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Goshtarang Fellowship 2019-20 (English)

Goshtarang Fellowship Program 2019-2020

Are you interested in theatre, especially children’s theatre?

Do you have any training or experience of working in theatre?

Do you enjoy stories for children?

Would you like some work experience in rural areas?

Are you in the 20-30 age group?

If yes, here is a unique Fellowship opportunity for you.

Read on, and apply before April 25, 2019, if interested.

About Goshtarang                                                                                          

‘Goshtarang’ is part of QUEST’s ‘reading writing enhancement program’, which introduces books and authors to students in rural and tribal areas, using theatrical performances based on story books.

Since 2016, young persons trained by theatre experts have performed several shows of stories in Marathi, for Elementary School Children in various districts in rural Maharashtra. They also conduct activities based on the story books so that the children don’t just see the performance but also participate in it and understand the story. Students as well as teachers in all the schools have enjoyed these performances and the activities based on the stories. The teachers are happy that children are now drawn to the written word and have started demanding specific story books!

Goshtarang Fellowship 2019-20

We started ‘Goshtarang Fellowship’ in 2017-18. Based on the heartening response received in the last two years, we are happy to announce the next round of Fellowship this year as well. This fellowship is open for young persons trained in theatre or who have some experience of theatre. Selected candidates will get a chance to work in rural and tribal areas, where there is a scarcity of such activities. 

​For the 10-month fellowship in 2019-20, we will enrol 5 fellows. They will be trained in a residential workshop on two important aspects:

  1. To perform stories from children’s story books
  2. To conduct ‘Active Library’ activities in the classroom with the children, to sustain their interest in reading & writing

Well known theatre experts such as Chinmay Kelkar, Vidyanidhi Vanarase, Geetanjali Kulkarni and educationist Nilesh Nimkar have been associated with Goshtarang as trainers.

The Fellows will have to stay in a rural setting, work as a team and manage their performances in schools. We will provide a stipend,​ which would be sufficient to take care of their basic needs and allow them to concentrate on learning without worrying about financial responsibilities.

Who can apply?

  • Enthusiastic, energetic young persons, in the 20-30 age group
  • Willingness to commit to a full-time Fellowship for 10 months
  • Someone with a diploma or degree or certificate in theatre or equivalent experience

What do we expect from the Fellows?

  • Knowledge of Marathi is a must
  • Physical and medical fitness is essential
  • Readiness to stay in rural and tribal areas with basic amenities
  • Readiness to perform for children in rural and tribal areas with minimum amenities
  • Computer skills will be an added advantage

Location

Mainly rural & tribal areas of Maharashtra; performances would be largely in rural schools (Ashram Schools, Zilla Parishad Schools), a few may be in towns and cities

Duration of Fellowship

10 months, full time (June 15, 2019 – April 15, 2020)

Fellowship Amount

Rs 18000/- per month (If the selected Fellow leaves the Fellowship midway for any reason, the total amount received till then will have to be returned to the Organization)

During the Fellowship, the Fellows will have to

  • Attend residential workshops
  • Contribute creative ideas for performances
  • Schedule performances in schools in collaboration with the QUEST team
  • Manage logistics of performance requirements in schools
  • Conduct / assist in conducting special ‘Weekend Theatre Workshops’ for school children
  • Stay in rural and tribal areas with basic amenities
  • Perform for children in rural and tribal areas with minimum amenities
  • Document the learning process as well as on-field experiences regularly
  • Write monthly reports

Accommodation

Will be arranged by the organization

Work-related travel costs will be taken care of

Selection Process

Half-day Group Workshop followed by a personal interview

Important Dates:

Applications open from April 5 to April 25, 2019

Candidates shortlisted for the interview will be informed by May 20, 2019

Group workshop and Personal interviews between May 20 - 30, 2019 (Interview location will be informed later)

Selected candidates to be informed on June 1, 2019

5 Selected candidates to report for the residential workshop on June 15, 2019

Google form for application available (in Marathi) on the following link:

https://forms.gle/2htoFBnDkEAdjXeG9

Last date for submission of application -  April 25, 2019