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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.

WORKSHOP ROUTE

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.

OVERCOMING COMPLEXES

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.”

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Saturday Workshop

March 5, 2009
Deccan Herald 05 March 2009

Deccan Herald 05 March 2009

Meeting Macbeth…..

February 27, 2009

Logos Theatre is presenting an evening of two short performances at 7 pm on Sunday, the 1st of March – Meeting Macbeth, and Ulysses, at the The Ants Store, #2023/B, 1st Cross, 14th A Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore.
Meeting Macbeth is a sharing of work created in our ongoing workshop on physicality, voice, breath, and movement through Shakespearean text. It is about ‘meeting’ Macbeth – discovering the archetypal Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who lie within us. The piece is presented by the workshop participants who are not professional actors but some of whom have training in dance, martial arts, music, etc. The performers explore the connections between Macbeth and their personal lives, and the world they live in. It is also an exploration of the interconnections of masculine and feminine energy in the form of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and their interrelationship. The performance lasts forty minutes.

Cast: Dayaprasad, Mythili, Neelam, Richa, Issac and Vindhya

Ulysses is a solo work-in-progress performed by Arka Mukhopadhyay. It is based on the poem of the same name by Tennyson, but it tries to go beyond the Ulyesses we get to see in the text, by searching for the essential wanderer in him through the use of songs that speak of journeys and passing.

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“Theatre for all”

February 7, 2009

Join the dots presents  an opportunity to explore what it means to be Yourself Creative Un-prompted Relaxed Every workshop is designed to develop traits that will help you Listen attentively Collaborate Be an Actor 5 session evening theatre classes Batch duration – Feb 9th to Feb 13th 2009 Timing: 7.00 – 8.30 pm Registration fee: Rs.1000/- Age group: 10 to 65 years.

You can contact me on +919844014223, drdayaprasad99@gmail.com

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Art for ART’s (Anti-retroviral Therapy) Sake….

December 28, 2008

These are some of the drawings done by the children during the picnic. Most of them 6 – 8 years old. To buy the original framed Art works please leave a comment and conatct me.

When the Curtain calls…..

November 25, 2008

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Bangalore Mirror, 24th Nov. 2008, Pg. 28

Rahul George, Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008

How many times have you witnessed a weepy session or a flaming row and walked away saying  “Drama queen” under your breath? If you’ve done it as often as we all have, it’s time for theatre-based learning.Theatre-based learning helps individuals not only to understand human behaviour better, but also to manage it effectively. The experiential platform allows every individual to tap into their experiences and derive newer learnings from it. As it’s a group based activity, one gets to learn even from the experiences of others.Theatre is an experiential medium that opens up an individual at a physical and mental level, appealing to all his senses.Exercises in breathing and listening have helped individuals improve their communication skills tremendously. One advantage that most people who have attended such programmes feel is that they are able to listen to others better – not just hear but listen.

As Dr Daya says, “Being a doctor, I understood that theatre is a very good means to understand people. Applying subtle skills learnt during various workshops has given me better insight into my patients. I am in a better position to gauge their comfort levels, read their body language and above all make them feel comfortable, so that they can discuss their problems openly with me.”

Theatre helps individuals understand that alternative perceptions always exist when they deal with people, situations and more importantly even themselves. It makes a person aware of the subtleties of human behaviour – the finer nuances like gestures, facial expressions and body language which speak a lot in any interaction between individuals.

When applied in the workplace, individuals find it easier to assimilate concepts. Character study – an exercise in studying the role one is acting out in a play helps individuals understand different shades to a personality – when applied at the workplace it reduces the areas of conflict between co-workers to a great extent.

Ajay swears by his experiences, “My ability to respect and understand different types of characters is what I’ve banked upon in various interactions of mine with people and it is something that I use tremendously in my journey forwards both professionally and personally.”

Theatre can break barriers between individuals across the hierarchy in all organisations. As Sachin says, “I have to interact with a lot of functional experts spread across a wide variety of cross-functional and multi-cultural teams. My experiences with theatre helped me build trust with my colleagues in Germany.”

A job is a job is a job… What could make it exciting and interesting would be the people around. As a tool for learning, theatre encourages enthusiasm in working together daily.

(Rahul George is CEO & Head of Training – Join the Dots)

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Theatre and Arts – Appreciating the Course to begin with!!

November 15, 2008

Dear art lovers, it s been a great pleasure and honour  to have been a part of the recently concluded Theatre and Arts Appreciation course. Sincere thanks to RangaShankara (read Arundati Nag) and gratitude towards the Conductor, so to say – Sadanand Menon. Blessed we were, as Aru maam rightly mentioned to have listened to the precious stories of the Whos Who in the Art and Music world.

It also gave us the opportunity to witness some of the most extraordinaly, meticulous, out of the world and simple theatrical performances. We could understand them better, having had discussions with the cast and crew of some of these plays.

The course has definately opened our eyes to the Art world (given a new perspective to those who already had their eyes open). Hope to keep the quest going and hoping to learn lots more.

Here are some photographs and briefs of a few of the plays we watched together.

The “Enlightened Souls”

The enlightened lot with our guide and mentor Sadanand Menon

The enlightened lot with our guide and mentor Sadanand Menon

 

Navroze Contractor Jazzing up the session

Navroze Contractor Jazzing up the session

 

Navroze Contractor shared some candid moments and experiences right from his childhood to his latest Bharat Parikrama.