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Webinar on career opportunities in performing arts

Be guided by our panel of actors, dancer-choreographers, and academics
Learn about career opportunities in performing arts on September 17.

Our Correspondent   |     |   Published 16.09.20, 06:39 PM

Do you love performing before an audience but don’t know if you can make it a full-time career? Sign up for the webinar Performing Arts: Your Passion as Your Profession and hear it from the professionals. The virtual session is part of CampusToCareer 2020, a free ongoing webinar series from ABP Education.

When: September 17, 3 pm

What it’s about: The session will educate you about how you can chart a career path in the performing arts.

Expect: To learn about the different facets of performing arts. Discover the scope for research and academics in this area. If you love dance, understand if choreography can be a good career option. Passionate about acting? Explore what it takes to be a consummate actor and the importance of learning the craft.

Meet the speakers:

Dr. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi: Urmimala was just five when she joined the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre as a student and went on to become a part of the performing troupe while in middle school. She continued to perform and travel across the world with Amala Shankar till college. Her Ph.D. research was in anthropology. Urmimala has specialized in dance studies, visual anthropology, and ethnographic research. Her current work focuses on changing the landscapes of dance in India for women who have survived trafficking and violence and examining the politics of performance in gender, labor, identities, and hierarchies.  She is currently the president of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. Her auto-ethnographical essay, Revisiting Being Rama: Playing a God in Changing Times, is being published by Oxford University Press, New York, and her manuscript on Uday Shankar and his dance has also been accepted for publication.

Tanusree Shankar, dancer, and choreographer: A dancer of international repute, Shankar is the choreographer and chief inspiration of the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company. After training for seven years under Amala Shankar, she developed her own unique style of choreography that gives concrete shape to the music inspiring it and is based on the Uday Shankar style of dance. She has handled the choreography for several prestigious international conferences, festivals, and mega-events, and is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2011, for her contribution towards Creative and Experimental Dance. She is committed to sharing her experiences in academia, through masterclasses at premier institutions such as Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and workshops in Reading for the WOMAD Festival, Birmingham and Leeds in the UK, and for BA 2 students at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK. She heads the Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy and has also acted in several films, including Aparajita Tumi, Hemanter Pakhi, and The Namesake.

Piya Chakraborty, Secretary, HEDS (Moderator): Chakraborty wears multiple hats as a sociologist, social worker, and academic researcher. She is currently also engaged in the activities of HEDS (Health and Ecodefence Society), a non-governmental organization committed to the causes of public health and environmental awareness. After completing her bachelor's, master's, and MPhil degrees in sociology and social sciences, she served as a researcher in an international sociological research project conducted by Umeå University, Sweden. Her academic research has covered issues of diasporic identity, multiculturalism, and labor studies, and her interests also lie in the fields of gender, mental health, and contemporary politics, both local and global. She is a member and spokesperson for CitizenspeakIndia, a civil society forum of artists, activists, and scholars, dedicated to the causes of democracy, free speech, and social inclusion.

Mrs. Manoshi Roy Chowdhury, Co-Chairman, Techno India Group, with her determination, power of patience, and passion has conquered great heights to emerge successfully. A sportswoman who thoroughly enjoys sports, an avid book lover, a musician by heart, she strikes a beautiful balance amidst her busy life. Under her co-leadership, Techno India University has received the award for being The Best Private University in entrepreneurship development (2018). Mrs. Roy Chowdhury is also the recipient of Sheprenuer Award from the Eastern Chamber of Commerce to the innovation of higher education for Techno India University by Quality Forum of India just to name a few. A mother of two beautiful souls, she is no less in showering equal motherly love and affection to all the 5000 employees and students under her wings. An epitome of politeness, her mission remains to enrich all with quality education and take her empire to greater heights of success.

Saayoni Ghosh, Actress

Certificate of attendance: Those watching the entire webinar on Zoom will be eligible for a certificate of attendance from ABP Education. To register for Performing Arts: Your Passion as Your Profession, sign up here.

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