November@theDSM: Dramatic reading of Shanta Gokhale's new piece!

With November, we become more aware that the year is about to end. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. You can make it better by being a part of theatre by participating in a workshop, be part of the conversation surrounding theatre, or even just attending a reading of a new play by the legendary Shanta Gokhale!

In November, we bring you three amazing events to be a part of. The details as follows.

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Explorations with Body, Sound and Space with Sanjukta Wagh

The Drama School Mumbai has arranged yet another Foundation Skills in Acting workshop in November. Conducted by dancer-actor Sanjukta Wagh, ‘Exploration with Body, Sound and Space’ will focus on learning to imbibe elements of sound and movement to enhance performance.

The workshop will use learning processes developed by Sanjukta which comprise of various methodologies – classical and contemporary dance techniques, Hindustani classical music, Voice-Movement therapy, Yoga, and improvisation within the movement. At the end of the workshop, participants will have an insight on using the body, space and sound in performance and understanding the basic elements of improvisation with sound and movement for performance.

Workshop takeaways:

  • Exploration of movement and its basic components
  • Understanding the use of the body and voice as a tool in performance
  • Develop and build presence in performance, working with focus and clear intent
  • Understanding the mechanics of sound and rhythm in performance, and learning to embody text (with a focus on poetry)

About Sanjukta Wagh:

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London | Co-founder, Beej

Sanjukta Wagh is the co-founder of an interdisciplinary initiative called Beej, which is engaged in exploring the creative process and improvisation, alternative methods of classical dance, pedagogy, and collaborative performance, since the year 2005.

Sanjukta has trained extensively under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak and Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani music. Her engagement with theatre was honed by playwright-director Chetan Datar, Navarasa Sadhana training with G Venu, a year-long experience at the Trinity Laban School of Dance, London, her love of literature, and a deep unease with comfort zones. Encompassing all these have led to her interdisciplinary and exploratory mode of work.

Sanjukta has been a curator for dance at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in the year 2009, 2012, and 2013. She has been honoured with several awards and scholarships including the Vinod Doshi Award for Significant Work in Performing Arts, Sur Singar Samsad’s Singar Mani, British Council’s Charles Wallace scholarship among others.



Date: 20th to 24th November | Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Venue: Fifth Floor, Purandare Hall, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.

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Performance@theDSM: Backstagewala Koni


Every theatrewala has a burning desire to perform onstage, but what one encounters before being onstage is the world of the inglorious backstage.

Backstagewala Koni is a narrative that gives inner shades from the life of a struggling actor who wants that one desperate chance to prove himself and satisfy his longing passion. He tries hard, struggling to enter a theatre group, to get even a single entry on the elusive stage. The performance humorously represents the variety in the life of a theatre actor, its audience, and critics, who come together to develop a full set of drama.

The play also deliberately points out the various different perspectives and ideologies of people who pursue theatre and arts. Backstagewala Koni is a story of a young actor and his overwhelming journey working backstage. But is he successful and satisfied at the end of it all?

Production House

Written and directed by
Yugandhar Deshpande

Geetanjali Kulkarni
Shilpa Sane
Umesh Jagtap/ Suhas Sirsat
Swapnil Sarav
Kiran Pavaskar

Duration: 50 mins

Language: Marathi

Date and time: 28th October, 7 PM
Venue: 5th Floor, The Drama School Mumbai, Girgaon, Mumbai – 400 004
Tickets: Rs. 200/-

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