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Gurgaon Theatre Group: A new platform for creativity
The Gurgaon Theatre Group (GTG) is an initiative of Search Years, an NGO registered under the Societies Act 1860. Search Years is a small, grass root NGO, engaged in providing quality and holistic education to the children of migrant communities through the government schooling system.

 

It runs many programs, one of which is Kalasthali, a center for Art and Vocational education, situated in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon and the beneficiary of the resources raised by GTG.

Gurgaon Theatre Group is a community of theatre and drama enthusiasts, which has been raised by Search Years to learn, appreciate and act in theatre. While it does that, GTG also supports Search Years with volunteering and by generating resources. There are close to 200 members of the group, some of who meet twice a week on weekends to follow their passion for theatre with the help of experts in the field. GTG follows a  model which does not subscribe to a singular director/facilitator, but changes the mentor every 3-6 months. In doing so, the group gets an exposure to not only different genres of theatre but imbibes different styles of any one genre.

GTG staged a production called “Darling Sharling, Hai Tauba” directed by Mr Mrinal Dhar, on 27th January, 2012 at Indo-French Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Lodi Estate, New Delhi after 4 months of long weekend workshop and rehearsal.

"The play was an adaptation from Moliere’s ‘Imaginary Invalid’ in which the grand old romantically-young Arjun is a hypochondriac. Which means, he may or may not be ill, but every day he is able to discover a new disease in his body!! Add to this a blunt and tireless maid servant, Tinki, who interferes even in his sneezes. Arjun’s high-on-histrionics second wife Babita, who is straight out of an ‘Ekta Kapoor’ serial and a couple of weird characters make this high-on-old-world ‘Hrishikesh Mukherjee’ type of comedy. And as we were enjoying the various plots and sub plots, suddenly the story takes a mysterious turn. Who really is Tinki!?" said a spokesperson about the their latest production.

GTG's next workshop is being led by Shri  Arjun Raina, who had been the professor of Voice, Speech and Acting at the National School of Drama (NSD) and now teaches theatre in Australia. He will be facilitating the training of members and helping in the staging of GTG’s next theatric production.

 

 

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