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SMART comes back to Pune with a three-day workshop!

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SMART, India's first theatre management program is in Pune for it's yearly WORKSHOP.

RASA AUR DRAMA spoke to Rupali Bhave actor, organizer , Programming Head at SMART 2018, in an email chat.

RASA AUR DRAMA: What is a key take away for theatre practitioners at SMART 2018 ?

Rupali Bhave: Theatre groups that participate in SMART 2018 will benefit from sharpened thinking about their working processes, about how they can build and implement strategies for sustenance within their own context, how they can optimize their strengths, and make a significant and positive impact on the functioning of their own organisation as well on the theatre ecology.

RASA AUR DRAMA: How nice it is to be held in Pune, how do you choose your venue of workshop ?

Rupali Bhave: Pune has a vibrant theatre culture. There are numerous theatre groups functioning in a range of work-scenarios - college groups, working professionals' groups, amateur groups, full-time theatre professionals' groups etc. Pune has a rich and varied theatre ecology. Some issues faced by theatre groups are common to all while some are unique to each group. Some groups are connected with each other but many are working in isolation. For Pune's theatre culture to sustain and thrive, it becomes necessary that theatre groups work towards their own sustenance and work with each other to enrich and strengthen the ecology. Also, the workshop isn't limited to Pune theatre groups. There are many theatre groups all over Maharashtra working consistently. They would benefit from the workshop too. As they build up their capacities and continue working with the increased awareness in their own towns, the theatre ecology across Maharashtra will benefit.

RASA AURR DAMA: What is your idea of theatre, it's a very broad question. But, what we mean is , how do you see the Indian theatre practice through SMART techniques;improved or analytical ?

RB: The idea of SMART is to build capacity in theatre groups to practice their theatre, in their particular context, in a better-informed, aware manner. In short, the aim is to enable an improved theatre practice by applying SMART techniques / tools to their particular situation. It will, of course, be a dynamic and continuous process for the theatre groups and post-SMART they will be better equipped.

Rasa Aur Drama attended the OPEN PROGRAMME and Interaction session was a huge meltdown of thoughts, ideas and inputs from local theatre groups in 2017.


It is a three day workshop to sharpen the thinking and working process. Through posing questions and possibilities, the group aims to make a positive impact on the internal functioning of your theatre group. SMART was initiated in January 2015. 34 groups (17 each year) were selected from about 150applications received for the SMART 2016 and SMART 2017 programmes. The participants werefrom different backgrounds, practices, languages, idioms and thought systems.In 2017, we initiated SMART on Wheels, a programme where we travelled to cities across India to listen to stories about how theatre groups function in their local eco-systems, their problems and challenges, and their dreams and ambitions.SMART 2018. SMART 2018 is a new avatar of SMART, a three-day programme that builds on the foundation of the SMART Course and SMART on Wheels. The programme will be structured around individual sessions facilitated by some of the country’s leading theatre makers and arts managers, as well as exercises, conversations and interactions with the participants. The key aspects of theatre management that will be explored include Vision and Core Values, Group Sustainability, Audience Building, Communication and Resource Mobilisation.

How to come for the workshop!

Minimum of two members.

You can fill the application form here .

Last Date to submit is 12th November 2018.

The acknowledgement would be sent to you.

You will also receive a confirmation email on or before 14th Nov. 2018.

Last date of Payment of Fees is by 17th November.

The workshop is open to theatre groups in Pune and outside. We suggest you to arrange for your own lodgings if you are travelling from outside. You can avail of the lodging facility at Maharashtra Cultural Centre's Sudarshan Rangmanch. Shaniwar Peth, Pune-411030 at a reasonable cost. Kindly, book prior. WORKSHOP COST: Rs. 1,500/- per participating individual – to be paid between 12th and 18th November 2018

Mode of Payment:

Cash to be paid at The Office, Building D, Udyog Bhavan, Hirabaug Chowk, Tilak Road, Shukrawar Peth, PUNE - 411042


Cheque to be drawn in the name of ‘MAHARASHTRA CULTURAL CENTRE


Online Payment


Account no: 20136920956

Account type : SAVINGS


IFSC Code - MAHB0000675




Sanjna Kapoor [Co-Founder and Director, Junoon]

Arundhati Ghosh [Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts]

Sudhanva Deshpande [Executive Director, Studio Safdar, and Actor and Director, Jana Natya Manch]

Sunil Shanbag [Co-Founder of Arpana Theatre and Tamaasha Theatre, Producer and Director]

Sameera Iyengar [Co-Founder and Director, Junoon]

Menaka Rodriguez [Head, Resource Mobilisation and Outreach, India Foundation for the Arts]

Ashish Mehta [Administrative Head and Actor with Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune]

Neel Choudhary [Writer and Artistic Director, Tadpole Repertory]

SMART is managed by India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Junoon & SMART

SMART is Supported by: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan


Where: Rangadarshan Sabhagruha, Building D, Udyog Bhavan, Hirabaug Chowk, Tilak Road, Shukrawar Peth, PUNE - 411042

When: 21st, 22nd, 23rd November 2018 TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m


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