An Acting Workshop by Anjan Dutt

Date and Time: 29 May to 3 June 2024
Time: 11 am to 5 pm (every day)
Venue: KCC 4th Floor – Room 1 & 2
Recommended Age Group: 24 to 45 Years

Join us at Kolkata Centre for Creativity for an exclusive six-day acting workshop led by the legendary Anjan Dutt. This comprehensive workshop offers a rare opportunity to delve into the fundamentals and intricacies of acting. Participants will explore everything from the essential role of an actor and character development to the subtle differences between authentic acting and mere performance.

Guided by Anjan Dutt's expert insights, you will engage in intensive sessions designed to challenge your perceptions and enhance your skills. This workshop is perfect for actors at all stages of their careers who are serious about refining their craft and exploring new dimensions of performance.

Course fee: 6,500 INR
Early bird fee: 5,500 INR (First 15)

The fee includes course designing and delivery, trainer costs, training materials, stationery, lunch and refreshments and a certificate endorsed by KCC.
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What to Expect:

🔹Practical Techniques: Delve into the essence of acting, and learn proven methods for character development, dialogue interpretation, and emotional authenticity.
🔹Personal Growth: Explore your strengths and vulnerabilities, and harness them to enhance your performances.
🔹Professional Guidance: Benefit from Anjan Dutt's wealth of experience in theatre, cinema, and music, as he shares invaluable insights and practical advice.
🔹Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow actors and industry professionals, paving the way for meaningful connections and opportunities.

Who Can Participate:

Actors from all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome, including theatre, screen, amateur, directors, models, film enthusiasts, and more. No prior experience is required - just a passion for acting and a commitment to growth.

Exclusive Opportunity:

Selected participants may be chosen by Anjan Dutt himself to be part of the upcoming KCC Arts Laboratory 9.0 project directed by him - a chance to showcase your talent on a prestigious platform.

About Anjan Dutt:

Anjan Dutt's artistic journey began in the late 70s when, at the age of 26, he immersed himself in the world of theatre, directing and acting in productions of renowned European classics by Sartre, Jean Genet, Peter Weiss, Bertolt Brecht, and Heiner Mueller. His talent caught the eye of legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen, leading to notable roles in Sen's films "Chalchitra" and "Kharij" in 1980 and 1981, respectively. His performance in "Chalchitra" earned him the Best Debut Acting Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1981.

In 1982, Anjan ventured to Germany to join the prestigious theatre company THEATREMANFACTUR in West Berlin, where he honed his craft for three years before returning to India. He continued to act in select films while also exploring his passion for music, achieving immense success as a singer-songwriter with three consecutive golden discs from HMV in 1993.

Transitioning to filmmaking, Anjan produced his first feature film, "Badadin," in Hindi in 1996, followed by a string of successful crossover films such as "Bow Barracks Forever," "The Bong Connection," "Madly Bengali," "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona," and "Dutta Vs Dutta," which garnered critical acclaim and international recognition. Notably, "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona" earned him three National Awards in 2011.

He moved on to making his own feature films, starting with a Hindi feature called Badadin in 1996 produced by Gramco Films a subsidiary company of HMV. He devoted more time to his music because of his concert tours in India and abroad. He focussed on his filmmaking career with from 2004 with highly successful crossover cinema like Bow Barracks Forever, The Bong Connection. Madly Bengali, Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona, Dutta Vs Dutta. Those films were not only successful at the box office and also travelled to International festivals. He received 3 National Awards for his film Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona in 2011. 

In 2012 he started his own production company and started producing his own theatre professionally. Bertolt Brecht's Galileo was his first production in this second phase, where he himself played Galileo. This production of a series of 10 consecutive shows was hugely acclaimed and successful financially. A year later his company produced Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera, directed by his wife Chanda Dutt, which again very successful. Another year later he himself produced and directed Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman in Bengali called Salesman’er Shongshaar.

Again a series of 10 shows professionally which despite being critically acclaimed was not a financial success. In 2020 he again produced a modern interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's Bisharjan called Raghupati, where he played Raghupati and an aspiring actor played Joyshingha.The play was highly successful and the company received several invitations from Bangalore, Delhi, Siliguri, Dhaka and London. Then Covid struck and the production had to stop.

Since then, Anjan concentrated on making movies, web series and his concert tours abroad and has not produced any theatre. His last feature film on Mrinal Sen, called Chalchitra Ekhon had been completely self-financed and has won the Special Jury Award in KIFF and Best Actor Award in Dhaka International Film Fest. It has not been released yet because it will be showcased in European Film Festivals.

Last year he started thinking of returning to theatre and started a dialogue with KCC with a modern reinterpretation of a classic by William Shakespeare (WIP).