THE­ATRE ARTISTE Show­time!

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK If a play is sched­uled for the evening, your day would be some­thing like this. 9am: Reach the venue. Re­hearse 11am: Work on changes 1pm: Share feed­back with col­leagues over lunch 2pm: Rest 4pm: Fi­nal re­hearsals in cos­tumes at the main venue 6pm: Show be­gins

THE PAY­OFF In Hindi the­atre, mak­ing money could be a bit of a strug­gle for an artiste. You can earn by or­gan­is­ing the­atre work­shops, that too, only if you are an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional. “If you’re lucky, you might get a break in TV or a film, which are, un­doubt­edly, well-pay­ing. English, Marathi and Gu­jarati the­atre artistes are quite pop­u­lar and one can learn a lot par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­shops and plays con­ducted and staged by them,” says Arvind Gaur, who heads the Delhi-based As­mita The­atre Group. One can get any­where be­tween R5000 per show and R15,000 per show, de­pend­ing on the scale at which it A the­atre artiste is a per­son who works with one or more the­atre groups as a pro­fes­sional ac­tor. Any­one who helps or sup­ports in the con­cep­tu­al­is­ing, re­hears­ing or en­act­ing of plays can be re­ferred to as a the­atre artiste. Though there might not be much money in the busi­ness for those just start­ing out, you can do well if you man­age to earn a name for your­self. Film ac­tors Naseerud­din Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Sha­bana Azmi are some ac­tors who have done well on the sage too. For­mal train­ing is an added ad­van­tage For tal­ented artistes. You learn a lot when you are in­volved in churn­ing out a great per­for­mance. If you’re bit­ten by the act­ing bug and money is not a ma­jor is­sue. A good voice, com­mand­ing stage pres­ence and good dic­tion are musts is or­gan­ised. Many make loads of money, es­pe­cially in case of com­mer­cial the­atre. An­other source of earn­ing is through the­atre work­shops in schools or col­lege to sen­si­tise young­sters about this art form

SKILLS/TRAITS Ex­cep­tional act­ing tal­ent. Mere pas­sion doesn’t work here Loads of pa­tience Team spirit. Ev­ery stage per­for­mance is a team ef­fort

Abil­ity to re­hearse for long hours One needs to be en­er­getic and en­tre­pre­neur­ial One needs to work for one­self, be imag­i­na­tive and be ready to choose a life of risk “You must have the spirit of a war­rior to be able to sus­tain your­self in this medium. You ought to have faith and con­vic­tion and should be able to carve a busi­ness model in or­der to at­tract spon­sors,” says noted artiste Lushin Dubey

GET­TING THERE At­tend the­atre work­shops or­gan­ised by groups such as, As­mita The­atre Group in Delhi, from time to time. They usu­ally hold work­shops when schools and col­leges are shut. You can also at­tend short-term cour­ses run by these groups. Al­ter­na­tively, you can join an am­a­teur group to learn the ropes of the­atre. Once you are fa­mil­iar with the art form, you can join a pro­fes­sional group, sub­ject to your act­ing abil­i­ties. You can also join the National School of Drama, which of­fers a pro­fes­sional diploma equiv­a­lent to a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in dra­mat­ics. To be el­i­gi­ble for this, you must have spent a cou­ple of years on-stage at the school and col­lege level

IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Three-year post­grad­u­ate diploma in dra­mat­ics at the National School of Drama, New Delhi nsd.gov.in Two-month act­ing work­shop by Nat­sam­rat The­atre Group, New Delhi nat­sam­ratthe­atre.com Work­shops or­gan­ised by As­mita The­atre Group, New Delhi in­di­anthe­atre.blogspot.com PROS AND CONS Gets you fame, es­pe­cially if you get to en­act a lead role Money is not com­pa­ra­ble to films

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