Archive for March, 2009

Theatre workshop

March 26, 2009

Join the dots presents a 3 hour theatre workshop Lend me your voice…. Speak for someone Let someone speak for you Follow the voice in sync Create something new It’s as easy as 123…

1. Sign up for the workshop

2. Listen to the magic of voice

3. See it come alive in a performance

Date: 28th March, Saturday

Timing: 2.30-5.30 pm

Venue: Cubbon Park

Registration fee: Rs.500/-

Ph: 9844014223

Meeting Macbeth.. Repeat show!!

March 22, 2009

Meeting Macbeth, a devised performance, at the premises of Sukrupa, #15, G.R.Layout, Cholanayakanahalli, R.T.Nagar (Near Rajiv Gandhi Dental College), on Monday, the 23rd of March, at seven P.M.
‘Meeting Macbeth’ is a piece created in our recent workshop on physicality, voice, breath, rhythm and movement through Shakespearean text. It is about ‘meeting’ Macbeth – discovering the archetypal Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who lie within us.  The performers explore the connections between Macbeth and their personal lives, and the world they (and indeed all of us) live in, by sharing personal stories inspired by and created in response to the text. It is also an exploration of the interconnections of masculine and feminine energy in the form of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and their interrelationship, as well as looking at the witches and looking for their meaning and significance through acts of ritual, play, movement, song and dance. The performance attempts to look at the human face of Macbeth – at the man behind the mask of  the painted devil, trying to find that human face in the mirror. In so doing, it laments the passing of an inner state of beauty, and its replacement with a world of cynicism where a religion of love is turned into a religion of blood, where unknowing and terror haunt our footsteps. Above all, the performance is a celebration of theatre – of all the rasaas of the Indian tradition, and is thus ultimately an attempt to celebrate Shakespeare through Indian performance aesthetics, and in so doing, celebrate the human self itself.
This performance is being presented in association with Sukrupa, an NGO whose mission is to help underprivileged children escape a background of poverty, slum life, illiteracy and ignorance, replacing these challenges with hope and opportunities available to mainstream children.

Cast: Dayaprasad, Mythili, Neelam, Richa and Vindhya

Entry is by invitation only, and is restricted to thirty people.

Please call 9844014223 or mail

Deccan Herald, !9 March 2009

Deccan Herald, !9 March 2009

Reflections in the mirror..

March 19, 2009

Presented by Join the dots

Come see the reflection of your idea, thought and fantasy become real

Its as easy as 1-2-3

1. Sign up for the workshop

2. Bring an Idea, a Thought and a Fantasy with you

3. See it come alive in a three-hour theatre workshop

Venue; Cubbon Park

Date;Saturday- 21st March

Time; 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Registration Fee; Rs.500/-

PH: 9844014223

Theatre Personality says….

March 15, 2009

Theatre – Rahul george, theatre personality
A recent play that I liked the most is an adaptation of the book Five Point Someone that was performed by a theatre group called Evam that is based in Chennai. Usually, when a play is based on a book, it tends to fall short of details, but this one seems to have woven all the intricate details and that is what makes it a treat to watch. Everything was brought out excellently in the play in minimal sets.

Read it here in todays Bangalore Mirror:

JTD helps beat Recession……..

March 13, 2009
Deccan Herald, 13 March 2009

Deccan Herald, 13 March 2009

Down, but not out
Madhuri Kalyan
Metrolife catches up with the youth in the City who have not let recession affect their lives

The dark clouds of recession are still looming, and for many employees, the threat of layoffs is still at large. In this seemingly dire situation, we tracked some youngsters who refused to let the environment impact them; rather, they impact the environment by turning it into a positive experience, and were also courageous enough to come on record to speak about their experiences. One of them is Raghavendra Puranam, an IIT graduate.

He says being spiritual has helped him cope with the turn of events after getting laid off . “Although I lost my job, it did bring out some positive things too. This crisis has given me that chance to discover how strong, calm and confident I have become due to regular practice of yoga and meditation, and I could smile even while the news was being conveyed to me. This is a result of regular and continuous practice of the techniques that I had learned from a workshop when I was in final year of college in IIT Madras. It did not take me a second to decide what I will do next, I will attend the teachers training programme conducted by the the same team and spread this wonderful knowledge to other youth.”

For Yadav B V, a software engineer, it’s a chance to explore his theatre skills, “I recently attended a theatre workshop by ‘Join the Dots’ and that helped me loosen up a lot. I plan to attend more theatre workshops in future, but am also on a lookout for a job simultaneously.”

Although, it is not easy to handle suddenly being out of a job, most people can get jobs back as easily, says Sundeep Tangirala, a team lead in a software company, “My team has shrunk down by 15 to 20 per cent after the recession, and those who are laid off are given adequate notice, with almost six month of paychecks, and many I know have got three to four offers before they got out of the company. The job market is always on a hunt for new, talented people.”

But for some, their job is not the end of it all, but an opportunity to explore bigger aspirations in life. Says Raghavendra, “It has given me an opportunity to explore two other options which I wouldn’t have if I was in a full time job. First, entrepreneurship in aerospace field and second, focusing on service activities. Looking for a job comes last in my priority list.”

Says Sanjay Gulabani, director of a software company, and a facilitator of programmes for youth called YES!,
“Recession is like an eraser on a big white-board filled with crap. I guess nature has given us recessions to erase filth and create a better value-based sane world, free of societal illnesses such as corruption and greed for power or money, both caused because of an insecurity and fear due to improper distribution of intelligence and resources.”

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PIXEL en INC in Bengaluru Pages!!!!!!

March 13, 2009

To know more about them check out their website

The Bengaluru Pages Feb 16 - 28 2009. In the Pic: Karthik and Mukesh in their new office!!

The Bengaluru Pages Feb 16 - 28 2009. In the Pic: Karthik and Mukesh in their new office!!

In the Presss again!!!!

March 11, 2009
Bangalore Mirror, 11 March 2009. In the Pic: Raghu, Mukesh and Doc (Dayaprasad) in the middle of a session.

Bangalore Mirror, 11 March 2009. In the Pic: Raghu, Mukesh and Doc (Dayaprasad) in the middle of a session.

Publication:Bangalore Mirror; Date:Mar 11, 2009; Section:City; Page Number:11

Bettering lives through theatre Join the Dots organisation does not believe in just producing plays. Helping people from all age groups overcome their fears and imbibe soft skills through theatre is its aim NISHANTH S COONTOOR

Theatre, for most audiences, is a medium through which they might find some entertainment while for an artiste it is a forum to express himself without any hitches. Well, how would it be if there was a role reversal wherein the audience became the artiste who, given the full freedom of expression in this medium, learned to overcome his fears and add to his life skills? Join the Dots, an organisation that regularly conducts theatre workshops, is doing just this. Changing lives, while taking theatre to the people, even those without professional aspirations.

Started by Rahul George in 2004, the group has been imparting soft skills, helping build team spirit and settle any issues that a person might have through theatre. “We conduct theatre workshops for age groups between six and 65 years where we get people from various backgrounds like medicine, engineers, CEOs, housewives, school children and senior citizens. Participants don’t always want to be actors. They just want to explore their creativity and do something with it,” explains Rahul.

“Theatre is such a strong medium, and something that I was always interested in. I have worked in the corporate sector and know the importance of combining vocational skills professionally,” he says.


Join the Dots has been conducting workshops for corporate houses such as Wipro and Infosys among others. Explaining how the group imparts skills that can be absorbed and polished through this medium, Meenakshi, who has been with it since 2005, says, “When we write a play, it is not written keeping a particular person in mind. It happens often that a 20-something has to play the role of a 65-year-old and vice versa. Unlike in traditional plays, we give them full liberty to put up an act of how they perceive a 60 year old, without giving them instructions.” She has taught before, but it’s the uniqueness that interests her. “We do not have any fixed syllabus which is taught to a large group of people. We look at catering to every individual’s need, which is different,” she says. Rahul adds, “Every scene has no dominating person or character. It’s always teamwork that pays. Suppose this scene is performed by a group from the workplace, it only sensitises them to understand this. And it is this sensitising of people that relaxes them, opens them and simply puts across the importance of dealing with people.”

They have also had participants looking for mentoring and counselling, hoping to discover their career paths, looking to resolve conflicts or to simply discover their true selves.

It may not be an easy task, but the response and satisfaction keeps them going. “We have had many participants who developed courage to move on to bigger projects. And yes, there were a few who have even become actors, and have even begun their institutes,” says Meenakshi.

Musten Jiruwala who runs his own software firm Software Techmust, joined this workshop in 2005. “Stage fear was a major hurdle that I overcame during the workshops. Apart from this, I feel I have become more confident and am also a lot more creative,” he says. And he says he can communicate better now. “During a play, an actor has to speak focusing on his audience. I have now applied this to my business where I explain keeping my client in my mind, something that I did not understand earlier.” Musten still goes back very often and is writing plays when not working.


Karthikeyan Ramadas used the training to follow his dreams. “I worked in the ATS industry where it was simply monotonous. I felt that I was creative enough to do something on my own. I joined the workshop because I was interested in writing plays. Acting, I felt, was not my cup of tea because I would stammer a lot. After a lot scripting, I was encouraged to overcome my stammer.” Karthikeyan now acts, and even delivers dialogues with no hesitation. He chucked his old job to begin his own ad agency called Pixelenic with his friend. “Actually, I owe this to Rahul and Meenakshi,” he says. “I was scared and skeptical if I would be able to carry this off. It was their advice and support that gave me the courage.”

Meenakshi says, “We want to do something in the NGO sector. We will be working on projects with children. We want to help them by conducting fun and learning exercises in whatever small way we can.”

The Fall of the Blackbucks…..

March 11, 2009
Deccan Herald 10 March 2009

Deccan Herald 10 March 2009


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March 5, 2009
Let me close my eyes on this
what i behold shall thus remain
recorded lifelong on my brain
a scene of mingled hurt and bliss
a still epitome of life.
This shall become as time wears on
a legendary thing that bears
the crumblings from this perfect cast
a joy i shall always feed upon
an immortality of tears.

Saturday Workshop

March 5, 2009
Deccan Herald 05 March 2009

Deccan Herald 05 March 2009