My Interest Stays Firmly in Theatre
Acting workshops/courses – Snippets of feedback from the students
“When at ‘Misfit’ I felt special and important. I was made to believe that i had the potential to act…My experience at Misfit was not an experience I can put behind me and move on. It is a painting…‘Misfit’ will be an important part of my life. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.” - Arjun Kamath
“When I joined MISF!T, I only wanted to learn how to act and be good at it, but Ratan taught me not only the basics of acting but also to be a better person.” - Lenoj
“Course materials offered by Ratan/Misfit for Level1 is so much fun that, it is at times addictive.” – Seshan
“I fell in love with acting after the workshops I have done at misfit…I think if u want to learn how to act and at the same time make loads of friends and have fun. Then u should do a workshop in misfit. Trust me.” – Vijay
“I would recommend MISFIT to anybody in Bangalore who has any aspirations in theatre…Don’t come to MISFIT if you want to learn about acting .Come to MISFIT if you want to unlearn anything you think you know about theatre or yourself.” – Milan
“It’s been unforgettable and wonderful experience to be a part of ‘Misfit family’.” – Monica
“Thanks MISFIT and especially Ratan for All the good work that happened during the workshops and presentations.” – Piush
“It has been a long and great journey across my two batches in MISFIT. I’ve learnt a lot, made lots of new friends and really enjoyed the whole process!” – Urmila
Archana Shetty : archshetty at gmail dot com
For somebody who has always found it a challenge expressing herself, MISFIT (how, I love the name!) taught me that it is ok to be just me.I have gained a lot from the classes, not only from an acting perspective but otherwise as well. Ratan, your humility and humblenesshas made us a big fan of yours. You taught us that limitations andinhibitions are all in the head. Your words of encouragement will always resonate in our ears. Thank you so very much for being a friend to all of us and not just a teacher. You have touched all of ourlives, I am sure you know that!
Your classes were beautifully designed to break the inhibitions and the fear we all hold in our mind that stop us from giving our all towards acting. You taught us that when we were up on stage, we were more than ourselves, we were the character. Why fear? The sessions have provided us all a very very good base of what sound acting is all about!! Well, all world is a stage, so why not begin by taking some wonderful lessons from Ratan Thakore Grant, the man himself!! Godbless…!
Achuthananda Mp: achuthadivine at gmail dot com
Ratan is one of the BESTEST teacher/mentor/trainer i have ever met in my life. Trust me pals, I am not exaggerating a bit. Being inclined towards acting , I always felt i needed some formal training or guidance from a professional. But never found one because i lacked contacts ! But through a friend of mine, I found Misfit, who i am so grateful to now!! Thanks a zillion Sushma kavatekar..:) Now if i look back, i am a different person on a whole. Off late I constantly wonder now that, what if i had never met this guy?? Such a massive energy he has got. he is just a magician. He is not called ‘BABA’ without reason. I believe that i am tamed by Ratan.
People do wait for weekends, to rest. But Misfit pals wait for weekends to hit the class!! Coming to Misfit, I felt the Best theater acting course in the city is being offered at a very affordable price and trust me, i feel it is worth every penny you shell out! Crystal clear about the syllabus to be taught,Rigorous classes yet so rejuvenating and replenishing !! Well i definitely fall into the category of people who are devotees of Ratan ! I am sure once you meet him, you will be too
1. The students of the new Level 1(Batch 27) workshop finished their grading on 14th April, 2013. The grading photos are available on our Facebook Page. These photos were taken by Aravind Iyer. The workshop photos(work in progress) are available on our Flickr Page – Photographs excellently captured by Belliraj H.B.
2. The theatre of the alchemist – An article featuring MISF!T workshop for the Times of India’s “Bangalore for Women” campaign and the feedback from some of the participants – Mar 19, 2013.
3. Times of India’s “Bangalore for Women” campaign organizes a theatre workshop conducted by Ratan Thakore Grant/MISF!T®. Details available here. Link to the complete article available on the Times of India website available here.Photographs available on our facebook page.
4. MISF!T started the new year with an original play – “Can “I” Play God”, written and directed by Venkatesan Vaidhyanathan(venky). Some of the photographs of the play are available on facebook. The rest of the photos available on flickr at 5th Jan, 2013 and 6th Jan, 2013.Photographs beautifully captured by Aravind Iyer and Krishnan Suresh. The audience feedback on this play is available here.
Ratan – on the teaching of acting:
I have always believed that acting cannot be taught – we are born with that ability. All of us are amazing, brilliant actors. When we act in “our real life”, we have a strong belief, that those, for whom we are putting the act on for, are unaware of our inborn talent to act [to lie is a part of it], therefore, most of the time, utterly convincing. But, when we are on stage or in front of the camera, we know, that those who are watching us, know that we are acting and we become conscious of the act. Thus, the only thing about acting that can be taught, is to blur the line between reality and make believe. In actuality, it is quite simple, but to achieve this simplicity [of acting ], the path is a difficult one.
Acting is connecting to one’s inner self and when one tries to do that, doors and windows are opened, which on a conscious level, one is never willing to open.
It is my belief, that acting is a way of enriching oneself, those around you and those who are around them.
Be good [Take your acting seriously but not so yourself]“
Excerpts from article in Youth Post, dated June 25 2010.
“The first step towards becoming an actor is ‘LOSING INHIBITION’. We are all so concerned about others judging us and the fear of being ridiculed is rather magnified in all of us.”
“As an actor, one learns a lot about oneself. One has to continuously confront oneself. Spirituality is enhanced in the acceptance of who you are, in discovering and accepting yourself. Then give back.”
“Acting is 60% science and 40% an art. The foremost requirement for an actor is DISCIPLINE and DEDICATION. The misconception of glamour associated with the industry can be thrown out the window. An actor’s life is a hard life, with strict time lines, research, practice, and a lot of hard work.”
Excerpts from article in The Times Of India – “Are you a Misfit?”
“There are a lot of people who are passionate about acting and do not get a proper chance as they are poor in English. We lose brilliant actors because of that. Acting has got nothing to do with the knowledge of English. Everyone’s accepted here, even those who do not confirm to the norms.”
“All of us have an inherent ability to act, we just don’t know it. And when we have to perform on stage, we become conscious. I help my students let go of that inhibition as that’s the only thing stopping someone from becoming a good actor. It doesn’t matter if you have an American accent or an Indian one.”
- The theatre of the alchemist – An article featuring MISF!T workshop for the Times of India’s “Bangalore for Women” campaign and the feedback from some of the participants. – Mar 19, 2013
- Times of India’s Facebook page on the workshop: here
- The war within – The review about the play “Eelam”, which was performed by the students of MSRIT, and mentored by Ratan Thakore Grant – Feb 20, 2012
- Plucky portrayal of intense emotions – May 16, 2012
- Conveying a strong message – May 15, 2012
- A play of social and cultural significance – May 21, 2012
- I find my team impressive – On MSRIT for the Bangalore Amateur Theatre Festival – Feb 3rd 2012
- MSRIT takes a serious, complex issue head-on – Guided by Ratan Thakore Grant, the young team is all set to stage a play that revolves around a suicide bomber, based on a real life incident – Jan 08th 2012
- Dial M for Mentors – Bangalore Mirror, Dec 22nd 2011
- “Where actors are born – Indian Express
- “Not a Misfit in the world of theatre” – Deccan Herald Metro Life