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>> Thespo 13 Casting Calls:

> If you are 25 years and below and interested in being part of a Contemporary dance based play in English meant for Thespo 13, then get in touch with Manish Gandhi: coalseme@gmail.com.


> If you are interested in doing sound and lights for a play for Thespo 13, then contact Hina for her play in Pune. Contact no.: 9371009262.


> For more acting opportunities in full length plays for Thespo 13, please contact: 
Kaushal Anand: kaushal21852@gmail.com.
Ruhee Advani: 9920666782, ruheeadvani@gmail.com. 
Devroop: 8268875567.

>> Tarun Tejpal Book Launch:Author of The Valleys Of Masks.

Entry Free. BlueFrog, 9th September, 2011, Friday. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm.
About The Valley of Masks: A searing exploration of the pathologies of power, purity and dogma, of men and their fantasies.

Tarun J Tejpal (born 15 March 1963) is an Indian journalist, publisher and a novelist. He is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Tehelka magazine, which he founded in March 2000. He is also known for his pro Congress activities.
In 2001 BusinessWeek named him as amongst the 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia, later in 2009, the magazine named him amongst, "India's 50 Most Powerful People 2009". His debut novel The Alchemy of Desire (2006), won Le Prix Mille Pages, it was followed by Story of my Assassins (2010).
Tejpal has worked with many news publications such as, editor at India Today, Indian Express Group and the managing editor Outlook.
This event is organised by Literature Live!, The Mumbai Lit fest. The Festival was launched in November 2010. The response from Mumbaikars during the three-day fest was truly enthusiastic and it was clear from the level of audience participation that Literature Live! was answering a long-felt need.

The 2011 edition of Literature Live!’s Lit Fest will be held onNovember 4, 5 and 6 at the National Centre for Performing Arts,Nariman Point. Well-known writers, both international and domestic,will participate. Each session will aim to be lively, erudite without being academic, and will strive to engage the audience in the debate.
Books will be launched, book signings will take place and writers and readers will interact in an informal space.

Literature Live! also holds individual events such as this through the year. 

>> Shoaib Akhtar Book Launch:
Author of Controversially Yours: An Autobiography


Entry Free. CCI Club, 25th September, Sunday. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm.
 
Shoaib Akhtar has been one of the most colourful characters in the history of cricket. He is the fastest bowler in the world, who set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery when he clocked in at 161.3 km/ph (100.2 mph) twice in the same match. Having taken more than 400 wickets in international cricket, he is a phenomenal cricketer too. 

Tagged as being undisciplined, Akhtar’s career has been plagued by injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. Here he tells his side of the story. The early years of deprivation, the relentless self-imposed discipline, the way he played both on the cricket grounds and outside. His is also the inside story of Pakistan cricket, no holds barred: the strange ways of the cricket board, the hierarchies and manipulations and, above all, the magic of the game itself.

About The Author :
A legend of Pakistan cricket, Shoaib Akhtar is a former right-arm fast bowler, who is regarded as the fastest bowler in the world. He retired from international cricket after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
 
This event is organised by Literature Live!, The Mumbai Lit fest. The Festival was launched in November 2010. The response from Mumbaikars during the three-day fest was truly enthusiastic and it was clear from the level of audience participation that Literature Live! was answering a long-felt need.

The 2011 edition of Literature Live!’s Lit Fest will be held onNovember 4, 5 and 6 at the National Centre for Performing Arts,Nariman Point. Well-known writers, both international and domestic,will participate. Each session will aim to be lively, erudite without being academic, and will strive to engage the audience in the debate.
Books will be launched, book signings will take place and writers and readers will interact in an informal space.

Literature Live! also holds individual events such as this through the year. 

 
>> International Clown Festival: 
India to hold the 2nd International Clown Festival from 30th September 2011 to 9th October 2011. Come be a part of the action!!!
Registration for International Clown Festival will close on the 28th of September, 2011. There will be no registration available at the door. Must be at least 15 years old to attend.
Have a question before you register? Call us at +91 9987082100 or send an email to laugh@clownfestindia.com





>> SHYAMANAND JALAN NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE AWARD

Padatik, Kolkata announces the Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award 2012.
The SJNYTA scheme is an Annual Award to be presented every year on the 13th of January
The 2012 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age
Submissions open from the 30th of July 2011 to 30th October 2011
GUIDELINES:


  1. The scheme is open to Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age
  2. Selected playwright will be awarded Rs.25.000/- and invited for the presentation
  3. Plays must be full length (estimated playing time not less than 75 minutes and not more than 120 minutes).They must not have been produced earlier
  4. Play scripts may be submitted in Hindi, Bengali or English along with a synopsis of not more than 300 words in English
  5. Original plays in any Indian language may be submitted in translation (Hindi, Bengali or English)
  6. Scripts must be clearly typed, double spaced with wide margins. Pages must be numbered and the text securely bound. The author’s name must be mentioned only on the title page. The title of the play must be mentioned on each page of the text
  7. Authors must guarantee that they have sole rights to all matter contained within the play. Any play accepted for production elsewhere before the award is announced will be disqualified
  8. Winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of 3 judges
  9. Work which expands or challenges existing theatre paradigms in any way will be especially encouraged
  10. Padatik will, at its option, retain exclusive rights to produce and stage the play for a period of two years from the presentation of the award. No further royalty or any other fee will be paid for this period
  11. The play may be produced in any or all the three languages mentioned
  12. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence concerning the results can be entered into
  13. Padatik does not hold any responsibility for the loss or damage of the submitted scripts. Scripts entered are not returnable
  14. The winner will be notified by post/e-mail, within 31st Dec, 2011 and the result will be announced on the Padatik website
  15. Scripts submitted online via e-mails, will not be accepted

Applications to include:

  • Entry form as per format
  • Biography of applicant in not more than 200 words
  • Age proof
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope in case applicant desires acknowledgement of receipt

SEND ENTRIES MARKED SJNYTA TO:
Swapan Mitra
Padatik
6/7A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road
Kolkata-700 017

 

>> Arvind Sivakumaran has published his play "Americano" and is now for sale at the Prithvi Theatre Bookstore for Rs. 50 only. Or email us at: thescript@qtp.in.
About the Play:Director Arvind Sivakumaran made his debut as a writer with the much-acclaimed play, "My Funny Valentine" now titled "Americano". The play was performed as part of Thespo 2000 and starred Yuki Ellias, Kunal Roy Kapur and Adrian Terron.Charley Brackett (Kunal Roy Kapur) is a financially downtrodden car salesman from the city, whose skepticism about life is only surpassed by his inferior taste in the opposite sex. He lives in a small apartment with his friend Mike, a local law enforcement officer of (not surprisingly) unshakeable character. After a brief fling with a rich "client" named Madeline Kitridge (Yuki Ellias), Charlie begins to develop strong feelings for the latter and falls hopelessly into a web of murder, deceit and seduction. The situation is inevitably complicated by the involvement of Madeline's husband, Geoffrey, and events finally take a turn for the worse.
 
>> Nataka Academy Award for Namma Jagganna:
Jagdish Malnad, the affable General Manager you see every time you visit Ranga Shankara, has been conferred with an award by Karnataka Nataka Academy. The award recognizes his contribution to Kannada theatre of over 30 years as an actor, production controller and an administrator.
We Applaud, Jagganna! Here's wishing more accolades your way.
Team Ranga Shankara.
>> Public Library:
Here is an appeal that we received for re-creating a public library at a building next to Bandra Gym.


Many of you know that for years I have wanted to start a library. Do you know where the "inspiration" came from?
From Neel, my young nephew who was then 6 or 7 years old. Let me tell you the story :

Neel lives in California. Among his various activities, there are frequent visits to the local public library. Important words, all three. But we will come to those later. His mother Meena told me that in the summer, the library offers a programme to the children of the area : make a pledge that you will read a certain number of books - it could be 7, it could be 12 or even 2. But this is a pledge and the child is encouraged to redeem it, to complete the number. Of course there are no checks by the library. The child keeps count. At the end of the summer, if you have indeed read the number of books you chose to, you will receive, in front of a small gathering, a certificate from...the Mayor! Because you kept your word.

Now Neel, one summer, pledged to read 20 books. 20? I exclaimed, awed. Oh, thin, slim ones, you know, the kind children read (The Berenstain Bears, Read Aloud series ...) , said Meena. Yes, but still, 20.

So, did he read them, I asked, with trepidation. And was shamed by her answer. How many do you think he read, she said. Mmm, 15? Her face encourages me to go on : 35? I have to continue, 60? A smile is spreading across her face. 100? I can’t believe this. By now, I was getting goose bumps. 162, she told me, smiling.

But here it is : this project made a reader of that kid. Wouldn't he have become one anyway, given that they are all avid readers in the family? Yes, maybe. Because he would have had access. Because his parents have a good collection of books at home.

And now, come back with me to those 3 little words in italics : local public library.

How many children have the access that Neel has at home ? Not many, even in that country. Hardly any, in ours. We all have friends who complain that their children simply do not read.

But to have a library, to have it locally and then for it to be open to everybody (public)...why can't we have that for the boys and girls, the Neels and the Manjiris, in our country, in our city, in our little suburb?

Which is why we, my friends Vaishali Shinde, Sonal Bimal and I are trying to set up a library where children will come to be in the company of books, to get to know them and grow to love them.

We have requested a local organisation to allow us to run the library in the space that they have and under their aupices. They are eager too, interested.

However, in order to make this come about, we need your help. It can be in the form of books (old or new), racks, an old computer / laptop, mattresses or chatais. We will also need funds to purchase books, also any furniture required (which does not come in with donations), and of course an honorarium for a few volunteers who will be staffing the library. Some of us are giving our time free of cost to be at the library, and if you are one such person, please do let us know. An hour, a couple of hours - on one or more days in the week would be a tremendous help.

We have prepared an estimate for the initial and the recurring costs, and have submitted it to the local organization for their consideration.

In case you are interested, we can share the budget and proposal with you too, and you can see how much of it you would like to, or are able to support.

Thanks!
Vibha

To contribute to the public library, please contact Vibha - 9820599549