young monks : theatre training module for children

A well researched training program, delivered by experienced, qualified and passionate facilitators – which uses the tools of theatre, for youth/kids peer based learning :  in a journey of becoming.

This program is supported by Jana Sanskriti – Center of the Theatre of the Oppressed

Jana Sanskriti( JS) Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed established in 1985 is seen as one of the most important point of references to the global community of  Theatre of the Oppressed. Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a school of theatre first conceptualized by Brazilian theorist & theatre practitioner Augusto Boal.

This is a one year theatre training module comprising of three semesters. There will be evaluation and presentations at the end of each semester.

After the year the child has the option of continuing in a a more advanced training and also becoming a part of the the ensemble.

There are classes for two age groups : 6 yrs – 10 yrs & 11 yrs – 16 yrs

The primary medium of instruction is English.

Please visit for more detailed information on Young Monks.

Please also like the facebook page of youngmonks to stay updated about the program. 


Theatre is about transformation, about resilience, building character and a voice which overcomes all odds and has found a way to flow through the ages. It is deeply rooted , yet throbbing with possibilities.

Theatre equips the young children to realize the totality of their world and also deal with the vicissitudes of life.

The training is scientific, playful and energizing. 

Key Benefits

Theater teaches one to concentrate better & focus more .

He/She gets rid of their inhibitions and becomes more articulate.

Their vocal and body language starts showing improvements.

He/She starts thinking beyond the ‘I” /’ ME”

This helps them to develop a real fellow feeling  and the ability to work harmoniously with others

The child begins to pay more attention, observe and become aware of his/her own environment and imagine beyond. This is the beginning of the artistic journey, which becomes the means to build a beautiful and meaningful life.

The whole process gives the child great enjoyment, out of the box thinking and a sense of real achievement.

About the Module

One Year Module – 3 semesters 

Once a Week Class

Multilingual medium

Evaluation and presentation after each semester.

Production after the end of the year.

Currently classes and registration is going on for the following centers

Mintoo Park, Lake Town, Salt Lake, Ballygaunj, New Alipore, New Town, Ruby.

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

Some eminent people associated with this program as facilitators and mentors


Gautam, a tireless theatre and film doer for almost last three decades in the capacity of an actor- writer – designer – director. Acted and directed numerous prestigious theatre productions.

Acted in feature films of eminent directors like Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Rituparno Ghosh, Sandip Ray, Anjan Dutta, to name a few. Scripted and directed an array of documentary films (including few international assignments), Ad films, Corporate films and also Feature films. He has conducted various kinds of workshops from Theatre to Film, Corporate to NGOs with varied age groups.

Janardan Ghosh

Eminent theatre actor and director based in Kolkata. He is known for his contemporary approach to theatre and storytelling. Also the creative director (theatre and storytelling) at Culture Monks.

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.

Pradip Chattopadhyay

A musician and sound artist of excellence. A prolific performer and also the founder member of the iconic Bengali rock band, Mohiner Ghoraguli.

Sanjoy Ganguly

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre studies from University of East Anglia UK,Author and Artistic Director Jana Sanskriti – Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed.

Sima Ganguly

Sima Ganguly is a lead actress, director and trainer with Jana Sanskriti an organisation she joined in in 1989. Born in 1964, Sima graduated in Hindusthani classical music, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work after marriage.

Sima is actively engaged in the Theatre-in-Education project recently started by Jana Sanskriti. She has travelled to many countries in North America, South America and Europe as workshop leader and as an actress in performances. She regularly trains groups belonging to FOTO(Federation of Theatre of the Oppressed).





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