Category 1 - Essay on General Topic: 10. Change in education system of India: In the past few years, children are denied education. We must understand that education and development go hand in hand. The Role of education in developing countries is a very important one as lack of education causes poverty and slow economic development of a country especially if the country is a developing country. Education is very important for everyone it’s a primary need of any individual, every girl or boy child should have the right to quality education so that they can have better chances in life, including employment opportunities, and better health. The role of education in poverty reduction is huge. Some advantages of education are: it boosts economic growth and increases the GDP of a country. It even reduces infant mortality rate, increases human life expectancy. Education is an important investment in a country as there are huge benefits. Education guarantees lifetime income; it promotes peace and reduces drop-out rates from schools and colleges and encourages healthy competition. Many children dropout form colleges as they are not aware of the advantages of college education. Education helps in making the right decisions at the time of conflicts. Now Comparing Education Systems of Other Developed Countries by India: The first difference comes in the middle school Class 4th In Germany after Class 4th (middle school) the student has three option in their hands which are Hauptschule, Realschule & Gymnasium these are suggested to the students according to their ability. Students who are good in studies gymnasium is offered to them, for average students Realschule is offered & accordingly for below average or poor students Hauptschule is offered. Gymnasium: Till 12th and then university Realschule: Till 10th and then vocational training Hauptschule: Till 9th and then vocational training In Singapore from class 1st to class 6th primary school is there, after class 6th students are divided in class 7th students are divided into three categories: It is called as Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE): 1. Express course (for high scorer students in examination PSLE) 2. N(A) Normal academics course (for average scorer students in examination PSLE) 3. N(T) Normal technical course (for below average scorer students in examination PSLE) In the end of 10th class, The students of express course has to give an exam which is called olevel exam then they are upgraded to 11th & 12th class which is called junior college (JC) after that they can attend university, but normal category students are not offered to do this they have to write an N-level exam after that they are promoted to the polytechnic institution or an arts institute or they can opt for institute of technical education which is basically vocational training. These systems also have some disadvantages, as they are introducing new system known as subject based banding system. 19. Different workshops conducted such as theatre: The theatre workshop opened all of us in so many different ways, but it broke the same barriers and inhibitions that we had hold on to for so long. The classes taught us team work. It made us more confident, expressive and comfortable. The processes of preparing for a performance helped us experience and value the perspective of other people participating with us. As students endeavor to learn to act, to be involved in the many aspects of theatre, and to entertain audiences with the art and craft of theatre, they are gaining understanding of themselves and others. The workshop also had a unique blend of team activities that showed me how important is it to have trust within your team if you want to be a high performing team. Without trust you can never realize the true potential of what you as a team are capable of doing. Workshop 1: Voice and speech by Durgesh sir Voice, speech, diction, texture all are important tool for an actor to work on. There is lot of involvement of body parts in it such as abdomen, throat, vocal cords, every exercise in theatre starts with warm-up which equally important to Heaten up your body for the exercise and to prevent body from any fracture voice exercise starts with a warmup Ha... sound with a jerk (preferably in sitting position), With every "Ha," push in your abdomen to force the sound out of you (practice this 4-5 times) after this warmup starting with the vocal exercise with the production of Hindi alphabet (अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ए ऐ ओ औ अं अः) words with clarity, high pitch and high notes together after practicing it 4-5 times relax your body and make yourself comfortable. this exercise is very useful for clarity of spoken words, voice modulation, enhances diction and also helps in dialogue delivery. It was a great experience to get these knowledgeable tips to enhance our voices and diction. Workshop 2: Body Movement & yoga by Miss komal gupta ma’am: It is known that each part of our body reacts while portraying a character on the stage, our body language changes with set of emotion, feeling and dialogues So it’s important to train your whole body to act accordingly Although it is difficult to control each part of your body to respond in such a way as needed, here comes an workshop for body movement to maintain a balance between our body and mind to run accordingly, most of the time while we are engaged in a scene we lost our control on our body unknowingly but all this depends on your practice and training, our workshop with komal ma’am includes different yoga postures and body movement exercises, which has developed most of the postures of our body, but after two or three days we have to regularly practice all exercises with are self to see the results. Both the workshop has given me a lot to understand and to work on for improving my acting skills. Category 3 - Essay related to how I Utilized 8 days of Rishikesh tour: In these eight days I have attended some workshop on method acting and watched some plays starting with the workshop, so I have gone through 7days workshop on method acting by method O’ acting drashta India, it was conducted by Rajesh Bali sir an alumnus of national school of drama. Let me introduce with the method acting by Konstantin Stanislavski what actually method acting means, method acting is technique in acting in which an actor the truth of being himself and recalls his emotional memory and lives truly under imaginary circumstances. How it all starts, it basically starts from searching yourself by investigating your own self in every moment how to behave when you blush, happy, sad, angry, lazy, tired, etc. It all depends on human phycology that’s why everyone is unique in his own self, because we all have different phycology which make us unique but unknowingly after practicing In rehearsal, the actor searches for inner motives to justify action and the definition of what the character seeks to achieve at any given moment. Basically an actor has to achieve to requirement of character fully for that three major things works for an actor that are mind, will and feeling then he goes through the perspective of the role is to be played by him for that sense of our own self is important and after that finally the actor achieves the supertask ( finally enters into character). But the system proposed by Stanislavski has many disadvantages, Stanislavsky’s system is for the actors to tap into their “emotional memory” to achieve a more realistic performance. His techniques are used to build believable characters. Stanislavski taught his students that in each scene, actors had goals and challenges to overcome. Due this some of the actors has gone through serious trauma both physically and mentally (mental disorder) Robert DeNiro during Raging bull, Tom Hanks during cast away and many more actors are in the list, as the problems with this is encountered by many actors or students of Stanislavski so some of them has introduced their own method of acting the most prominent from them are Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. So, in our classes with Rajesh Bali sir we have gone through some of the exercises which are The Seven Questions Applying Stanislavski’s technique requires actors to perform a detailed analysis of the script. They then need to find the answers to these Seven Questions to fully understand their characters and motivations: * Who am I? * Where am I? * What time Is It? * What do I want? * Why do I want it? * How will I get what I want? * What do I need to overcome to get what I want? Uncovering the answers to these questions requires thoughtful reflection. It often leads to a more personal connection between actors and their characters. The Magic If After completing the Seven Questions exercise, In this exercise, actors reflect upon their personal experiences and feelings, and apply them to their characters. When an actor thinks about, he or she would react in a particular situation, it provides further insight regarding some of the choices and challenges faced by their characters. Emotional Memory The actor is asked to think of a memory and apply all five senses. Using this technique, the actor can more intensely deep or bright manner. recall a memory and the emotions experienced at that time. 6. Working on acting play ‘Delhi-6’: starting from the very first day of the class the introduction session with our mentor and director of the play miss Priyanka Sharma, we all had to briefly introduce ourselves after that we have gone through mirror exercise which is very useful to make a powerful connect with your co-actor & it helps to increase your ability to observe characteristics of the person performing in front of you and create a great sense of concentration while performing with your partner (co-actor) in second day of class we have started with warmup exercise and then we have gone through the observation exercise, in which there is a group of two people sitting opposite to each other and they had to observe any ten details of your partner and we had to remember it until it is asked by our mentor. this exercise helps while we are building character so we can put our observation into character it can be a big detail like hairs style, beard, moustache etc. or it can be a minor detail like cut marks, nails, eye color etc. which helps in making a character’s outlook better. in further sessions before play, many exercises and theatre games had been taught by our mentor some of them are: 1) How to react under imaginary circumstances: in this exercise a situation is given and a music in the background is played according to the situation all the actor has to perform with their own style and behavior with the situation and the situations are changed with respect to time with which actor had to change his behavior accordingly. outcomes of the exercise: In this exercise some aspects of Meisner technique is covered such as "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances" and other aspects like involvement of our natural or regular behavior in scene. 2) On the spot scene creation: in this exercise only, characters are given to each participant and he/she has to perform according to his character by taking a surprising entry in the ongoing scene and he/she has to make his character the superior (status wise) one from other participant in the scene there are some conditions regarding this exercise: the character given to you can be anything e.g. fruit seller, army officer, camera man, prankster, sweeper, guard etc. but you should carry your attitude and make people believe that you are having high status whether you are portraying fruit seller, sweeper, guard etc. outcomes of the exercise: in this exercise we had learnt about how improvisation works and other things like use of Consciousness, be in the situation, and how team-work works. 3) Voice and breathing exercises: voice exercise starts with a warmup Ha... sound with a jerk (preferably in sitting position), With every "Ha," push in your abdomen to force the sound out of you (practice this 4-5 times) after this warmup starting with the vocal exercise with the production of Hindi alphabet (अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ए ऐ ओ औ अं अः) words with clarity, high pitch and high notes together after practicing it 4-5 times relax your body and make yourself comfortable. outcomes of this exercise: this exercise is very useful for clarity of spoken words, voice modulation, enhances diction and also helps in dialogue delivery. Reading of Script & Blocking: Now reading of script started, we had got the script of play delhi-6, in the starting we had to only read text of the script one by one irrespective of the characters in the second stage we had to feel the character and read the lines with the sub-text. Now everyone had to choose the character which they want to portray according to their own interest, after choosing your character you had to read it with subtext (feelings & emotions) and had to perform accordingly, after preparation of the character by each individual it had been decided that there will be two casts cast-1 & cast-2 and then each scene is blocked by our mentor according to script everyone had to work on their own character and build the character according to their own understanding, now we all have to practice the Scene daily with blocking and had to make the scenes very natural and relatable with our Everyday life. After all this reading of a script, blocking and scene making we have to rehearse our scene daily and in the end on 3/03/2020 we all have performed at Muktadhara- Banga Sanskriti Bhawan in the morning we had gone through 2-3 run-throughs with lights and set designing, after that we have gone through make-up and costumes according to our characters and it was a wonderful & a great experience to perform with whole cast on stage like Muktadhara. A sincere thanks to all our mentors and Team-mates: Miss Priyanka Sharma (director of the Play), Mr. Pulkit Sharma (assistant director), light wale sir, makeup vale sir and ma’am, Miss Tanya Trivedi (sound management) and all my co-actors. Category 5 - Feedback: 7.My suggestions on improving learning process (teaching method): Institute should have one permanent acting teacher from camera acting background with knowledge of theatre acting. Course must include method acting as one of the chapters to introduce students with method acting the institute should check the students those are taking admission are really interested in acting or not. There should more on camera acting exercises with the student both individually or in a group. Daily physical exercises related to theatre should be added in routine during whole session. Any workshop which is conducted related to makeup, dance, yoga, martial arts, etc. Should be of at least one week. Some rules and regulations regarding strictness in class room should be done, like no use of phones, unnecessary talking during classes, misbehaving with faculty, etc. The time period of classes should increase to at least 4-6hrs of classes should be given to students. The admission test should be enhanced quality wise and standard of questions should increase. Eligibility for admission test should be at graduate level, the student should be mature enough for the course to understand what actually he is doing.