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1. Chevening Scholarship

What – Opportunity
Application Deadline – 3rd November 2020

Applications for 2021/2022 Chevening Scholarships are now open until November 3rd 2020. Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university. Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

2. Transformation into Character with Micaela Miranda

What – Workshop
When – 5th – 21st October 2020
Where – The Drama School Mumbai

Micaela Miranda is a director, movement director and teacher, and academic researcher for the discipline of actor movement. She has worked as an actor in devised processes as well as a director and producer in several countries. She started work with the Freedom Theatre in Palestine in 2008, helping found its three-year professional actor training program, leading and designing the curriculum as well as teaching Movement and Improvisation. At present, Micaela is leading the Practice as Research Project: Motivation and Risk in movement training while social distancing at Oxford School of Drama.

The workshop takeaways focus on the physical preparation required from the actor when working on a character; deepen and make specific the analysis of movement of life around us to transfer to your own body to bring a character to life;

get in contact with elements of the Lecoq pedagogy that relate to the mechanic, dynamic, dramatic and poetic dimensions of a character; experience a process of embodied transformation for a character of choice in several levels of play: from naturalism to masked play and street theatre; find physical principles to play age, class, gender, injury and other physical characteristics; work with costume, objects and the space as vehicles of storytelling of the character’s inner and outer life; improvise with your character and hopefully generate material that connects to the stories you want to tell.

3. Sneak Peek into Solo Acting

What – Workshop
When – 5th – 10th October 2020
Where – To register write to

The understanding of acting and performance can help you in different ways including improvement in communication, focus, confidence and body language, imagination, thinking out of the box, better understanding about content etc. This workshop will include an introduction to Acting, understanding stage dynamics, voice and speech for performance, body movements and expressions,
creating a performance and the basics of performance. The course is being conducted by Kaustubh Bankapure, Director, Applied Theatre India Foundation. Kaustubh studied applied theatre at University of London, UK and has performed at various national and international festivals.

4. Launch Your Career in Entertainment with Vir Das

What – Free Lecture
When – 10th October 2020
Where –

Learn and laugh with a name that needs no introduction. Vir Das, India’s highest selling stand up comedian, actor and musician has become synonymous with comedy in the country. He captured Indian cinema as a comic actor with movies like Delhi Belly, Go Goa Gone and Badmaash Company before rising to international acclaim with his Netflix specials Abroad Understanding, Losing It and Vir Das: For India. He is the founder of ‘Weirdass Comedy’, a comedy production studio based in Mumbai. In this session he will be talking about how you can launch your career in entertainment.

5. Thespo Tapri: Cheeni Kum Stories Zyaada

What – Storytelling
When – 10th October 2020
Where –

A selection of stories performed by young, emerging artists, curated especially for Thespo Tapri from over a 100 pieces from all across the country. These young storytellers innovate with the digital medium and share gripping stories, with a promise to keep you entertained. A Tapri is where people meet, chat, and discuss good and bad news and talk about their lives. Join Thespo Tapri and share stories from Lucknow, Pune, Latur, Delhi, Ujjain, Kolkata over chai (or whatever you prefer) as they take you on a journey of joy, heartbreak, struggle and love.

6. The Colour of Loss

What – Online Performance
When – 9th – 11th October 2020
Where –

Based on ‘The White Book’ by Han Kang
Translated by Deborah Smith
Design & direction Mohit Takalkar
Performed by Mrinmayee Godbole, Ipshita, Manasi Bhawalkar, Dipti Mahadev
An Aasakta Production

From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the colour white. While on a writer’s residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. The White Book becomes a meditation on the colour white, as well as a fictional journey inspired by an older sister who died in her mother’s arms, a few hours old. The narrator grapples with the tragedy that has haunted her family, an event she colours in stark white–breast milk, swaddling bands, the baby’s rice cake-coloured skin–and, from here, visits all that glows in her memory: from a white dog to sugar cubes. As the writer reckons with the enormity of her sister’s death, Han Kang’s trademark frank and chilling prose is softened by retrospection, introspection, and a deep sense of resilience and love. The White Book-ultimately a letter from Kang to her sister-offers powerful philosophy and personal psychology on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.

7. Sustainability Stories

What – Storytelling for Children
When – 10th October 2020

Read by actors from TheBisiBeleBois and Piece of Paper Productions.

The Sustainability Stories is a collection of stories written by young adults, for young adults in the making. Through the lives of Zelly the Zebra, Hali the Elephant, A lonely cloud in the sky and many more, these stories explore the concept of water conservation through a different lens in every story…the water cycle, the famous #GlassHalfFull concept, mindful usage of water, inspiring young minds to be the change that they wish to see in the world.

8. Maanini

What – Storytelling
When – 10th October 2020
Where –

Read by Meera Venkatesan, Parvathy Eswaran, Jyothi Kunjoor and Anagha Prasad 

Maanini is a story performance on the life of Krishna told through the eyes of the strong, resilient, yet tender and giving women who played a pivotal role in Krishna’s life. Each played their part and helped him to reach his message to the world. The evening is presented as an interesting mix of dance, abhinaya, music, drama, poetry, and storytelling. Each of these is used to enhance the story and bring out its essence effectively.

9. Tape A Tale

What – Storytelling
When – 10th October 2020

Tape A Tale in association with Magic Mic Storytelling presents ‘Gujarati Tales’ – a storytelling open mic event that will also feature some curated performers. The deadline for sending stories for the event is Oct 7th. The stories need to be submitted in an audio format to with the subject line ‘Gujarati Tales’. Three stories will be shortlisted, and the rest of the five stories will be randomly picked by the host on the day of the event. Only real-life based personal stories will be accepted. The stories have to be in the first-person narrative. The length of the story should not exceed a total of 5-6 minutes.

10. Ooncha Mailo Parogram

What – Plays
When – 10th – 11th October 2020

Brought to you by Manoj Shah, Ideas Unlimited

This is a theatre festival of the plays of Ideas Unlimited. The ticket gives you access to view their work over several weekends. On Oct 10th you can watch Mohan Ka Masala and on the 11th Hun Chandrakant Bakshi.

Mohan Ka Masala is the story of young Mahatma Gandhi. Mohandas will tell you about his childhood and the experiences that shaped his future…the skills that he picked up on the way which made him the benevolent leader that he was. He will teach you to smell your own masalas through the example of his life spanning from his birth in Porbandar to his life’s tipping point in South Africa.

Hun Chandrakant Bakshi is a play based on the life of the prolific writer who passionately loved his readers his entire life. And the feeling was mutual. Chandrakant Bakshi was an incredible egotistical artist, whose larger-than-life persona was full of contradictions. He wrote fiercely, forcefully and without bothering about controversies.

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What – Audio Play
When – 11th October 2020

Written by Annie Zaidi
Part of New Writing Podcasts brought to you by Studio Tamaasha
Series Director – Sukant Goel
The Cast – Ayesha Raza and Atul Kumar

Winner of the Hindu Playwright Award 2018, the play is timeless, insightful and valuable for its gentle reminders about the distressing times we live in. This subtle and hard-hiitng play is set in a dystopian future and examines the metaphors in the stories we relate about ourselves.

New Writing Podcasts is a space where new plays by both new and experienced playwrights are presented in the form of dramatic readings by professional actors, guided by a theatre director.

12. Tell Your Own Story: A Storytelling Workshop

What – Workshop
When – 11th October 2020
Register – Click here

Sheena Khalid and Shantanu Anand will conduct a storytelling workshop exclusively for people from the LGBTQIA+ community. At this workshop, you will learn how to write and perform your own story under the guidance of the facilitators, explore the entire depth and breadth of your story, learn how to find and cultivate your own authentic voice, and get personalised feedback on your story and performance. Only the first 15 people who register will get slots in the workshop.

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