Love Acting? Here Are 9 Theatre Groups You Can Join In Your Free Time

Anushka posted on 10 April

Always had an urge for acting, but never gave the actor in you a chance? Kolkata {the city of culture, after all} has these amazing theatre groups to nurture the actor in you.

Nandikar

Known to be one of the most oldest theatre groups in the city, it has several renowned actors working with them {such as Debshankar Halder, Rudraprasad Sengupta, and Sohini Sengupta}. At the moment, they aren’t taking in anymore people but being the legendary organisation it is, Nandikar has something thoughtful for people who are dedicated to theatre: a six-month course workshop. Because the troupe has senior people as teachers and mentors, be sure you’re serious about your passion and not just fooling around before you join up. Their next session starts from November.

Price: INR 18,000.

Event Venues

47/1, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata

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Bohushwar

This is a comparatively new {about a year old} theatre group which does shows and workshops every once in a while and has members who are experienced and extremely dedicated to acting. If you’re looking for an inspirational group of actors to work with and learn from, this one is recommended.
They do not charge anything for joining their group.

Contact: Rishav Basu on 9674085930.

 

Mad About Drama

MAD is slightly different from the other two in the sense that it is solely for the youth. It was launched in December 2011 by three acting enthusiasts – Soumya Mukherji, Soham Majumdar and Soumendra Bhattacharya. Full of free spirit and energy, this theatre group has gained popularity rather rapidly in the city. Just give them a call or keep a look on their responsive and active Facebook page to keep tabs on audition dates. At the end of this month, they are hosting a 3-month acting course for screen and stage with Tollywood actor Shantilal Mukherjee as guest mentor. Joining the group is free of cost.

Contact: Soumendra on 9836573718.

 

Event Venues

86, 2nd Foor, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road, Sahanagar, Kalighat, Kolkata

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Bodnaam

Brainchild of a few acting lovers of the Heritage College of Engineering, it initially started off as a college acting group six years back. Bodnaam has now become an independent theatre group with lots of young students working with them, doing successful shows and street plays on issues of the modern life. They conduct rehearsing sessions four days a week {decided according to members’ work schedules}. But if there’s an impending show, you might have to rehearse all seven days a week. To join the group, you have to give auditions. Audition dates are posted on their Facebook page from time to time.

Contact: 9748712479.

 

Natadha

If your Sanskrit is any good, consider joining up here. Established in 1974 by the talented Shib Mukhopadhyay, Natadha does  plays in Bengali and some in Sanskrit. Most of the their plays are classical in nature {think Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Mahabharata and even Greek mythology}. They have also performed Roktokorobi from 1974 to 2014 in various different forms and are quite well known for that. In the past, Natadha has collaborated with Paschim Bangla Natya Academy for workshops and also, had figures like Rudraprasad Sengupta as guest mentors for their workshops.

It was started in {and is still based out of} the Howrah region. Getting in here is no child’s play. You have to do a six month training course which will teach you vital points and specially, how to express feelings through body language, followed by a practical and theoretical exam.

Contact: 033 26415448.

Padatik

Padatik has been there for quite some time now and is popular with the youth. Their plays dramas are mostly in Hindi and English they pay good attention to an actor’s body language, clothes and props. They are also known for their dance classes in different forms.

For more information, visit their office on Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road.

Movie Theatres

6/7-A, A.J.C. Bose Road, Elgin, Kolkata

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Rangakarmee

Started back in the year 1976, Rangakarmee has been addressing issues related to  exploitation and oppression prevalent in our society through their plays.
Join this group and you will come out more wise and aware as, it will not only nurture your acting skills, but also make you question the status quo. To get more details, visit their office on Prince Anwar Shah Road or contact 9830151114.

 

Event Venues

200, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Rajendra Prasad Colony, Tollygunge, Kolkata

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The Creative Arts

Started by Ramanjit Kaur in 2011, TCA is unique as it’s an all-women group. It doesn’t just do theatre, but also does therapy {via exercises and games} for women who are dealing with emotional stress and trauma. The plays and scripts are never very planned, everything is spontaneous and on the spot and everybody’s idea is given equal importance to put up a show. Classes are taken by Ramanjit herself, two days a week. They often bring down people from various walks of life as guest mentors.

Event Venues

23, Gobind Banerjee Lane, Tollygunge, Kolkata

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Hypokrites

This one started off as a drama group of Ashutosh College nine years ago launched by a group of students who liked theatre. Now all of them are working but they are still carrying on with their passion for theatre. It’s now an independent group and if you join them, it is assured that you will have fun and pick up theatre rudiments. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for the next audition. Rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Event Venues

225-A, Thakurpurkur Das Para Road, Daspara, Kolkata

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