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Art Gyan is a web-based arts education platform striving to make the arts accessible and affordable to students across India and the world, while simultaneously providing professional artistes with a structured platform to teach a wide network of learners.

We envision Art Gyan as a unique education portal featuring talented artistes who offer engaging courses to students of all age groups and diverse backgrounds. We want to generate opportunities in the arts for teachers and students alike, keeping an ‘art for all’ objective in place. Given that the pandemic has brought the arts industry, along with many others, to a complete halt, we genuinely hope this platform will benefit professional artists and help them to sustain themselves monetarily while allowing learners who have been hit by the ongoing crisis to begin or continue their arts education at affordable prices.

Currently, the platform features courses by over 40 artists across 7 streams - art, music, dance, theatre, wellness, food, Literature, with a variety of sub-streams under each from hindustani vocals to folk instruments and from baking to dance therapy. The website is LIVE, and classes will be launched shortly on completion of the testing phase. The aim is to offer exclusive courses that empower the audience and artistes equally. We have the likes of Sonam Kalra, Amit Kilam, Chef Picu, Pt. Sukhdev Mishra, Shambhunath Bhattacharjee Karan Khosla, Nazm Kaur, Anirban Ghosh (Baan), Gilles Chuyen, Sukriti Sen, Chugge Khan, etc!

Masterclasses

MAKE AND CREATE BY FAEZEH JALALI

14th May 2021 06:00 PM artgyan.com

A performance creation workshop for all ages. Write your own script- a scary scene, a serious song, a peppy poem or a merry monologue and then... proudly perform! We will teach you how! Write your own script - a satirical scene, dramatic dialogues, comic characters, a poem, song and a monologue - which you will proudly perform!

Faezeh Jalali:

Faezeh is the Founder and Artistic Director of FATS Thearts, Mumbai. She is an award-winning actor, director, and writer, as well as a teacher, choreographer, activist and aerialist. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Faezeh is the recipient of the prestigious Tanveer Natyadharme Puraskar 2017 for her contribution to the field. She has also been a META awardee for her plays/performances in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Faezeh has been working professionally for several years on stage (toured internationally), in film, TV and, more recently, in web-series.

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BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL WITH QUASAR THAKORE PADAMSEE

15th May 2021 07:00 PM artgyan.com

Used as a tool meant to trigger laughs in comedic plays, audience interaction can also be used as a plot device to push forward a social message by implicating the audience as witnesses. In this workshop, the participants will work on ways to forge connections with the audience with a focus on improvisation skills required to create an immersive theatre-watching experience.

Quasar Thakore Padamsee :

Quasar is a theatre-holic and lover of all things theatrical. Since 1999, he has directed and produced over 25 plays with QTP, including Every Brilliant Thing, A Peasant of El Salvador, Project S.T.R.I.P., So Many Socks, Minorities and many others about contemporary social concerns. Internationally, he has worked on Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is a founding member of Thespo - a youth theatre initiative. At present, he is serves on the festival committee of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International LitFest.

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THE ART OF DIRECTING WITH LILLETE DUBEY

3rd July 2021 03:00 PM artgyan.com

Breaking down the craft of direction in theatre, the workshop will guide the participants on how to bring together various elements of theatre production in order to create a successful play. The session will focus on working with performers, composers, stage designers, costume designers, choreographers and other members of the professional crew; learning and exploring the numerous visual, dramatic and technical cues and finally demonstrate how the storyline shines through for the audience to enjoy the show.

Lillete Dubey:

Lillete Dubey is a renowned film, television and theatre actor, and director. She has been the Artistic Director of The Primetime Theatre Company for 30 years and her theatrical work, both as actor and director, has received much acclaim nationally and internationally. She has been on the Expert Committee of the Ministry of Culture, on the jury of several theatre and film festivals, and is a trustee of Nrityagram.

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FROM PAGE TO STAGE: A MASTERCLASS ON BRINGING THE SCRIPT TO LIFE WITH SAURABH SHUKLA

3rd July 2021 05:00 PM artgyan.com

How does one ensure that the stage sets the right tone to translate the emotion of a written scene? From acting to directing, from lighting and set design to the right background score, this masterclass will focus on how different elements of a particular act are detailed out to bring each scene to life.

Saurabh Shukla:

National Award-winner Saurabh Shukla is a celebrated actor, writer and director. He is famous for his roles in Satya, Slumdog Millionaire, Barfi!, Jolly LLB, Kick, PK, Jolly LLB 2 and Raid. Shukla began serious theatre in 1986. His recent plays, Two to Tango, Barff and Jab Khilu Khitab (which he wrote and directed) have been critically acclaimed at major theatre festivals in India.

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Snacking Partner

In the late 80s, Shri Shivratan Agarwal decided to walk his path and create a new identity for himself, this lead to the birth of the brand Bikaji. At the time when the technology to produce Bhujia on a large scale was unthought of, Shri Agarwal successfully laid the foundation of his dream venture. Not only, he ventured across the world to find and co-invent the right technology for producing bhujia; but he also managed to find an easy to remember name for the brand, that would easily connect with the consumers. The name Bikaji is derived from Bika Rao- the founder of Bikaner and Ji, used as a mark of respect in India. Shri Agarwal’s vision was to give the world, a taste of Aslee Parampara. He desired to reach every consumer with authentic Indian taste, that reflects India’s culture and values. Over the years, Bikaji has managed to win hearts across the globe, with its power of ethnic-snacking. Today, Bikaji stands for authentic Indian taste, with diverse products and innovative packaging, adding to its commitment of taking Aslee Indian taste to the world.