The Festive Spirit: An interview with Prasad Vanarase

Interviewed and written by Arwa Janjali


Vidyanidhee Vanarase (Prasad) has been a recognised name in the theatre circuit in Pune. After playing different roles such as a teacher, director, arts and cultural manager… he has an exciting addition to his theatre profile – Founder Director of the International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR).

IAPAR is the first-of-its-kind initiative in Pune city to bring together theatre practitioners and arts educators from across the globe. Its annual IAPAR International Theatre Festival has become the most looked forward to event ever since its launch last year.

In conversation with Prasad on IAPAR’s theatre extravaganza and the blooming trend of festivals in the country.

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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/-

Book tickets here.

Conversations@theDSM: Shernaz Patel and Manjiri Pupala

After a small break in September, Conversations@theDSM is back in October!

This month we have veteran theatre actor and co-founder of RAGE Productions, Shernaz Patel, who will be interviewed. Shernaz has an immense experience in acting, not only in theatre, but also in films and TV. A multi-talented thespian, Shernaz was born and brought up in a theatre family as her parents, Ruby and Burjor Patel, have been two of the most prominent figures in Gujarati theatre.

Shernaz Patel will be taking us through her life, her idea of theatre, RAGE, and also give an insight about how growing up in a theatre family helped her as a person and a thespian.

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Weekend Acting Programme with Maneesh Verma


The DSM’s Weekend Acting Programme is back!

This time we have actor, director, producer, and Artistic Director of the Actors’ Cult Theatre Company, Maneesh Verma, conducting this acting workshop over three consecutive weekends. The details of the workshop are as follows:

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Let Your Voice be Heard: Musings and mechanics of the new age of oral storytelling

by Zohra Malik

Photo via Gratisography

Once upon a time; in a place that could be anywhere in the world; people gathered to tell stories. Everything, from the neighbourhood gossip to legends and myths, took shape through recounted narratives. Today, in an era where voices are being silenced by the noise of gunshots fired outside homes, let us go down the rabbit hole and explore where storytelling came from and where it is headed to.

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A Look Back: The Alexander Technique with Sarah Barfoot

An initial exploration of the Alexander Technique might seem a fair bit complicated. But one also realises that, as a performer, it is probably one of the most effective tools to enhance your craft. A good teacher will not only give you the techniques to do this, but she will enable you to imbibe it to your regular practice. And that is exactly what Sarah Barfoot’s two day intensive workshop in Alexander Technique did for its participants.

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A Look Back: Acting Through Voice with Hetal Varia

The Foundation Skills in Acting workshop in the month of September was titled Acting Through Voice, facilitated by Hetal Varia. The workshop was a five day programme, designed to facilitate an understanding of the role of voice in performance by going to the depth of the contents of what voice is all about and how to better its delivery.

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October Schedule for @theDSM!

After a little break in September, we’re back with @theDSM in October with a brilliant talk with Shernaz Patel and an interesting performance based piece.

Here is how it will go down in October.


14th Oct- 5pm

A talk with Shernaz Patel
Theatre/film actress

Shernaz will share her amazing journey in theatre, stories of her childhood growing up in a family of theatrewallahs, her successes and setbacks, her theatre child Rage Productions, and her views on theatre in India and around.


28th Oct – 7pm

“Backstagewalla Koni”
Written and designed by -Yugandhar Deshpande
(Marathi, Hindi, English)

A combination of reading, performance, interactions and a lot more about theatre, the addas, the people, the groups and everything that surrounds the theatre world off-stage.



The DSM will hold a Weekend Acting Programme with Maneesh Verma in October. Watch this space for updates on further details.


We hope to see you @theDSM!