Archive for May, 2009

Kudos Onooja…. Great Going!!!!!

May 29, 2009

She is a budding Assamese actor presently having a relatively busy schedule in Mumbai, thanks to German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s operas, based not on conventional lifestyles, but beyond, where the rules of society are not rigid and confirmed, and where there is ample scope for innovative acting. The operas, directed by Chandan Roy Sanyal, are set to be staged at the National Centre for Performing Arts and Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, followed by a scheduled tour of Bangalore later. Yes, she is the one and only Onooja Bhuyan, daughter of Manu Bhuyan and SN Bhuyan of Lachit Nagar, Guwahati.

Onooja featured in Assam Tribune, May 2009, Panorama Section!!!!

Onooja featured in Assam Tribune, May 2009, Panorama Section!!!!

 

She was recently in the city for a short visit. A psychology graduate from Christ College, Bangalore, Onooja’s passion for acting – that took shape during the play Charlotte’s Web enacted by the students of Maria’s Public School in 2000, and staged at Kalakshetra for three evenings – led her to join the Join the Dots Group, Bangalore, where her acting skills got nurtured through six plays staged at the Centre for Film and Dramatics there, under the intense glare of theatre critics and the general public. Then, to further hone her skills, Onooja joined Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares school in Mumbai for a three-month specialised acting and film appreciation course under the watchful eyes of FTII graduate Hemendra Bhatia and NSD pass-out Yashraj Yadav and other visiting expert faculty members, she informs. There, she was familiarised with the different artistic genres, including the natural way of acting under Cannes Film Festival specialist Amit Kumar, Onooja says, adding that Actor Prepares also makes the artistes resort to routine yoga to enhance their concentration, stamina, besides making them adept in Bollywood, jazz and contemporary dances. Precisely, the Actor Prepares courses provide the aspirants with ample inputs, making them proficient in camera, scene work, theatre exercises, monologues, story build-up, direction, giving a compact but solid knowhow of the entire filmmaking process, Onooja says. Onooja’s maiden professional debut was through Manju Bora’s five-episode TV serial Upalabdhir Anugrah, which is set for telecast in DD, Guwahati shortly, she says, adding, “I’m focussing only on acting with total dedication for serials, movies, short films and ad films sans any language bar”, meaning, she is ready to try it out in South Indian, Bengali and any other language, besides, of course, Hindi and Assamese, ‘if the offers suit my taste’, she says. Its story is profound and emphasizes the importance of developing friendship for the sake of humanity amidst the backdrop of the menacing religious divide, Onooja says, informing about Upalabdhir Anugrah, where her co-actors in the lead roles included Juri Sarma and Pankaj Saikia. She has also acted in a short film titled Doll’s Play for Alliance Francaise. Onooja versatile looks – she appears a different person in different photos – coupled with a desire to achieve something big with her dedication and passion for acting, compensate for her lack of a robust stature and she really appears firm on the road to glitz and glamour – her portfolio photographs shot by Mumbai’s Pinki Manchandani tell just that. Besides, her mother Manu says, “We don’t owe any credit for whatever she has achieved in her choosen field till date, for she has ventured in the line all alone, albeit with our support and blessings.”

Simanta Bhagawati

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Join the Dots presents……

May 27, 2009

“The center of the stage is where I am.”

 
Capture this feeling in you…..all in three hours….
 
 
 
A three hour theatre workshop that is designed for anyone from 14-65 years.
 
A concept that allows you to – 
Express yourself openly
Tap into the hidden talents that you wish to nurture
Find an outlet for your brilliant ideas
Own the joy of creating a new identity in every session
Meet people from different walks of life
Understand yourself and others with an open mind
Pursue a hobby that gets more interesting just by your presence
Perform for an audience
 
Join the interactive theatre experience…
 
 

Date: 30th May 2009 (Saturday)
Duration: 3 hours
Timing: 2.30 – 5.30 pm
Registration fee: Rs.500/-
 

Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.

Geckos – Poor mans Dinosaur!!!

May 21, 2009

Geckos are small to average sized lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.

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There are an estimated 2,000 different species of geckos worldwide, with many in existence still yet to be found. The name stems from the Indonesian/Javanese word gekok, imitative of its cry. The Malay word for gecko is cicak.

All geckos, excluding the Eublepharinae family, have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors. There are also many species that will drop their tails in defense, a process called autotomy.

Many species are well known for their specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces, and even cross indoor ceilings with ease (it has been suggested that the Van der Waal’s force may contribute to this capability).

These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human habitations. These species (for example the House Gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are seldom really discouraged because they feed on insects.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Lacertilia

Family: Gekkonidae {Gray, 1825}

Subfamilies

Aeluroscalabotinae

Eublepharinae

Gekkoninae

Teratoscincinae

Diplodactylinae

WORKSHOPS GALORE!!!

May 16, 2009

Join the dots invites you to Workshops this weekend…
 
1. Personal Development – Connecting with people
 The theatre workshop is designed to allow individuals to experience ways and means of connecting with people around them and building genuine relationships.
Date: 16th May (Saturday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 2.30 – 5.30 pm
Venue: 5th floor, Times of India Building, MG Road
Registration fee: Rs. 500/-
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014
 
2. Kaleidoscope – A theatre workshop created exclusively for children and parents to explore creativity.
Focus will be on enhancing communication between parents and children – giving them a platform to collaborate creatively
Date – 17th May 2009 (Sunday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 10am – 1pm
Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.
Registration fee: Rs.1000/- per parent and child.
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014
 
3. Staged – A theatre workshop created exclusively for couples
 Couples will experience the exhilaration, the fun, the irony and the melodrama of relationships integrated into theatre. Focus will be on giving couples an opportunity to get to know a little more about each other via this creative workshop.
Date – 17th May 2009 (Sunday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 2.30 – 5.30pm
Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.
Registration fee: Rs.1000/- per couple.
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014

MUSIC for a cause

May 12, 2009
Music Video for song created by Music Director Ricky Kej protesting against the unnecessary chopping of trees to pave way for the Metro in Bangalore.
Lyrics and singer: Avinash Chebbi.
Starring: Kitty, Kiran, Charu Sharma and Muddu Krishna.

 

Mr. Ricky Kej, friend and well known Music Director, Ad Jingle producer and Musician has extended his support for the campaign against felling of the trees in Lalbagh and development of Metro. Ricky Kej has composed a jingle as a tribute to nature.

Listen to it here and feel free to download and forward it to all Bangloreans.