Shakespeare in Indian Languages
Thulaseedhara Kurup graduated from the National School of Drama in 1998. He has worked as a resource person for the National School of Drama and Regional Resources Centre, Bangalore. He has worked with eminent theatre personalities like Marius Orski, John Russel brown, Sure Weston, Betty Bernard, B.V.Karanth, Bansi Kaul, Mohan Maharshi, Ramgopal Bajaj, Anuradha Kapoor, D.R.Ankur, M.K.Raina, Prasanna, Maya Rao, Anamika Haksar and directed plays like Macbeth, Riders of the Sea, Sakharam Binder, The Walls, Kadhabeejam. Awarded two times, individual production grant from Department of Culture for directing Euripedes's "Medea" and G.Sankaran Pillai's "Bharathavakyam." Directed teleplays Vijay Tendulkar's "Papa Kho Gaya" (DD National), Cyclewala (DD Delhi), Poochasanyasi (DD Kerala). Was associate director for Sanjay Khan's serial "1857 Kranti" and "Aladin".
School of Drama established in 1977 under the direction of Prof. G.Sankaran Pillai offers BTA (Bachelor of Theatre Arts), MTA (Master of Theatre Arts), M.A. (Music) and M.Phil and PhD integrated in Theatre Arts. The school conducts student placement programmes, seminars and workshops in collaboration with international universities. Alumni of the school are working in theatre groups around India, in films, Television and in government cultural bodies.
Chetan Datar, a commerce graduate from Mumbai University wrote a script for his own life to get into theatre. Over the years, he has become a writer, actor and director of enviable repute, He trained for twelve years under Pt.Satyadev Dubey and next twelve years worked with the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai as research assistant. Later he took to theatre full time and gradually became a part of Awishkar founded by Arvind and Sulabha Deshpande, Arun Kakade and Vijay Tendulkar. He has written many plays in Marathi and Hindi and has directed over 25 plays.
Awishkar, founded in 1971 is a group of serious theatre minded people formed to give free expression to the ideas and thoughts, which are sacred to us in theatre. Awishkar has produced and staged around 3500 performances and 142 plays and has organized 19 theatre festivals. Over the years Awishkar has become the mother theatre institution and has remained in the forefront of parallel theatre movement. Has also organized 15 children's film festivals and has published the books "Rang Nayak", "Te ani amhi" and "Awishkar Tishi" (thirty years of Awishkar")
Arjun Raina is a writer, dancer and actor who graduated from Delhi University in 1982-85. Trained as an actor at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1987-88, Arjun learned modern movement techniques, voice and text routines, jazz dancing, During this period, special emphasis was placed on adapting classical texts like Shakespeare to modern times.
He has trained as a Kathakali dancer at the International Center for Kathakali, New Delhi, and performed a major Kathakali repertoire.
From 1990 to 1995, Arjun Raina was a teacher of 'Voice' and 'Acting' at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He helped the faculty in creating a methodology of training that included both the traditional as well as modern techniques of actor training. He translated Stanislavsky's 'An Actor Prepares' into Hindi for the students. He also held a number of seminars to compare and show the similarity between a Kathakali dancers training and that described by Stanislavsky in 'An Actor Prepares'. Arjun has been in workshops with some of the finest theatre practioners in India and abroad, such as Cicely Berry [RSC, London], B.V. Karanth [Mysore], Naseeruddin Shah, Sue Weston, Arianne Mnoushkin and others.
For more on Arjun Raina and Monica Singh’s work, visit www.arjunraina.com.