HYDERABAD: Saurabh Gharipurikar along with his 30 member group believes that a play does not exist until it is on stage. He holds workshops from time to time to train theatre enthusiasts in the city. With the Evoke: Production Oriented Acting Workshop ongoing till December 25, he tells us what to expect from the workshop
Students develop through production; be it voice, expression, performance to name a few and this is a one-month workshop that will be held everyday from 7 am to 9 am. We have purposefully decided on the timings to bring in discipline and patience among students this winter. Initially, all the participants are motivated to attend the workshops but incorporating these rules and discipline, we filter the students who are really passionate about theatre.
Through these workshops even students will be able to differentiate passion from attraction to theatre.
More than quantity, we focus on quality of the theatre that is being taught. We do have certain set of rules to be followed during the workshop and we believe that this is how one should learn. We train students in yoga, warm-up exercises, facial expressions, voice modulation, method acting to name a few in order to invoke and ignite the passion among the students.
Hyderabad definitely has a spark for theatre. The theatre is growing because of the efforts of theatre artistes like Vinay Varma, Ratna Sekhar Reddy, founder of Samhaara theatre who have been striving in the field for the last 15 years. A decade ago, there were hardly any theatre schools but today, there are more 20 theatre groups here. People need a platform to prove their worth and we, as an organization wish to reach out to people.
In order to measure the growth of theatre in Hyderabad, one has to see the workshops at grass root level and I give credit to Ratna Sekhar Reddy for his initiative. The response has only been growing with each workshop and these workshops are conducted in the heart of the city while the students come from nook and corner of the city on time.
One must understand theatre is a learning process; you don’t master anything within a month. You experience the learning, it is not like reading a book and understanding the technique, you master the technique only through practice and determination. There is no magic spell to learn theatre in a month; even the biggest of the stars begin from the basics. Sense of theatre and sense of camera are two different things when you perform. Each part of your body must be involved in the performance and stage business; these cannot be learnt in one workshop. One cannot learn without making mistakes and these workshops enable them to move out of their comfort zone and overcome their fears and mistakes.
December 16 commemorates the seventh anniversary of Udaan Performing Arts. We will be marking the happy occasion with four of our best of plays.