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Upcoming in Pondicherry: Actor’s workshop at AdiShakti

AdiShakti has announced the dates for the latest SOPE – in January 2017
3 – 12 January 2017

– – – HOW TO APPLY – – –

To initiate the process of booking please send us a small CV and acceptance letter by email. For further correspondence please write to the following email address:

Or call:

Apoorva : +919047530689

Nimmy: +919487514962

As seats are limited, send in your forms early. On hearing from us regarding your selection, book your place by sending an advance of the full fee.

Fee will be INR 45,000/- including lesson fee, accommodation on a twin sharing basis, food, laundry, etc.

For wire transfer / bank transfer the details are given below:

Name of Account Holder: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research
Account Number: 05640200027975
Account Type: Current Account
Name and Address of Bank: Bank of Baroda, No 58-60 Vellala Street,
Pudhucherry 605001
MICR Code Number: 605012002
payments by demand draft should be payable to ALTAR or Adishakti and posted to:
Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research, Adwaitam,8 Appavou Nagar, Vazhakulam, Pondicherry 605012,India

We request that foreign nationals contact us at the coordinates below before initiating any payment transaction.

Before making either wire transfer or demand draft payment please intimate us at
the following coordinates:

Email :

Apoorva : +919047530689

How to reach Adishakti
You can reach Adishakti from Chennai (the nearest airport and main train station) by road. It is a three hour journey by bus and a two and a half hour journey by taxi. From Bangalore there are direct buses to Pondicherry which take approximately seven hours.
The Adishakti Campus is 8 kilometers from Pondicherry and is 100meters off the Chennai-Tindivanam-Pondicherry highway/ the Bangalore-Tindivanam- Pondicherry highway.
Should participants need to be picked up from Chennai we could engage taxis which would meet them and bring them directly to Adishakti. A taxi charge for such a pick up is approximately Rs.2700/-,79.790767,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x3a5366d09c954a8b:0xcdafc887f69c9e7d!8m2!3d11.9872884!4d79.7924137?hl=en


Theater in Bangalore + Congratulations

Today: The one thing that I do love a great deal as a theatre teacher is introduce the different local artists to children, and the various places that you can access such art. In class today we spoke about theatre buildings, troupes, and productions. I felt so energised when we had discussions around them. Today we spoke of the different theatre spaces in Bangalore, and how there are shows going on every day of the year. So much culture in our lives.

Congrats to Abhishek Majumdhar’s Djinns of Eidgah cast and crew who are performing @ Royal Court Theatre having Peter Brook in the audience and receiving his compliments for the play!! Makes me so happy to hear this!! Congrats Abhishek!!  Check out Abhishek’s brief interview about the play below


What is a Green Room?

Many times we sit in a green room and wonder what really gave it it’s name. I personally did not know this myself. Was reading Brewer’s Theatre Phrase dictionary today and came across this piece of information.

Green Room: A backstage room in a theatre set aside for use by the cast and stage crew. The term was introduced in the late 17th century. Large theatres had several such rooms for relaxation, conversation and the reception of visitors before and after a performance. Such areas were traditionally painted green, thought it is also possible that the phrase was a corruption of the name ‘scene’ (scenery)

Ranga Shankara's green room - image from the Internet

Ranga Shankara’s green room – image from the Internet

In our own practice of theatre, actors and make up artists, costume people meet in the “green room” before and during the play to get ready and get their make up done. Green room is a term that has become associated with all the back stage activity such as the group huddle before the play and a meeting place for the players and the crew.

Bangalore Theatre Trivia: The great make up artist from Bangalore, a pioneer in many areas of theatre in Bangalore, B N Nani spend a lot of his time in the theatre with artists and directors on and back stage. His house is called Green Room. #Bangaloretheatretrivia