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A rigorous, 4-week course on creating live experiences
March 13 to April 10 everyday except Sundays in Mumbai

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Taal Mel: Coming Together for Arts Education

Featured Performance:

Manav Kaul's acclaimed play Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane performed by Kumud Mishra
Curtain Raiser with Swanand Kirkire
Event hosted by Mansi Multani
Keynote address by Sananda Mukhopadhyay 

About Shakkar ke Paanch Daane

Rajkumar has been requested to write a poem for a compilation to be published. If you knew Rajkumar you would realise the absurdity of the request.

In an hour-long monologue, Rajkumar tells us about his unremarkable life in his nondescript village and the five grains of sugar—the five people—who have stood out in this drab life for reasons stranger than fiction. The filmy mother; her poet brother, Pundaleek; Raghu, the school hero; old man Radhey; and the anonymous ‘Truckwala dost’. As Rajkumar talks, the five grains become part of a game that he has been unknowingly playing for years … and Rajkumar realises that everyone has a story inside them.

Written & Directed by Manav Kaul
Performed by Kumud Mishra
Presented by aRANYA Foundation


Taal Mel: Coming Together for Arts Education has been conceptualised and organised by the cohort of Think Big Think Small, a Bhasha Centre programme dedicated to upskilling arts professionals across India in enabling and producing live performance.

Your participation isn't just for an evening of entertainment - it's an opportunity to make a difference.

All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Nazaria and QUEST, organizations committed to fostering arts in education across India.

Save the date and join us in this celebration of creativity and philanthropy!

Are you an arts professional based in India?
Do you want to know more about how to conceptualise or curate a live experience? How to execute it, manage it, enjoy it?
Are you looking for ways to upskill in project management and entrepreneurship in the arts?


Think Big, Think Small is a programme devised to upskill arts professionals in India in areas outside of performance making itself. 


Over the course of 4 weeks, 9 participants will be taken through the elements of creating a live experience. 

From understanding and decoding the 5Ws - what, where, when, who and why - of an event to taking deep dives into Microsoft Excel, Sketch Up and other tools of the trade, from reflecting on tangible and intangible aspects of conceptualisation and communication to creating and monitoring budgets, checklists and production schedules. 

At the end of the programme, participants will have a broader vocabulary, a deeper understanding on the ways in which one could effectively approach an event and a sense of how and where to apply these learnings, be it to an external client or an in house arts project.** 


The programme will be facilitated by Saatvika Kantamneni and Vivek Madan 

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Saatvika Kantamneni is an independent producer, production and stage manager for theatre and live events based in India. She is a graduate of the MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She is currently a producer with Akvarious Productions since 2020 and the producer for the Tibetan theatre production Pah-Lak that toured India and Europe. She is one of the core team members on Art of the Possible, a professional development initiative by the NCPA and works regularly as the Production and Stage Management Mentor at Drama School, Mumbai. She has been Senior Stage Manager for Disney Aladdin in India. She has worked with QTP Entertainment as company stage manager for three years. Saatvika enjoys creating collaborative work that challenges the world we live in.

Vivek Madan is an actor and theatre producer based out of Bangalore. In his theatre journey of over twenty years, he has performed in several plays, directed a few and curated two festivals: Writers' Bloc 4 (2016) and the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival (2018). As a producer, his credits include Muktidham, #supernova and Algorithms for Indian Ensemble and Eidgah ke Jinnat for Bhasha Centre. He has also performed and assisted in the production of several radio plays for Goldhawk Productions, UK. Aside from Bhasha Centre, he is a trustee of Indian Ensemble and continues to spearhead several independent, theatre-based projects. He is the recipient of the Shankar Nag Award 2021 presented by Ranga Shankara, Bengaluru.

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** After the programme, 4 of the participants will be offered apprenticeships in arts - or events-based organisations for a period of 3-6 months. We are trying to place all 9, this space will be updated as we finalise tie ups. 
The terms of the apprenticeship are at the discretion of the hiring organisation. Accepting, declining or negotiating the offer is at the discretion of the participant.

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