Category Archives: Performing Arts

Mime – The Essence of Acting

Miming For Masters, international Mime Festival has come to an (silent) end yesterday, and as Sri Niranjan Gosami has graced the last performance, he also graced our studio with his presence and generous interview - conversation with our mime artist Drupad.
An interesting conversation leads us from history of mime in India, and the world, and we find out that t Sri Niranjan Gowsami was the first student in late 70s who had received national scholarship in mime, at the time still in the field of theater.
Amongst other Sri Niranjani Goswami also clearly express that " Mime is the essence of acting, without mime you cannot be a good actor:
In the conversation Niranjani Gowasmi and Drupad also touch the situation in Auroville from the perspective of studying and researching mime, as an silent art form along with other expressive art forms, and theater.
Niranjan Goswami Sri Niranjan Goswamiji taught Madhu the art of Mime in his Indian Mime Theatre in Kolkata. Goswamiji is one of the pioneers of mime in India who received the prestigious Padma Shri Award from the President of India. He has also received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Life Time Achievement in mime. This Artistee has organized National Mime Festivals all over India for several years now, encouraging the development of mime and mime Artistes in the country. He is a Visiting Professor in several acclaimed institution of drama, theater and art in India including the NSD. He is also the first Artiste in India to have written and performed full-fledged plays in the universal language of mime.
When you are almost alone with yourself, the soul transcends the bounds of language and the body takes over a thousand and one gestures that express a world of feeling which go unnoticed but are preserved in the eyes of the artist. The preservation, which started since childhood days, has reached its youth today and made one pantomimist: Niranjan Goswami. Niranjan Goswami is just not a name in today's Pantomime world. Niranjan himself has become an institution today. His tireless exploration and experimentation on the art of pantomime has brought him closer to masses. Niranjan gave solo pantomime recitals throughout the nation, which brings him rapturous praise from the world people of all walks of life.

Off the Cuff – 52

This week as we enjoy the arrival of the monsoon's abundant rain, we discuss an ongoing study concerning our finance and economy, budgets and accounting, the Abc's of the BCC as we continue to investigate this fascinating topic ... and other matters of the moment.

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Off the Cuff – 49

In which Renu (as usual) interrupts Andreas intro to share thoughts on Saraswati Puja, Wazo announce he feels serious, but we agree that changes are the air. Updates on the radio affairs and our interest to follow a topic (how to finance free services) to understand the present and if and how changes are organized and implemented. Andrea likes the Kalpana's project efforts in communication (a brochure send through the news) and we discuss the design and costs.

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Off the Cuff-46

OTC's random topics of the day: Gandhi Jayanti an official holiday but the radio team was busy and preparations for the Film festival, which is opening today, were on-going. Movies from all over the world were collected and it is an exciting moment for all. Auroville was covered by the major Indian newspapers with positive articles regarding our cultural events and more. It's amazing to see how productive Auroville is. Meanwhile Pour Tous Water has its first birthday and Wazo suggests that BCC & Finance needs a collective re-thinking to look at how to move to a service society and a Fraternal Economy. Renu gives a brief report on wildlife sightings and the magic relation with nature in the Green Belt concerning wasps and bees. The Millidacious play and how to balance the free access to events organized in Auroville and the people who come from outside and the costs faced by the artists? To support Off the Cuff and the Auroville Radio please visit the page:

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2015

Mime Wait for Godot

Last night at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India was the last performing night for the closure of Miem Festival - Mime fro Masters, which has started on 12thof November. Despite the bad weather there were some enthusiastic people to follow the program, in which few types of mime were put on the stage. For the end four mime artist shared with us an fantasy story on the music score made by Drupad. The event was graced by Padma Shri Awardee Shri Niranjan Goswami who is the Director of Indian Mime Theatre in Kolkata, and the President of Indian Mime Federation.
A festival of many firsts is an International Mime Festival taking place for the first time within various mime groups worldwide and within a few states in India.

Off the Cuff-51

In which Renu reports on the first Active Residents Assembly (ARA) meeting, Wazo makes some observations calling the ARA a British conspiracy and an informal parliament of inactive people and defines the general role of various countries in Auroville and so much more while Andrea speaks of commitment as a motivating factor for creation and change and more

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Off the Cuff-48

In which Andrea studies multiple reports but ends up frustrated and confused unable to make sense of anything and condemns us to being ignorant idiots. The revival of the contentious Pony Farm road brings us to the issue of prioritees and economy which in turn makes us question why the world needs Auroville if we dont understand what we are doing all together, ourselves.

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Off the Cuff – 53

The monsoon rains continue to fall, reported flooding areas in Chennai, here in Auroville its muddy roads with grateful greenery sprouting abundantly changing the customary route to our office to share an Off the Cuff on what we have been up to and what we observe and who gets to talk when.

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Off the Cuff – 50

We celebrate one year of Off the Cuff, Renu wonders about the supramental action on the collective body, Guidelines and rules, changes in Auroville and an experiment that Wazo and Renu are recording a suggested change and the entire process to try and implement it we start with Slava of the RAS. Wazo defends being angry as any positive changes are often very reluctant to take place and he will not "keep cool" in face of the tragedies of the reality and the uselessness of reporting to the groups in todays scenario and other issues.

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Off the Cuff-47

In this OtC episode we have a relaxed approach to topics, exhausted after the storm of activities around the Auroville Film Festival, bringing us to contemplate and discuss a plaza for social gatherings, the atmosphere it creates, the advantages and limits to such ideas. We share our views on the what, why and how of information and communication; Auronet survey and feedback, why the radio shares information and not croissants and that a narrative report, with the creative or visionary aspects must be part of or accompany the technical report for it to become useful as well as other stuff.

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