My Interest Stays Firmly in Theatre
Acting workshops/courses – Snippets of feedback from the students
“When at âMisfitâÂ I felt special and important. I was made to believe that i had the potential to act…My experience at Misfit was not an experienceÂ I can put behind me and move on. It is a painting…âMisfitâ 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…Donât 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. Iâve learnt a lot, made lots of new friends and really enjoyed the whole process!” – Urmila
Abhisek Purkayastha(uriaheap at gmail dot com)
I am a Batch 29 L1 pass-out certificate holder. All my batch mates who would speak about great things they have learnt as part of the Misfit L1 course. I would however like to do some constructive criticism about Misfit…(more).
Lyria Kurian(lyria dot kurian at gmail dot com)
“Welcome to hell”
How nice a line to greet someone. Well! Donât be shocked but this is exactly how everyone is welcomed at MISFIT. Trust me when I say, if hell was MISFIT then I would love to be in hell…(more)
Abhishek Krishnagiri Amarnath (abhishekka8589 at gmail dot com)
Coining a term as ‘course’ for this will not be fair, I would say it is an “EXPERIENCE”. This is surely one of the Bucket List item for those having even slight interest in acting…(more)
|Updates and Events|
- MISF!T® (My Interest Stays Firmly In Theatre) is starting its 35th Level 1 Acting course on August 6, 2016. First round of interviews and registrations on 24th July, 2016. To register, please call 9241500886. Other details available here.
- MISF!T® Open Stage Presents – âYadiâ : Stories from Mahabharatha on 10th July, 2016. Tickets are priced at Rs. 150/-. For tickets, contact +91-8105601867. For details, please check the Events page.
- MISF!T® (My Interest Stays Firmly In Theatre) presents âBlurred Linesâ â Level 2 Batch 13 grading on Sunday the 12th of June, 2016 at 7.30 pm.For details, check here.
- MISF!T® (My Interest Stays Firmly In Theatre) is starting its new Advanced Acting Course (Level 2) â on May 7, 2016. For details see here. For other finer details, call 9241500886.
MISF!T® started âThe Open Stage â Season 2âł on Jan 3rd, 2016. For details, see here.
Ratan – on the teaching of acting:
I have always believed that acting cannot be taught – we are born with that ability.Â All of us are amazing, brilliant actors.Â 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.Â Thus, the only thing about acting that can be taught, is to blur the line between reality and make believe.Â 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.”
A few articles below…
- The theatre of the alchemist – An article featuring MISF!T workshop for the Times of Indiaâs âBangalore for Womenâ 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 âEelamâ, 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