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A boon for budding actors

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For the last two years, we have been asking NSD to conduct programmes in Vizag. Finally, they have given a nod for this year,” pointed out Chalasani Jayaprada, Founder of Nrutyotsav Organisation.

Visakhapatnam: “Earlier, I took training in acting at Rama Naidu Film School in Hyderabad. But, the kind of learning that is happening in this workshop being organised by the National School of Drama is quite different, more professional and intensive,” says Raj Sekhar, who wants to see himself as an actor.

Highlights:

  • The 30-day course curriculum of NSD training workshop touches up on range of topics, including voice and speech modulation, yoga, intro to theatre, acting theory, costume deigning, make-up and requisites of an actor, says Shaik John Bhasheer, researcher at SN School of Arts, University of Hyderabad
  • “When we learn heavy vehicle or lorry driving, it will be easy to drive a car. In the same way, getting trained in theatre acting makes new artiste versatile, preparing him/her to perform in any kind of formats,” said participants Krishna and Abhishek

For the first time in Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation of the state, National School of Drama (NSD) is conducting one-month workshop for artistes at Andhra University.

This has become a boon for budding actors of Vizag and for others in the state. Among the 25 artistes, as many as 10 Telugu artistes are taking part in the sessions to hone their acting skills.

The workshop of National School of Drama was part of an extension project with an aim to reach out more number of acting enthusiasts from the local regions by offering short-term courses in direction, acting and stage setting, said MK Raina, popular theatre actor and director, who is taking theatre classes at the workshop.

“For the last two years, we have been asking NSD to conduct programmes in Vizag. Finally, they have given a nod for this year,” pointed out Chalasani Jayaprada, Founder of Nrutyotsav Organisation.

Recalling that in 1980’s she took training in the similar workshop held by NSD at Andhra University under the guidance of MK Raina, Jayaprada said with the proliferation of social media and video-on demand formats, there has been a lot of scope for actors to perform unlike in the past.

“We make it a point that artistes understand the link between theatre and society. For this, sessions on social awareness and social relevance are being taken,” said MK Raina.

The 30-day course curriculum of NSD training workshop touches up on range of topics, including voice and speech modulation, yoga, intro to theatre, acting theory, costume deigning, make-up and requisites of an actor, said Shaik John Bhasheer, researcher at SN School of Arts, University of Hyderabad. Besides a film would be screened daily and later followed by in-depth discussion, he added.

“When we learn heavy vehicle or lorry driving, it would be easy to drive a car. In the same way, getting trained in theatre acting makes new artiste versatile, preparing him/her to perform in any kind of formats and media”, said Krishna and Abhishek, participants.

At the end of the course, there would a theatre play in the city with all the 25 participants in the workshop, according to trainers.

By Y Abhishek Paul

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