The show stealer
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
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