Training Program

Seagull has worked with people of different age groups and has also conducted workshops to promote  the collaboration.

a.  THEATRE ACADEMY

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In conformity with Seagull’s holistic and professional approach to theatre, training for actors has been considered to be an indispensable requirement. Only a trained actor can have an in depth understanding and appreciation of the varied aspects of theatre. Consequently under the guidance of Bhagirathi, the Seagull Theatre Academy was established in 1995 as a part of the National School of Drama’s Extension Programme. A full-fledged course was conducted till 1999, whereby an average of twenty students were imparted comprehensive training in dramatics every year. Thereafter with the closure of NSD’s project, Seagull has been conducting the training programme on its own initiative.

Bhagirathi and Baharul Islam conducted the regular classes for the course. Moreover to encourage the students and enrich their learning-experience, a number of eminent personalities like Late B.V. Karanth, Late H.Kanhailal, Rita G. Kothari, Satyabrata Rawat, Ashish Vidyarthi, Siddhartha Chakravarty, Ramachandra Sahu, Jyoti Narayan Nath, Karuna Deka etc. have visited the Academy as Guest-lecturers.

More than a Hundred and Fifty students, hailing from different corners of the state, have passed out from the Academy so far. Some of them have started their own theatre-troupes in their hometowns, some have gone for further training to National School of Drama, and some have become actively involved in commercial theatre or the media.

Productions of Academy students:

  • Saraighat (1996)

Script; Karuna Deka

Direction: Baharul Islam

  • Mrichchakatikam (1997)

Script: Shudrak

Director: Bhagirathi

  • Tughlaq (1997)

Script: Girish Karnad

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Uzir Mangla (1999)

(Puntila and his man Matti)

Script: Bertold Breckht

Direction: Bhagirathi and Baharul Islam

  • Ganashatru (2001)

(An enemy of the people)

Script:  Ibsen

Direction: Mrinal Kumar Bora
  • Kashmir Kumari (2002)
Script: Ganesh Gogoi

Direction: Baharul Islam
  • Kio (2002)

Script: Phani Sharma

Direction: Amitav Kalita

  • Aharar Edin (2003)

Script: Mohan Rakesh

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Macbeth (2004)

Script: Shakespeare

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Merchant of Venice (2005)

Script: Shakespeare

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Aharar Edin (2006)

Script: Mahon Rakesh

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Holi (2006)

Script: Mahesh Elkuswar

Direction: Nirmali Buragohain

  • Rupalim

                                        Play: Jyoti Prasad Agarwala

                                           Director Prabin Saikia

  • Kio

                                            Play: Phani Sarma

                                           Director: Amitav Kalita

  • Tughlak

                                           Play: Girish Karnad

                                         Director: Mrinal Kumar Bora

  • Julius Caesar

                                            Play: Shakespeare

                                            Director: Bhagirathi

  • Court Marshal

                                           Play: Swadesh Deepak

                                             Director: Bhagirathi

Besides these major play productions, the students have also presented a number of short play productions, based on short stories, themes in poems, paintings and even their own script. Through this effort, students are encouraged to explore and build on their own innovations.

b.WORKING WITH DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN

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  The children with disabilities are an integral part of society, yet their special needs are often overlooked. With an aim to develop confidence amongst these children, while providing them with wholesome entertainment, Seagull has been providing training and organizing performances on a voluntary basis with the children of some organisations for the past few years.

The Programmes are tailor-made to suit the special needs and capacities of these children. Under the guidance of Bhagirathi, some artistes of Seagull are also involved in producing plays with the children of Shishu Sarothi on various themes.

Some of their Productions are:

  • The Nature

Directed by Baharul Islam

  • Costumwala

Script: Baharul Islam

Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Godzilla and His Three brothers

Script: Baharul Islam

Direction: Jyoti Narayan Nath

  • Kola Kawrir Gaan

Script: Murthy De Raje (in Kannada)

Translation and Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Sialor Biya

   Script: Sirajul Haque

 Direction: Bhagirathi

  • Buddhuram

Director:  Bhagirathi

  • Alibaba aru 40 Chor

Director:  Bhagirathi

Bhagirathi has been awarded a two-year Fellowship (junior + senior) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for working with these children through the medium of theatre.

In order to build a friendly relationship between the normal children and differently abled children Bhagirathi has been conducting regular classes for them and also produced two plays: BUDDHURAM and BOBAR HONTAAN. Both the plays were performed in Jashne Bachpan International Children Festival organized by National School of Drama in New Delhi.

c.    SUNDAY CLASSES FOR CHILDREN

         Every Sunday Seagull conducts classes for the children of age group 4 -13 years.

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As the part of culmination each session produced some different plays.

Some worth mentioning play productions of Sunday classes’ children are-

  •  Pinjorar vidyalaya

Direction: Bhagirathi

  •  Bhootor Coat

Director: Bhagirathi

  •  Kinnar jogi

Director: Bhagirathi

  •  Roja

Director: Bhagirathi

  • Alibaba aru 40 chor

Director:  Bhagirathi

  •  Belko Puran

Director: Mukul Idipach

  •  Kuhipaat

Director: Prabin Saikia

  •  Xisa Panir Maas

Director: Baharul Islam

  •  Latkan

Director: Mukul Idipach

  •  Gohalighoror Doordarshan

Director: Dibosh Jyoti Boruah

  •  Boroxun

Birinchi Kumar Gogoi

  •  Geete Ganthe Milan Mala

Director: Bhagirathi

  •  Sorobjaan

Director: Rajiv medhi and Indrajit Das

  • Ulta Palta

Directors: Dibosh Jyoti Boruah and Birinchi Kumar Gogoi

  •  Futil Futil Nufutil Thak

Anjan Bhyan

  •  Fosoukoli Dot Com

Anjan Bhuyan

Seagull theatre also conducted SUNDAY ACTING CLASSES for adult for consecutive two years. And they produced Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play BADACHIRABANDI in Assamese, directed by Bhagirathi.

   d.THEATRE WORKSHOP
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From time to time, Seagull has organized Theatre workshops for youth and children on varied themes like acting, production, designing, and theatre music etc. in association with local troupes and schools in the city and different remote areas of the Northeast.

Under the guidance of Bhagirathi toured twice to Karnataka with North east students to learn folk songs and movements.The purpose of the tour was to get these artistes acquainted with the folk theatre culture of Karnataka. With this aim in mind they were asked to undergo a training by the experts on various folk-theatre forms such as Yakshagana, Kamsaale, Veeragase  Kunita, kolata, Dollu Kunita, Puja Kunita, Folk Songs etc.