The show stealer

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - By Ekta Al­reja

A re­spected but frills- free As­mita Theatre Group lacks a grand space of an act­ing school. But thanks to the di­rec­tor, Arvind Gaur, and his team of tal­ented ac­tors who man­age a daunt­ing feat in sum­mers, when the art and cul­tural spirit is low, by at­tract­ing ded­i­cated ac­tors to their work­shops. At their work­shop, a re­ver­ber­at­ing ses­sion wel­comes you, with Shilpi Mar­waha, the se­nior mem­ber of the group, at the fore­front. She be­gins the class by en­act­ing a scene, which, she says, is more like a warm- up ex­er­cise to get peo­ple in ac­tion. This is then fol­lowed by im­pro­vi­sa­tion wherein stu­dents have to con­cep­tu­alise and per­form a short play on so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues.

LES­SON PLAN Th­ese work­shops, con­ducted by se­nior ac­tors of the group, men­tor new tal­ent aim­ing for act­ing ca­reer. It also pro­vides the chance for young writ­ers, pro­duc­ers, ac­tors and di­rec­tors to meet like­minded peers at a se­ries of street theatre per­for­mances, stage shows and work­shops that run all year- round. The sum­mer work­shops help you go through the ele­ments of per­for­mance and scene work. It also teaches you the nu­ances of what it takes to be an ac­tor and be able to choose from a range of per­for­mance styles. The classes are di­vided into two cat­e­gories, one for those above 17 years and an­other for those above five years.

ALL FOR A CAUSE As­mita also con­ducts free work­shops for those who can­not af­ford the fee. The best part is, you at­tend the morn­ing work­shops and you per­form in a street play in the evening. “Th­ese batches are al­ways buzzing with tal­ented ac­tors. Some of them even join the group be­cause they pre­fer per­form­ing in street plays,” says Mar­waha. COST Rs 6,000 for two- month long work­shop

WHERE Lok Kala Manch, Lodhi Road; 9540656537

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