young monks : theatre training course for children

Young monks : Theatre training course for Children

We are delighted to launch a one year theatre training course for children. This course will touch upon various aspects of theatre including script writing, relationship between body and space, dramatics, movement , voice training, musicality, set design, etc.

Designed and delivered by experienced and accomplished practitioners this theater program will end with a production and publication.

There are currently three centers to choose from

  • Lake Town
  • Loudon Street
  • Lake Gardens

To register or to know more please call 8697919308, or email

Learning objectives:

To hone acting skills (voice, pronunciation, expressions)
To facilitate the enhancement of creativity, spontaneity and imagination
To encourage group work
To increase awareness of immediate surroundings
To inculcate sensitivity towards peers, elders and youngsters
To develop acceptance and understanding of people who are different (in terms of gender, abilities, economic/social class, religion, region, language etc.)

Facilitators’ Note:

We look at theatre not just as an art, but as an approach to life. This training program could be helpful in facilitating holistic development of the participants. In the weekly classes, the children would be encouraged to speak up and participate in activities. They would be motivated to read, to look at and analyse material beyond their school curriculum. In other words, apart from equipping the children with basic acting skills, the workshop would strive to complement formal education with a carefully designed life skills training programme. The age range of participants has been deliberately kept wider than that in the typical classrooms for the sake of diversity, which is the key in inclusion and participation. We truly believe in learning together – so there are no ‘teachers’, there are ‘facilitators’ who create the environment of learning and, in the process, learn themselves.

About the Facilitators

Debleena Tripathi

She is a theatre consultant: trainer, playwright/director/performer, conducting workshops in schools and among various target groups. The first play she wrote, “Hariye Jete Nei Mana” was produced by Nandikar and staged at the Nandikar National Theatre Festival, 2009. Another play written by her, “Chharapatra”, produced by 4th Bell Theatres was staged at the same festival in 2015. Previously she has been a part of Nandikar (2005-11) and 4th Bell Theatres (Founder-Secretary/Member, 2010-16). The plays written and directed by her include Notun Path (2012), Naatok (2013), Spotlight (2015), Dil ki Duniya (2016) and others.

Her educational background also contributes to her storytelling endeavours. Debleena has completed MA, Comparative Literature (Jadavpur University) and MA, Applied and Participatory Theatre (Royal Holloway, University of London), both with distinction. She has undertaken the following Practice-Research projects, both of which have storytelling practices at their core:

“Storytelling with Children and Young Adults in Kolkata: Possibilities for the Emergence of Cross-Socio-Cultural Aesthetics”, under the supervision of Dr. Emma Cox; coordinated workshops at Heritage Engineering College, Kolkata; Notun Path School, Kolkata and Barisha Uchha Balika Bidyalay, Kolkata , 2015

“Slough Stories”, under the supervision of Prof. Helen Nicholson, in association with the Slough Libraries, 2015

Pradip Chattopadhay (Bulada)

Pradip Chattopadhyay is musician, performer & a sound artist. He has been the founding member of Ḿohiner Ghoraguli´ which has been an iconic rock band in Bengal. An civil engineer by training, he has traveled the world to perform and work. He is a prolific performer and is passionate about his experiments & research in sound and performance.

Janardan Ghosh

Janardan Ghosh is an actor & theatre director, storyteller and a playwright from Kolkata, who has been experimenting with both forms and themes in his performances. Indeed much of the past work has explored the themes of spirituality, myth, gender, sexuality and society. he is currently completing his doctorate in ´Performance and Shri Ramakrishna from the Ramakrishna Mission University. Janardan Ghosh has trained and worked with several international and national theatre and film directors and is a critically acclaimed theatre practitioner in contemporary Bengal. He has worked with major international directors ad performed, taught at various places in India & abroad.

Saikat Surai

Saikat Surai is a Crossmedia practitioner based in Kolkata, whose work stretches across videos, installations, print-making, animation and painting. He is also a relentless designer who has designed major architectural projects, namely the Kolkata Movietone Studios, Kolkata, among other things.


Parnab Mukherjee

A spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession, Mr Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre directors of the Indian sub-continent. Parnab is the knowledge mentor for the top schools in India.

A performance text writer and charismatic performer, he has diverse experience in non-proscenium, verbatim, site-specific and physical theatre.

Parnab is multilingual & a prolific traveler. He is a subject expert on intersection between South Asian cultural traditions and its re-shaped urban practice, sharing the same in various institutions across the world.

The facilitators will be assisted by various other theatre practitioners and movement artists.



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