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Goshtarang Fellowship in Children’s Theatre 2017-2018

Are you interested in Theatre? Specially, children’s theatre?

Have you attended any training / course in Theatre?

Would you like to work in a rural area for a few months and

gain a different work experience?

Are you in the 20-35 age group?

If yes, please read this information about this unique fellowship,

and apply if interested.

About Goshtarang                                                                                          

QUEST and TARAPA (QUEST’s cultural initiative) started an unusual program called ‘Goshtarang’, based on performing children’s stories in a regional language (Marathi) in 2016. This program is part of the enhancement of reading and writing skills of children from tribal areas and to attract them towards books and reading, as most of them come from areas deficient of reading and writing environment and moreover are first generation school goers. Young persons interested in theatre were selected for this program. Chinmay Kelkar, a well-known Marathi theatre director and writer conducted an intensive workshop with them. This team of trained Theatre Facilitators performed several shows of 6 stories for Elementary School Children in tribal areas in Palghar​ and Municipal Schools in Pune. They also conducted activities based on the story books so that the children didn’t just see the performance but also participated and understood the story. Students in all the schools enjoyed the performances as well as the theatre activities based on the stories. After every performance, their curiosity about books could be seen!​

Goshtarang Fellowship in Children’s Theatre 2017-18

Based on last years’ experience, we have restructured the program in the form of Fellowships.  We believe that more activities have to be conducted, for which we need trained or experienced theatre actors.​ This fellowship will provide an opportunity to work in the field of Children's Theatre and also gain experience as an actor. Selected candidates will get a chance to work in rural and tribal areas, where there is a scarcity of such activities. The children in these areas respond very differently from urban children. Their response will be very enriching for the performers!

​In the first batch of this fellowship, we wish to enrol 5 fellows. They will be trained in a residential workshop, after which they will have to 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 and understanding without worrying about financial responsibilities.

Who can apply?

  • Enthusiastic, energetic young persons, in the 20-35 age group, willing to commit to a full-time Fellowship for 9 months
  • Someone with a diploma or degree or certificate in theatre or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of Marathi is a must
  • Physical and medical fitness is essential
  • Ready to stay in rural and tribal areas with basic amenities
  • Ready to perform for children in rural and tribal areas with minimum amenities
  • Computer skills will be an added advantage

Trainers / Mentors

Geetanjali Kulkarni (Project Coordinator)

A graduate from National School of Drama (NSD, New Delhi), Geetanjali is a well-known actress on Marathi stage & cinema. She is involved in experimental theatre. ‘Piya Behrupiya’, a play where she is a lead performer, has travelled to many places worldwide. She had an important role in the critically acclaimed film ‘Court’. She is closely involved in training QUEST’s initiatives ‘Tarapa’ and ‘Goshtarang’, and regularly conducts workshops to train team members and teachers to combine theatre skills and effective education.

Vidhyanidhi (Prasad) Vanarase

Vidyanidhee Vanarase, also known as Prasad, is a graduate from National School of Drama (NSD, New Delhi). He has directed more than fifty plays in Marathi, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and English. He has gained proficiency in various interrelated areas - Direction, Teaching and Mentoring, Administration and Management of arts and Applied Arts. He is the founder-director of International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR). He has been involved in theatre training for the last 20 years and has worked as visiting faculty - guest director at several universities and theatre institutes in India and abroad. 


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

Duration of Fellowship

9 months, full time (July 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018)

Fellowship Amount

Rs 18000/- per month

(If a selected fellow has to leave the fellowship halfway, s/he will have to return the fellowship amount received till then to the organization)

During the Fellowship, the fellow will have to

  • Attend residential workshops
  • Contribute creative ideas for performances
  • Schedule performances in schools in collaboration with the QUEST - TARAPA 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 and work-related travel costs will be taken care of by the organization

Selection Process

Half-day Group Workshop followed by personal interview

Important Dates:

Last date for submitting application - May 10, 2017

Candidates shortlisted for the interview will be informed by May 31, 2017

Group workshop and Personal interviews between June 10 - 15, 2017 (Interview location will be informed later)

Selected candidates to be informed by June 20, 2017

5 Selected candidates to report for the residential workshop by June 30, 2017

Residential workshop begins from July 1, 2017.

Please fill up the attached form and send with a recent passport-size photograph to:

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Hard copy: Postal address: Row House No. 1, Alaknanda Co-op. Housing Society, Near Mantri Park, Kothrud, Pune - 411038

For more information, contact: Shachee Shah +91 9819800289