Immediate post-independence Bengali theatre stalwarts like Shambhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, Utpal Dutta et al were self-trained, rather trained in the university of life. Today need for institutionalised training has evolved. Trainers, training organisations – as in educational scenario – are some good, a good many bad and innumerable offer indifferent pedagogy.
Nandikar started its training programs – in-house and without in schools, colleges (including IITs, IIMs), youth cultural organisations etc. in late 70s and 80s. Till date these trainings continue unless Gods above and the government on the terra-firma consider these (in the case of school education and youth theatre) irrelevant.
Now training for Nandikar ensemble, Nandikar’s children ensemble continue.
i) For the youth (18-25 years, relaxable upto 30) keen to be trained, a six-month program with twice-a-week sessions totaling eight hours (per week) shall begin in end-May. The main emphasis would be on theatre acting with additional inputs on video and audio performance (films, television, radio etc.). Trainers would include Rudrprasad Sengupta, Swatilekha Sengupta, Debshankar Halder, Sohini Sengupta and commissioned gurus from allied fields. Interested candidates would be asked to come for an interactive session with Nandikar early in May based on which a batch of 30-40 would be formed. At the end of the training when both Nandikar and a trainee find mutually engaging that trainee is inducted with Nandikar. By the way, we hear that Nandikar-trained young ones are mostly preferred in the ‘market’ like TV series etc. Last year the consolidated fees for this course was Rs. 6000. Despite inflation and price rise we shall try not to raise the amount.
Watch out this space for details of dates.
ii) Nandikar’s get-together with Children and Young started in 1989 – in schools and with pavement and slam dwelling children, spastic children, visually handicapped children and so on. In addition since 2004 we have started Sunday sessions with the young ones in the three age groups of 5 to 9, 9+ to 13 and 13+ to 18. Every Sunday and sometimes more frequently for a production they assemble not to learn theatre, but to know themselves and their friends, their body and their mind, their centre and their relatedness through theatre games and improv. The idea is to facilitate discovery and practice their their creative response to the challenges of the real. So far they have produced umpteen plays, some real good.
This is not a time-bound program. The Children and the Young are free to join any day and depart any day they like. A monthly token amount is taken to meet the costs.
iii) Training otherwise: When commissioned, Nandikar often works in colleges, universities, professional institutes. We have worked with reputed institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta, XLRI Jamshedpur, St. Xavier’s College (Kolkata), Jadavpur University, Calcutta University etc. We also have worked with corporate clients like Murugappa Group of Industries (Tamil Nadu).
Here is an article written by Rudraprasad Sengupta for those interested in our regular workshops and membership in two parts - Part Iand Part II. We request you to read them before contacting us with queries.