Posts Tagged ‘JTD’

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.

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

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

drdayaprasad99@gmail.com

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

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: http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=54&contentid=2009031420090314191330818224f7d83&sectxslt=

JTD helps beat Recession……..

March 13, 2009
Deccan Herald, 13 March 2009

Deccan Herald, 13 March 2009

NO RECESSION
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.”

Click here for the actual page: http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Mar132009/metro20090312123641.asp

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.”