Posts Tagged ‘Dayaprasad’

“Places I Like”

August 14, 2009

“Places I Like”

a photography exhibition

Fifteen Bangaloreans explored through the photographic medium the “Places They Like” in Bangalore under the guidance of German Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm as part of a workshop organised by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.

Exhibition Inauguration: August 14, 6.30 p.m
Exhibition on display: August 15 to 29 (9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.)

The reasons why we live in a particular city or a particular area in a city, or why we frequent certain places are not necessarily the same as those used by a city to attract tourists or enhance its image. Every city has places which are of no great interest to tourists, buildings that are not memorials, residential areas that are not very prestigious, but where people feel at home notwithstanding. Places that play a role in collective memory, or places linked to individual lives, places with special spatial or social qualities.

Such places could be areas of the city, individual streets, squares and parks, or even stores, markets, cafés or the little cinema on the corner, with which the residents have a special relationship.

The objective of the workshop in the first place is to define the subjective and personal criteria that determine the “quality of life” in a city. The focus is more on the routine and normal, rather than the unusual. Social aspects of the city (neighbourliness, the presence of smaller stores and cottage industries, etc.) that are not immediately discernible to outsiders are more important than “good” architecture and design.

It could even help in making clear the qualities of certain places or buildings that have no lobby, and provide a defence against urban planning, that all too often is based on criteria alien to the residents of the locality.


Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
716 CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore 560 038
Ph: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08-203


Dayaprasad G Kulkarni, Deepti Jois, Mallikarjun Katakol, Peeyush Sekhsaria, Apurva Mathad, Aniruddha Ghosh, Rahil Arora, Rajesh Pandey, Ravi Shankar Kolara, Swarna Kumarswamy, Arnab Dey, Kusum Dhar Prabhu, Rajeev Malagi, Archana Venson, Jyothy Karat

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


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.”

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.


DE – FENCE 14 Feb 2009

February 13, 2009

Defence is a story of two feuding neighbours – Manohar’s family is constantly victimised by Ramesh and his son Vinay who indulge in land grabbing. The Saukar of the village tries to make peace between the families and in the bargain, keeps feeding his own greed. Unable to deal with the constant victimization, Manohar’s son Surya decides to take revenge. The play reaches a point where one unfortunate event after another unfolds – murders and feuds take centre stage.

As the story unravels, draw parallels to the world around us.




“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,


Jodi… Jodi.. Odi…Odi… Mast Maja Maadi!!!!!!

December 22, 2008

Here is the update of the picnic which happened on 14th Dec. I think the pictures will speak for themselves and i wont say much.


 Thank you to everyone directly and indirectly involved in making this possible.

Meenakshi Mehta, Rahul George, family and friends, Dr Mythili, Dr Sudhindra, Mrs & Mr Kulkarni, Sunil Gaikwad, Satish NN, Karthikeyan Ramadas, Mukesh Ghatiya, Raghunandan Partha, Vishwas, Priya, Swaroopa Sahu, Afreen Fathima, Naveen, Harsha & Divya, Sheetal C, Arun M, Sujatha, Anveshi, Sumathi, Mangala, Mary, Neeraja Iyengar, Venkat.