Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award (SJNYTA)

 Padatik, Kolkata announces the Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award 2013



Scheme:



The SJNYTA scheme is an Annual Award to be presented every year . The 2013 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age.



Submissions open from  10th of October 2012 to 10th of January’2013 



Rules :



The SJNYTA scheme is an Annual Award to be presented every year . The 2013 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age.



Submissions open from  10th of October 2012 to 10th of January’2013 



Rules

1.       The scheme is open to Indian playwrights  between 18 to 35 years of age. 

2.       Selected playwright will be awarded Rs.25,000/- and invited for the presentation.

3.       Plays must be full length (estimated playing time not less than 75 minutes and not more than 120           

        minutes). They must not have been produced previously.

4.       Play scripts may be submitted in Hindi, Bengali or English along with a synopsis of not more than 300  

       words in English 

5.       Scripts must be clearly typed, double spaced with wide margins, pages must be numbered and the text  

       securely bound. The author’s name must be mentioned only on the title page. The title of the play must

       be mentioned on each page of the text.  

6.       Authors must guarantee that they have sole rights to all matter contained within the play. Any play

       accepted for production elsewhere before the award is announced will be disqualified.

7.       Winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of  3 judges.

8.       Work which expands or challenges existing theatre paradigms in any way will be especially

       encouraged  
9.       Padatik will, at its option, retain exclusive rights to produce and stage the play for a period of two years
       from the presentation of the award. No further royalty or any other fee will be paid for this period
10.   The play may be produced in any or all of the three languages mentioned. Padatik may appoint any
       directors/ translators to direct, translate, edit, adapt, modify and interpret the awarded script / play as
        required to make it suitable for production and performance in any language, including its original
        language.
11.   The judges decision will be final and no correspondence concerning the results can be entered into.
12.   Padatik does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, submitted scripts. Scripts entered are
       not returnable.
13.   The winner will be notified by post/e-mail within  28th February, 2013 and the result will be announced
       on the Padatik Website. 
14.  Scripts submitted online via e-mails, will not be accepted.
15.   Applications to include:

·Entry form as per format.
·Biography of applicant in not more than 200 words.
·Age proof.
·Self-addressed, stamped envelope in case applicant desires acknowledgement of receipt.

SEND ENTRIES MARKED SJNYTA TO:
Swapan Mitra,
Padatik,
6/7A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road,
Kolkata-700 017.




Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theater Award (SJNYTA) 2013

ENTRY FORM


TITLE OF PLAY

NAME OF AUTHOR

ADDRESS

TELEPHONE NOS:

E-MAIL

I CONFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES OF
THE SHYAMANAND JALAN  NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE AWARD



SIGNATURE:                                                                                                  DATE:




THE JUDGES THIS YEAR ARE:

 Ananda Lal is Professor of English, Jadavpur University. In addition, he has been theatre critic of The Telegraph, Kolkata's largest-circulating English daily, since 1986, and heads Writers Workshop, the pioneering publisher of Indian writing in English. He directs university theatre productions, and has worked on such internationally acclaimed successes as Tim Supple's Midsummer Night's Dream. He has a 30-year-old portfolio in television and film as an awardwinning scriptwriter, researcher, commentator, narrator and subtitler. His books include the Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre (2004, the first reference work in any language on that subject) and Rabindranath Tagore: Three Plays (1987 and 2001, the first full-length study in English of Tagorean drama).

Rajinder Nath: is a Hindi theatre personality regarded as indispensable for contemporary Indian drama. He founded Abhiyan in 1967, to produce original Indian scripts never done in Hindi theatre previously. From 1976 to 1981 and again in 1983-9 he headed the Shri Ram Centre, where he started an annual national theatre festival and a repertory company. The paucity of Hindi drama meant that Rajinder Nath had to use translations, mainly from Marathi and Bengali. His favourite was Tendulkar. (Ghasiram Kotwal, Sakharam Binder, Panchhi Aise Aate Hain, Kanyadaan etc)
Rajinder Nath attempted an equal number of influential Bengali dramatists (Badal Sircar – Pagla Ghoda, Sari Raat, Manoj Mitra – Bagiyan Banchharam Ki etc)
 
Rajinder Nath has guest-directed for other companies, filmed a few of his productions for the government TV network Doordarshan, and produced some television drama. Rajinder Nath, edited the National School of Drama journal, Theatre India, from its inception in 1999.

Santwana Nigam:Eminent theatre personality based in Delhi, well known for her translations of plays by prominent writers into Hindi. Translated writers include Utpal Dutt, Manoj Mitra, Debashish Mazumdar and Ramu Ramanathan and works translated include Utpal Dutt Ke Teen Natak, Bagia Bancharam Ki, Kashmakash and Comrade Kumbhakarna.  



October, 2012


UNSETTLING STONES: QTP is happy to host Grass Stage (a theatre group from China). The group will perform one of its productions 'Unsettling Stones' in Bombay. The performance will take place on 19th October, 2012 at NGMA, Fort. 






Unsettling Stones
  
By Grass Stage  
Playwright, Director: Zhao Chuan
Performers: Wu Meng, Yu Kai, Fengzi





About Unsettling Stones:

He touches my arm, he touches my shoulder, he touches my back, he touches my chest, he touches my waist, he touches my crotch, he touches my bottom and my legs, and he inspects my naked body with special equipment all for reasons of public safety… and for my own protection as well.” (Unsettling Stones, monologue excerpt). This play is a product of an unsettled time and of unsettled souls, and is also a contemplation of that unsettledness. In that time, certain unease led to further unease, changing in nature and gathering strength, leading us all into panic and fear. We who lived in this state sought to depict or expose it, but that very fear rendered us unable to speak, made each one of us feel powerless and impotent. Even so, isn’t it so that each of us can see clearly where the real danger is coming from? Be it a night full of sighs, or seeds of struggle, who’s to say that from out of all of this might not come a torrent of hurled stones? Tell me, is there hope in stones?

1          Prologue: Musings from an Unquiet     Night.

2          Facing Danger

3          News from the Present Time

4          Freedom Suspended

5          The Wrath of Stones


About Grass Stage:
In 2005, Zhao Chuan and a group of colleagues established the Grass Stage Theatre, devoted to the promotion of China’s new social theatre movement, the creation of non-profit public space, and the formation of a new theatrical aesthetic. Under his direction, the collective aimed to stimulate theatrical capabilities among common people through workshops and training, to create new theatrical pieces, to organize cultural events and theatrical productions, and to encourage cooperative interaction with similarly-minded groups in China and abroad.  The group has focused on deepening the connection between theatre and society, and has made use of a wide range of venues and situations for performances and discussions. Grass Stage events are not only spaces for bringing together diverse elements of society, but also provide, in a country with a political environment relatively lacking in opportunities for public participation, a fluid and varied range of public social spaces.   Their works included the Unsettle Stones(2012), Republican Notes (2012), The Little Society volume I and II (2009-2011), Unbearable Dreams series (2009-2011), Lu Xun 2008 (2008), Squat (2008), A Madman’s Stories (2006-2007), 38th Parallel Still Play (2005), among others, have been performed in more than ten Chinese cities, as well as in Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Germany.


About Zhao Chuan:
Zhao Chuan is a writer, art critic and theatre director who creates alternative, political theatre in Shanghai. He is the founding member and mastermind of the important Chinese theatre collective Grass Stage since 2005. His work devoted to the promotion of new social theatre movement and the creation of non-profit public space. Zhao Chuan’s literary awards include, most notably, the Unita Prize for New Novelists (2001). His writings on contemporary Shanghai art have been selected for publication in various media in China and abroad. He has also been an invited participant in numerous international Literary, Art, and Theatre festivals.



For more details contact us on 26392688 or email at qtp@qtp.in

August, 2012

INLAKS THEATRE AWARDS

The Inlaks India Foundation invites applications for the selection of Inlaks Theatre Awards 2013. The deadline for receiving applications for the Awards is October 30, 2012.

The Inlaks India Foundation has been involved in the identifying and supporting exceptional talent in various areas of study like humanities, sciences, social science, fashion design, visual arts, music and sports. The Foundation awards scholarships for outstanding students for higher studies abroad, as well as within the country. For the past several years, the Foundation has successfully supported theatre artistes within the country. This year again the Foundation will make awards in the field of Theatre.

The Foundation invites proposals from Indian citizens aged below 35 at the time of application, towards skill enhancement in the field of theatre. This could include attending training workshops, residencies or any other activity that the applicant deems appropriate for a maximum duration of one year. It should be noted that the Foundation does not cover tuition fee towards attending a full-time theatre programme in an institute.

Depending on the proposal and the length of the proposed programme, the Foundation will cover the fee (if any) for attending the programme, and provide an allowance of Rs. 10,000 per month for the duration of the programme, which should not exceed one year.

The applicant must send a letter from the mentor / institution under whom the applicant proposes to undergo the skill enhancement programme.

About the Award:
  • For short-term awards (of three months or less) the amount awarded will be paid upfront and the mentor or institution will need to submit a letter certifying that the awardee attended and completed the programme for which the award was made.

  • For longer-term awards (of over three months) half the amount awarded will be paid at the beginning. The second installment will be paid at the midpoint of the term of the award on receipt of a progress report from the head of the institution, mentor, guide or guru under whom the applicant will be working.

  • The number of Awards could vary between 2-3, depending on the merit of the applications received.

  • The selection procedure will take place in two rounds. The written application and reference letters will be the major criterion for the first round. The short-listed applicants will then be expected to appear in front of the selection committee for an audition for the final selection.

Conditions for application: 
  • The applicant should be a recent graduate / post-graduate from a leading Indian institute for theatre arts in India. Applicants not having a formal degree but possessing a record of high quality record of past achievements may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

  • The recipient should not hold a similar / government scholarship or award during the tenure of the Inlaks Theatre Award.

  • He / She should be below the age of 35 years on December 31st in the year of application.

Please Send:(Note : All written material should be clearly legible and preferably type written).
  • An application on plain paper may be sent with details of name, educational qualifications, contact address, permanent address, and evidence of date of birth.

  • A brief essay giving details of present occupation and achievements to date. (Not more than 300 words).

  • A formal proposal of what training/workshop etc the applicant would like the award for. The applicant’s special need for the award and what he/she proposes to do with the award money. (Not more than 500 words)

  • If it is a workshop/training that the applicants intends to attend, details of the same as well as acceptance to that workshop/training must be submitted.

  • The time periods as well as the dates for any proposed training/workshop etc must be submitted with the proposal.

  • Letter of acceptance from Guru/ Guide / Institution under whom, the applicant intends to work .

  • Reference letters from three eminent theatre persons who can vouch for the applicant.

  • A CD / DVD with a sample of the applicant’s work. We will require 4 copies of this CD / DVD.

  • Detailed information about the Foundation may be downloaded from the website:www.inlaksfoundation.org The applications may be sent to the following address :
    Inlaks India Foundation , 86 / 87, Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021 Tel : 22884351, Fax : 22885190

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2012 
Mr. Digvijaya
Mr. Vivek Vijay Kumaran
Mr. Chetan Vyas K

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2011 
Mr. Rajkumar Rajak
Mr. Abdul Huq Usmani
Ms. Niyati P. Rathod
Mr. Kalyan Choudhury

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2010 
Mr. Arka Mukhopadhyay
Mr. Chandra Shekhar Prasad
Ms. Swastika Dhar
Mr. Vivek Kumar

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2009
Mr. Dilip Kumar Gupta
Mr. Vinu Joseph
Ms. Saritha J.L
Ms. Athira L.P

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2008
Mr. Souptic Chakraborty 
Mr. Muzammil Hayat Bhawan

INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2007
Mr. Sandeep Jayraj
Mr. Abhishek Kumar 

Detailed information about the Foundation may be downloaded from the website: www.inlaksfoundation.org. The applications may be sent to the following address:

Our Address :
Inlaks India Foundation,
86/87, Atlanta
Nariman Point,
Mumbai - 400 021
Tel : 22884351
Fax : 22884390

Pratibimb - Marathi Natya Utsav
Experimental Theatre
Friday, 3rd to Tuesday, 7th 
An NCPA Centre for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Trust Presentation

Launched in 2010, Pratibimb, meaning ‘reflection’, was conceptualised to holdup a mirror to the best of contemporary Marathi theatre. To help promote Marathi theatre as well as to discern its finer nuances, each performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast and crew of the play.
 
SHORT + SWEET - Short Play Theatre Festival
Experimental Theatre
25th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st – 7 pm 
26th Aug and 1st & 2nd Sept – 4 pm & 7 pm 

The biggest little play festival in the world is back! After a hugely successful launch last year, featuring 20 original, 10-minute plays, Short+Sweet, the internationally renowned Australian brand that started in Sydney over a decade ago, returns to Mumbai. This year, the festival will showcase 30 new, 10-minute plays in both English and Hindi from all over India. Covering a wide range of genres—contemporary, topical, classic and controversial—Short+Sweet taps into the pulse of modern life with something in it for everyone!

For schedule, visit www.shortandsweet.org or www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/our-festivals/mumbai. You could also email to iradubey@gmail.com

Brought to you by The Primetime Theatre Co. and Ira Dubey.  

July, 2012 
SHORT+SWEET, the biggest little play festivalin the world IS BACK in 2012!
Following the overwhelming response and reception to the launch of Short+Sweet in Mumbailast year, The Primetime Theatre Co. is delighted to announce its return thisyear from August 25th to September 2nd 2012 in association with The NationalCentre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

Encouraging a host of fresh talent and showcasing the best original ten minute plays bywriters from Mumbai and across the country and the world, presented by the bestlocal actors and directors, this year’s festival will showcase a total of 30plays and possibly some wildcard entries! in what is often called thesms-generation, in an age where instant gratification rules, Short+Sweet, theT20 of theatre, is the perfect antidote for new and old theatre loverseverywhere.

Get involved as actors, directors or writers, or all the above and come experiencethe world of Short+Sweet theatre , a world that is back to enliven andinvigorate Mumbai’s diverse, vibrant, ever-growing theatre community!
Theschedule for the season 2012 has been announced!!
Deadlines:Submission of scripts: July 11 2012
Director registrations: July 18 2012
IndependentTheatre company (ITC) submissions : July 18 2012
(youcan register as an ITC with ready made 10 minute productions)
Actor registrations : July 21st 2012

TOSUBMIT A SCRIPT OR REGISTER AS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR OR ITC go to http://www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/our-festivals/mumbai

IMPORTANTDATES:
Auditionfor actors: July 27th/29th 2012 at PL DESHPANDE CENTRE, WORLI, MUMBAI
The festival will run from August 25th to September 2nd at the NCPA Experiemntal Theatre.
The Top 10 plays from the Festival will be showcased in the Gala Final on September 2nd  2012 at 4 and 7 p.m.
Prizeswill be awarded in different categories including Best Production, BestDirector, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress and more on the Gala night byemminent judges

There is also the very popular audience choice award for the BEST PRODUCTION basedsolely on audience votes!

Get intouch with the festival director IRA DUBEY for any further enquiries at iradubey@gmail.com or shortandsweetmumbai@gmail.com

June, 2012 


NCPA Cheer! - A Comedy Fest:
A three-day celebration of comedy, wit and laughter, the ‘NCPA Cheer!’ will showcase three new comic plays, stand-up acts and a workshop series on working with humour. Three evenings of non-stop fun to combat the monsoon blues.The funnies are a serious business as we see Comedy today meeting a growing demand for entertainment through light plays and live acts. A new comedy festival at the NCPA, works in this vein to explore various ways of spreading cheer.Several very talented writers, directors, actors and comedians are working in Mumbai and have created a space for the enjoyment of humour in all its forms. ‘NCPA Cheer!’  brings together a fine selection from June 22 to 24.
NCPA Centrestage: The NCPA is scouting for English plays for its Centrestage Festival 2012, from Dec 7-16. Please send asap to theatre@ncpamumbai.com, a short synopsis, names of playwright, director-- if you want to be a part of the Festival. Remember, the play should premiere at the Festival.

The National School of Drama (NSD), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Sanskaar Rang Toli (TIE Co), invite applications for productions from theatre groups and institutions working with/for children to participate in 'Jashnebachapan', a theatre festival for children, scheduled to be held during October-November 2012. The complete application should reach the office of the National School of Drama, TIE Co, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi 110001, latest by June 30, 2012. For further details and for downloading the application form, please visit http://www.nsd.gov.in 

The Indian Drama and Entertainment Academy (IDEA) will present two street plays on 5th June 2012, World Environment Day. The two plays are EK HO APNI ZAMEEN and HUM NAHI SUDHRENGE. Both plays deal with various environmental issues such as noise pollution, garbage disposal, the use of plastic, global warming and others.
Venue & Time: Mumbai Air Port, Santa Cruz (east) from 11 am to 6 pm.
 

May, 2012

Dear Friends
Please pass on to your friends and acquaintances working with children who cannot afford to watch a play at the theatre. We are trying to include them in our audience and offer heavily discounted seats (almost 90% discount).

MAKING THEATRE ACCESSIBLE

Gillo is performing the following 4 shows for children, in May, this summer in Mumbai:

FRI 11 MAY, 6.30 pm
SUAR CHALA SPACE KO
in Hindi / for 5 to 12 year age group
at EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE NCPA, Nariman Point

SAT 12 MAY, 6.30 pm
KYUN-KYUN LADKI
in Hindi / for 5 to 12 year age group
at EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE NCPA, Nariman Point

WED 23 MAY, 4 pm & 7 pm
KYUN-KYUN LADKI
in Hindi / for 5 to 12 year age group
at PRITHVI THEATRE, Juhu

Suar Chala Space Ko is a hilarious play about a smelly pig and his friends who travel to outer space! Then a sudden encounter with aliens lands them in a big mess.The story touches upon friendship, adventure, owning up to your mistakes, taking responsibility and of course the “swine flu”!

Kyun-Kyun Ladki is based on Mahashweta Devi’s well known picture-storybook, Why-Why Girl and celebrates the thrill of ‘WHY?’ It is the story of Moyna and at the same time the story of so many children, all who always ask the question ‘Why?’ Performed through dance, movement and live music, the play shows glimpses of their lives and of their minds. 

Gillo would like to offer children from NGOs in Mumbai the opportunity to visit the theatre and watch our plays. We can offer a maximum of 50 seats per show for children from NGOs. The children will also get a chance to interact with the actors after the show.

The NGO shall be charged a token amount of Rs.25/- per ticket for children. (Actual Price for public is between Rs.200 and Rs.300 per ticket)

We request interested NGOs to let us know if they would like to bring their children to our shows. Please send us details of which show you are interested in and how many tickets are needed. We will then revert to you with a confirmation on the same.

Please also note that: 

















  • This is offer is only for Registered NGO's within Mumbai city.
  • Tickets for NGOs will be issued by GILLO. Please do not directly contact the Prithvi or NCPA Office.
  • Allottment of tickets shall be on first come first served basis.
  • The NGO must make its own arrangements to bring the children to the theatre and take them back to their homes.
  • Adults accompanying the children shall need to purchase tickets at full rate.
  • Payment of Rs.25/- per child should be made at latest 2 days before the show, or else the discounted seats may be unavailable.
  
For further details about the play please visit us at www.gillogilehri.blogspot.com

About Gillo Theatre Repertory:
GILLO Theatre Repertory is the Theatre Wing of GILLO, a Mumbai based children's media group. Our work spans projects in Education, the Arts and the Media. The focus of our work is indigenous content within an Indian context.
Our theatre repertory works exclusively in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) which includes content development, performance and training. We have a group of adult performers who stage short and full length plays for children of different age groups.
Since 2010 we have produced two plays for children - Suar Chala Space Ko (2010) and Kyun Kyun Ladki (2011), both premieres being at the Prithvi Summertime in Mumbai. These plays have been staged for schools and the general public in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. We have also performed short plays based on popular contemporary storybooks. Over two years we have staged more than 50 shows.
We have a Saturday drama club for children, as well as short duration theatre workshops that engage children with the theatre arts. GILLO is a member of ASSITEJ India (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People).


NCPA Ananda - A Festival of Hindi Plays
The National Centre of the Performing Arts (NCPA) is known to support and encourage theatre in all languages. After Pratibimb, a festival of Marathi plays, Centrestage, a multilingual drama festival, and Vasant, a Gujarati Theatre Festival, comes the time for Ananda-a festival of Hindi plays, from May 4 - 6 2012.

The Ananda Hindi Natya Utsav presents a selection of delightful Hindi plays by a new, young group, D For Drama, Silly Point Productions' first Hindi play, and NCPA's own production with Rangbaaz. All the three plays are new, fresh and unique in form, style and content.

Theatre Professionals Intensive Drama Program 2012 - Information Session
Theatre Professionals are conducting an information session on the 7th and 10th of May at 5pm at Habitat (first floor), above Gloria Jeans Coffee, next to Prithvi Theatre, Juhu - Where you'll get all the final details about the full Intensive Drama Program 2012 in person (we're doing our last minute ironing out of all details now). 

So come, find out more about the Intensive Drama Program 2012, including details of the instruction, what you can expect to learn, our approach to teaching theatre, and any other questions you may have

If you can, please do RSVP Naireet 9321595159 (otherwise just show up. and bring your theatre friends!)

April, 2012 

Rangbaaz's 4th Production - Jungle Book:
We really really really need your help to raise funds for our New Play 'Jungle Book'
We are planning a fantastic production. Trying to use elements like masks and puppets. There will be live music and singing. An original score. And it will be a Trilingual.

Come and be a part of this wonderous Journey of Mowgli and his friends Adapted and Directed by Shivani Tanksale and Sumeet Vyas. This classic book by Rudyard Kipling has been beautifully crafted into a play.

Jungle Book will opens in May, with shows at the N.C.P.A and Prithvi.
We need your helping hand. Whatever you can give will be a huge contribution to help fulfill our vision.

To donate, please Click Here
IFA Theatre Festival:
The India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), an independent, philanthropic organization that supports arts and culture projects across the country, is coming to Mumbai. IFA is bringing this passion for the arts to Mumbai now. Starting with a two-day extravaganza at Prithvi Theatre, IFA, in the coming months, will showcase to the Mumbai art connoisseurs the best of its grantee projects, in association with local partners. The IFA festival at Prithvi will treat Mumbaikars to films, music, plays, photographs and much food for thought by way of discussions and seminars.

The festival will be held on the 7th and 8th of April with activities starting from 11am.


WORLD THEATRE DAY ADDRESS
:
On 27th March 2012, the 50th World Theatre Day was celebrated. World Theatre Day is an activity of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), which was founded in 1948 by UNESCO. Each year the ITI commissions a leading world theatre figure to write a special address

On March 22, 2012, John Malkovich delivered his international message at UNESCO in Paris at a gala event that included readings of play excerpts with Malkovich and other theatre artists. John Malkovich is a founding member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has worked on 33 productions with the company since 1976. In 1983 he won an Obie for his performance in Sam Shepard's True West. The following year, he appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which earned him an Emmy in 1985 when it was made into a television film.He has periodically returned to Chicago to act and direct, and was recently seen in the international tour of The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a serial killer. This production traveled to nearly 20 countries and received its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in November 2011. He also directed his third theatre production in Paris, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, at the Théâtre de l'Atelier following the success of Hysteria (2002) and The Good Canary (2007) for which he was awarded the Molière Award for best staging.


"I'm honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades. 

May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do. May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life's work. And may the best of you - for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments - succeed in framing that most basic of questions, "how do we live?" Godspeed."


March, 2012

Timeless Tagore:
A tribute through dance, music and theatre in celebration of the 150th year of Rabindranath Tagore.

28th March to 1st April at the NCPA.

Five days of music, dance, and drama at the NCPA gives Mumbai audiences a chance to look into the many fascinating elements of the works of Rabindranath Tagore–the rhythms, tunes, poetry, stories and philosophy that resonate 150 years after the birth of India’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, the author of India’s national anthem, and an eternal artistic inspiration. The festival focuses on the contemporary relevance of Tagore by presenting a variety of his works from the traditional and innovative interpretations by artistes from all over India. The programme is carefully curated to reflect the works of Tagore for the afficianado as well as a generation that needs to rediscover him. 

Inviting Applications From Young Artists For World Event Young Artists 2012:
World Event Young Artists 2012 (WEYA) in partnership with the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites applications from young artists for participation in the first World Event Young Artists 2012.

World Event Young Artists 2012 is the first event of its kind that will take place in the cultural city of Nottingham, England from 7th to 16th September 2012. This global cultural event will bring together the best international creative talent from across a spectrum of art forms, in one city.

As an India partner for the selection process, the IFA invites applications from artists to participate in the event. Individuals and collectives/groups in the age group of 18 to 30 years can apply under the categories of Visual Arts, Moving Image and Performance.

For more details, please visit:
http://www.indiaifa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=188&Itemid=170

February, 2012

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival:
February 4th-12th will herald the vibrancy, drama, excitement and the beautiful colours of culture. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival invites you all to come and experience a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, street stalls, films, workshops for adults and children, visual arts and heritage walks. Nine joyful days to refresh your mind, inspire your senses and feel exhilarated!
This year open novel creative vistas for your children, enrich your mind with thoughts from literary greats and workshops, walk back in time to understand the heritage of Kala Ghoda, watch the drama play out in over 40 theatrical presentations, groove to Bollywood live at Asiatic steps, marvel at the richness of Indian classical and folk dance forms, shop till you drop at the stalls of Rampart Row and soak in the splendour of visual arts in their finest glory.

Come and be part of Mumbai's biggest festive extravaganza!

For full schedule, please visit: http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/index.htm


Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival:

Little Theatre
Tuesday, 14th to Thursday, 16th – 6.30 pm

The Ishara Puppet Theatre founded in 1986 by Dadi Pudumjee is one of India’s leading contemporary puppet theatres, committed to creating awareness, exposure and education about the multifaceted traditions and techniques of puppetry. The group has performed in many countries and organises the only annual international puppet festival in India with puppeteers from across the globe. The festival produced by Teamwork Productions, focuses on new contemporary work from India and abroad and is seen as an established platform to further multimedia arts in India


January, 2012



Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards announces META 2012:  
To recognize and reward the best in Indian theatre, The Mahindra and Mahindra group is proud to present META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) for the Seventh consecutive year. The only award of its kind, META is designed to showcase the best in theatre being produced in India.

The objective of META is to encourage all aspects of theatre craft such as playwriting, set, costume and light design, direction and performance. TheMahindra Excellence In Theatre Awards has been instituted by the Mahindra Group, in continuation of their commitment to promoting theatre.

In its Seventh year, the call for entries inviting the best of theatre from all over the Country has begun. All the productions that are entered and clear the eligibility criteria are viewed by an esteemed selection committee, the shortlisted plays are nominated and the Nominations are announced on the META website.

During the first week of March the nominated productions are staged in Delhi where the Jury views them, the best of the best are announced at the Glittering awards night at the end of the week.
Also please log on to www.metawards.com for further details and you may submit online your entry at  http://www.metawards.com/submission_form/


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