IAPAR has initiated a detailed theatre training program for children across various schools from the Std 4th to 10th giving children an opportunity to explore theatre and performance. The children explore several aspects of performance and theatre right form storytelling, to voice and speech and movement. Several school students are benefited by this ongoing project initiated by IAPAR. In the last few years IAPAR has also been actively curating and hosting international children theatre festivals as an effort to present the best theatre for young audiences with performances that are deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring.
IAPAR presents – A unique workshop for children’s facilitators. Many of us, facilitators, possess certain skills as story writers, storytellers, artists, naturalists etc. As we keep working with children in our own area of comfort and excellence, we find the need to improve our skills, develop knowledge of other areas in order to make our work more holistic and also connect with other facilitators. This workshop aims at re-examining our ways of working with children for a better future and their all round development.
Anandrang is a project for the development of children. Through the project we have been working with children for over the last two decades. We believe in a continuous process of development. The Anandrang project includes workshops and performances for children aged 8 to 14. So far more than a thousand children have been a part of this programme as well as performances. It provides opportunities for extra-curricular social experiences and expressive activities.
The Mentorship Programme is an exciting series of sessions that offer youth the chance to learn about life in theatre and theatre in life. Its aim is to provide interested students with an opportunity to learn about the world of theatre and various possibilities of engaging with it. Over the course of a few months, IAPAR has been investing in the development of those with an active interest in becoming diverse, proactive and engaging theatre practitioners, facilitators and audiences.
Several on-going contemporary dance modules at IAPAR are open to all movement enthusiasts looking at exploring contemporary movement. These modules open up a new way of communication in depth through the human anatomy bringing in originality, creativity, growth, and a new dimension to expression and performance.
IAPAR facilities acting and devised drama classes for children from the age of 8-14. The group is introduced to the basics of acting skills, improvisations and looking at developing their communication skills. We also facilitate the training for the LAMDA exams. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. The LAMDA grades provide a useful support for a steady improvement in self-confidence, vocal and physical technique, and language awareness.
IAPAR initiated a lecture series under the umbrella of “Theatre Matters” that facilitates an informal sharing of experiences of several artists and art professionals. These interactions are largely about travels, international collaborations, performance opportunities, academics and exchanges in performing arts. The idea is to open up a dialogue by meeting each other, knowing different ways of expression and understanding each other’s art.
IAPAR hosts several formal and informal sessions revolving around reading a script. One of our flagship projects is the “Late Shri. Kumar Joshi Natya Wachan Spardha” (A Marathi play reading competition) hosted as a lead-up to the IAPAR International Theatre Festival. The initiation of this competition happened in 2017 and has ever since seen participation of people from different walks of life including college students, working professionals and amateur theatre performers. The informal play reading sessions that we host present several curiosities for the young interested in the field of theatre making and performances, creating a moving literary experience. It’s a wonderful exploration to find and stumble upon additional impressions and different perspectives as one reads through the plays in these sessions each time. These sessions are usually followed by a discussion revolving around the text.