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
Sachin Kothari : sachinkkothari at rediffmail dot com
I am a Misfit now for life ! I cherish the moments long after they have passed – in my mind, in my dreams, in my thoughts. And, then i rate that experience based on how much it reels in my mind. Misfit has been once such awesome experience – still growing in my mind and i am still digesting it – long after the moments have passed! I wish such courses were taught while we were in schools and colleges – those tender ages before we make our career choices! Long after we passed out of colleges, it looked like we are back in one such college with a difference- relaxed and safe environment and awesome teacher- one of the best i have experienced in my life !
How come i did not know that acting involved such technicalities – nuances – that an audience may not appreciate but an actor would. Apart from teaching, the constructive feedbacks after our acts were “amazing” – some of them i still seem to hear as Ratan was saying – again long after those were delivered. They were “amazing” as they made sense to me (very few things do).
Ratan is a great actor and teacher – the ease with which he explains abstract concepts and nuances. I always believed lot of what we learn depends upon how it was taught. With Ratan there, i am rest assured that there can be no one better.The way he sensed the vibrations and understood the need for an activity – wow!
To all my batchmates and friends, it was amazing to be with you. You folks are true misfits as well. Lets carry on the culture in whatever we do in life.
Not only the classes have served my purpose, it has surpassed them and opened a new creative world for me which was so much missing till now.
Want to badly enrol for Level 2 but at the same time, save my marriage . My wife and kids have been immensely supportive of me joining the weekend classes which took away their weekend time with me. Time to payback now.
Would love to be associated with Ratan and friends at Misfit.
Surabhi Bajaj : surabhi dot bajaj at ymail dot com
Theatre has always intrigued me, but never had I thought I will be sitting in a class for days with a batch of an absolutely crazy gang, having so much fun, and learning the nuances from the maestro—Ratan. Though, with a career in learning, I should know how adult learning works, but it is a treat to watch someone implement adult learning principles and make learning fun and retainable every day.
From Day 1, it has been a revelation. After every class, I have tried to use different verbs to describe my experience—from FUN to fulfilling to liberating to therapeutic, and the pool is expanding. Attending the workshop, listening to Ratan narrate examples and teach us technicalities of acting, many a times it seems that the experience is bringing you a step closer towards becoming a human who is humane. It feels like a mini philosophy class sometimes. Learning to break your inhibitions, still making sure that you treat each other with utmost respect; becoming children again and doing crazy no-brainer activities, which have aplenty to teach on hindsight; appreciating every trait (gestures, voice, mannerism and what not) of your fellow beings and learning to observe and ‘appreciate’; living for the moment and being spontaneous; allowing yourself to fall, freely, and in turn, learning to trust the wonderful beings around you; speaking without speech; seeing without sight; and most importantly, living the adage that practice makes you perfect, thus, learning to improvise, every time—there is so much that Ratan has unraveled, so (at least visibly) effortlessly.
With the grading day approaching, Ratan will soon let the little birdies (or should I say ‘the Dumb Ducks’) fly out in the open after putting all his faith and hard work in them. Alas, the celebration and revelry will culminate soon, but I really hope that this experience has turned a new leaf in us towards becoming individuals who can express, emote and ACT; who are a better package than what had arrived at Misfit. Thanks a ton, Baba for doing what you do—so beautifully!
Pansy Parmar: panparmar at hotmail dot com
They say that when the student is ready , the teacher appears. Not only did the teacher appear, it seems
like I have hit a jackpot, how can everything be so perfect and tuned to my way of thinking!! ( I believe that when I make a sincere wish , the universe responds).
Perfect in the way of the approach to theater: a balance between theory and practicals, the handpicked fellow group mates, and your training skills .Your positive energy, acute listening skills ( at times I felt you were reading the minds of some of us!), your response to each one of us and to our body language, all this made sure that we paid attention at all times (quickly tried a new method to teach Do’s and Dont’s when you saw our energy waning)and each of us got involved in the learning. Perfect in the balance of discipline and fun, getting rid of our inhibitions and you guiding us through the the techniques of theater.
As a group we take great pride in our ‘bonding’ and camaraderie and I know it is not so much us but you who made it happen( coffee sessions added to it ). Kudos and thanks!
At a personal level, the word ‘MISFIT’ is what I related to immediately; unconventional , artistic and a bit of a rebel and I found a common ground with my fellow ‘Misfits’, both in batch 28 and our seniors. I feel comfortable in expressing myself
in the group and that helped me to get out of the shell I had placed myself in.
Theater will happen at Misfit ,a given , but more than that it is the environment of great love for the art, an absolute environment of trust and respect for each other , discipline , attention to detail and intolerance for tardiness that makes it an enriching and sustainable experience for me.
I salute you and thank you and fellow Misfits of Batch 28 and seniors ( specially Archanaa, Vishal , Venky, Amit, Ritesh , Ankit, Deepti, Krish) for this unforgettable,learning loaded with fun, and it is PERFECT … a PERFECT MISFIT experience!
- The students of Level 1 Batch 29 are having their grading on the 2nd March, 2014. For details visit Events page.
- MISF!T®’s Level 1 Batch 29 started on 25th Jan 2014. Some of the photos of the course-in-progress is available on facebook at Week1, Week2 and Week 3. Photos beautifully captured by Ankit Bharadwaj, Archana Shetty and Vishal Nair.
- The students of Level 2 Batch 9 Grading completed their grading on 29th Sept,2013. Some of the photographs of their grading is available on our Facebook page. Photos by Krishnan Suresh. Other details about the grading is available here. Some of the photos of this batch(work in progress) available on our Facebook page.
- The students of L1 Batch 28 completed their grading on Sunday, 28th July 2013. Some of the photographs of their grading is available on our Facebook page at Part 1 and Part 2.Photographs beautifully captured by Avishar Dutta and Aravind Iyer.The photographs of the workshop in progress is available on our facebook page at Week 1,Week 2,Week 3 and Week 4. Photos by Vishal Nair, Ritesh Srivastava,Chethan G Satheesh and Archanaa Shetty.
- The second season of MISF!T® ’s original play – “Can “I” Play God” finished with 6 shows this year on 18th August, 2013.Audience Feedback from the shows on 10th and 11th August available here. For further details, visit our Events page.
- The students of the 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.
- 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 “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.
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 – “The theatre of the alchemist”
It was a varied group that converged at Ratan Thakore Grant’s theatre workshop in Koramangala on Sunday morning. Once the event started, there was a certain alchemy at work. Inhibitions melted, even the reticent articulated their views, the women acted as one in the next couple of hours and high energy flowed. The transformation was purely magical.
TOI’s Bangalore For Women campaign included a theatre workshop, which provided women an insightful glimpse into the nuances of theatre, while also offering them something more. With inhibitions gone, practitioners entered an intimate, sacred space, which is very empowering. Grant said: “People are afraid of being seen as ‘foolish’ and that holds them back. Right from the beginning of the workshop, I wanted them to get rid of that inhibition. Then expressing themselves through their bodies comes naturally. They can make use of their voice effectively and it will help them in their communication.”
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