An article on List of Top Theatre Groups located in Major Indian Cities like Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and more.
“Some are born actors, while a majority are trained into it.”
And that is why there are so many acting schools that boast of creating superstars. However in India, these kind of acting schools focus mainly on churning out star material and not actors. Which means that instead of working on psychology and methodology behind the acting, students are taught to dance, catwalk, and posing before the camera. This is why, if you are serious about learning to act, your best (and free) bet is to join a theatre group.
But why join a Theatre group and not an acting school ?
Why? Well, because joining a theatre group wont only give you a practical and hands on approach towards learning acting, but you will also be able to connect with so many other talented people and learn what methods work and what don’t when you perform in front of a live audience. And lets admit it, learning to improve in a scripted scene is something that most of the Indian acting schools are yet to start teaching.
So, we are giving you some of the best theatre groups in India that you can join for free:
List Of Top Theatre Groups in India
Asmita Theatre Group (Delhi)
Lead by the renowned playwright, director and activist Arvind Gaur, Asmita is one of the biggest names in Indian Hindi Theatre Groups. Known for its social and politically themed plays, Asmita believes in telling stories that are more relevant to the issues of common man. This group has given Bollywood some prominent actors like Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyaal and Shilpi Marwah. The group tours both national and international locations and doesn’t charge for training. However, in order to get into this group, you need to have a flair and some talent as the number of applications are always soaring. Get in touch with Asmita Theatre on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AsmitaTheatre/).
Contact Phone number:- 9540656537(Shilpi Marwaha), 09899650509(Arvind Gaur),9015402269 (,Gaurav Mishra), 097111 00036,
(For Weekend Theatre Workshop by Asmita Theatre Group, Contact on Above Given Phone Numbers)
Ansh: A Theatre Group by Makrand Deshpande (Mumbai)
The city of dreams, Mumbai is home to plethora of theatre groups. And a lot of them are headed by renowned artists. One such group is Ansh, lead by veteran TV and film actor Makrand Deshpande. Known for its whacky and edgy stories, Ansh theatre group though provides free workshops and training to newcomers but also expects a lot in return. The schedule is airtight, there is not much space for slacking and passing an audition is like walking on a tightrope. But hey, you will be getting trained under the best of the scene. Give Ansh a try, contact them on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/anshtheatre/).
Language: Hindi , English
RangaShankara (Bangalore)- Theatre Group in Karnataka
Bangalore has seen a sudden rise in the numbers of theatre groups. Though small in manpower, these groups are consistently keeping the art alive in the IT city. Though most of the theatre groups charge for training and workshop in this city, some relatively new groups hire new blood and train them for free. One must visit venues like Rangashankara and try their luck with several theatre groups to find the best one.
Contact Address: No. 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560078
Phone numbers: +91-80-26592777, +91-80-26493982
Languages: Hindi, English, Kannada
Pierrot’s Troupe (Delhi)
Where Mumbai is the mecca of films, Delhi is the cultural capital with the most number of theatre groups and plays. Pierrot’s Troupe is another fantastic group that performs both national and internationally. Though the training and workshop under this group are free, Pierrot’s Troupe focuses on monetisation of their content. It is one of those groups that has the costliest tickets for its plays. Where a theatre group like Asmita (quite renowned) charges between INR 50 to 100 for one play (they also do several plays for free), the tickets for Pierrot’s Troupe range between INR 100 – 600 (which is considered costly in theatre business). Lead by writer, director and actor M. Syeed Alam, the group is home to veteran actors like Tom Alter and Rakesh Bedi.
Contact Phone Number: 098102 55291
Address: . A-687, Sarita Vihar , New Delhi-110076. Ph. 9810255291, 9810460366
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Kerala doesn’t have many theatre groups, but the one we are mentioning is worth all your hard work. Based in Kochi, this theatre group called Lokdharmi was founded by some of the prominent theatre personalities of India. Besides acting and performance art, Lokdharmi is also about tradition and heritage. With a rich history behind its origin, the theatre group provides free training and support to aspiring actors. However, the catch is the same; you need pass a grilling audition. Contact the group on their website (http://www.lokadharmi.com/page/CONTACT-US.aspx).
Contact Address: Lokadharmi, 44/2257, Convent Road, Vyttila, Kochi
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Padatik Theatre (Kolkata) West Bengal
Established in 1972, it is one of the oldest theatre groups of our country. The group owns its own performance space in Kolkata and so it has become a self sustainable venture. The group provides free viewings and training under its young guns program. The only catch, however is that you must be between the age of 16 to 25. Any other age falls under their basic fee structure.
Contact: Padatik Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 017
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Phone: +91 33 228 76087 | +91 33 22813189 (Fax & Phone) | +91 98300 59978
Mentioned above were some of India’s top theatre groups that train newcomers for free, turning them into fine thespians. And since these are one of the best, the procedure to get in is pretty tiresome. Most aspirants dont clear the auditions. But if you not experienced enough to crack these hard auditions, you may find some easy going theatre groups at any performing art centre. For example in Delhi, you can visit either Sri Ram Centre or Indian Habitat Centre, just walk up to them and ask. Its that simple !
Other Major Theatre Groups in India
Theatre Groups in Pune
Below are the Top Marathi Acting Theatre Groups in Pune
a. Swatantra Acting Theater Group in Pune
Address : NEAR F.C DECCAN,844 AGARKAR ROAD,NEXT TO BMCC, SRI MAHAVIR JAIN VIDYALAYA, MAHARASHTRA, PUNE-4
Phone: +91-9923643335, 9767178857
b. Maharashtra Cultural Center
Sudarshan Hall, Near Ahilyadevi Girl’s High School
Above bank of Maharashtra, Shaniwar Peth Branch
421/ 422 Shaniwar Peth, Pune
Phone: 020 24430803
c. Natya Sanskar Kala Academy
Address: S No 205 Gopal Krishna Soc, Pataskar Marg, Shukrawar Peth, Pune – 411002, Nr Kala Haud
Other Indian Famous Theatre Groups
a. Arpana Theatre Group
Phone Number: 9819576871
Contact Form: http://aadyam.co.in/contact-us.php
b. Bhoomika Theatre Group, Mumbai
Address: Oakland Park,Lokhandwala, Mumbai,Maharashtra
Contact Link: http://rangshila.com/contact-us.html
c. Bhoomika Telugu Theatre Group
Address: Door No. 1-8-430/3/1/1, No. 742, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad – 500020
Phone: +91 40 27677562, +91 98498 35505
d. Ekjute Theatre Group, Mumbai
Address: Nepathya 20, Gulmohar Rd, Swastik Society, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Phone: 022 2625 6846
e. Evam Theatre Group in Chennai
Evam Entertainment Private Limited
#62/1C, Chamiers Apartments,
Off Chamiers Road, R A Puram,
Chennai – 600028
Phone (on all working days):
+91-44–45026364 (9.30 AM to 5.30 PM) OR
+91-98406-12333 (9.30 AM to 7.00 PM)
f. Crea Shakthi Theatre Group in Chennai
Phone Number: Dushyanth Gunashekar Phone :+91 9940138749, Sandeep Shivaram, Phone: +91 9940019419, Nivash Gopalaswamy Phone: +91 9884710130
g. The Madras Players- Performing Arts Group in India – Chennai
Gopi Nair, Old No. 16, New No. 59, Ormes Road, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600010
Tel: +91-9381911977/ 044-26411977
h. Theatre Y- theatre Company Chennai, India
i. The Boardwalkers Theatre Group in Chennai
No. 25[new], 13[old], 5th Street,
Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar,
Chennai – 20
Phone: +91 98410 07003
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