Archive for the ‘Theatre and Arts’ Category

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

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.


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

Act More!!

April 13, 2009

JOIN THE DOTS presents

Act More

This three hour THEATRE workshop is aimed at individuals in the age group of 14yrs – 65yrs. It is based on the principles of experiential learning. This medium of theatre is designed to help you be creative, innovative and pursue your hobby. Come de-stress as you explore theatre during the session and follow up sessions will be made available to interested individuals.

Day& Date; Saturday 18th April

Duration ; 2.30 – 5.30 pm.

Registration Fee: Rs. 500/-

Venue; Cubbon Park

You can also get in touch with me for more details

PH: 9844014223

De-Stress on Saturday Morning

April 11, 2009

Saturday morning…. long weekend…. destressing!!!! and that too at 10 in the morning. No ways. let me sleep a while longer. Well, all those who thought this way truely missed out on a great opportunity. But this was not the case for 16 participants who decided to be there.  I am sure all of them were successful in shedding a lot of stress by the end of the 3 hour session. Let us hear from them what they felt about it.

Do feel free to comment and let us know how you felt at the end of the workshop.

Here is a quick look at what happened at the workshop.


Standing L-R: Dr. Syeda, Swaroopa, Dipica, Kamini aunty, Krishnan, Yadav, Ramesh, Sunil, Nikhil, Srikanth Sitting: Tabu, Meghna, Mukesh, Sachin, Amit

Standing L-R: Dr. Syeda, Swaroopa, Dipica, Kamini aunty, Krishnan, Yadav, Ramesh, Sunil, Nikhil, Srikanth Sitting: Tabu, Meghna, Mukesh, Sachin, Amit


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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