The ITA School of Performing Arts


the following is a short note on all that is needed to know about the essence of natyasastra to enhance your already existing technique and to better understand performance , while the natyasastra does mention the” what”  it does not mention “how to achieve that” and it would be left to our technique to explore these condition to develop, analyze and understand performances – that is for the scope of our laboratory work Acting as described Indian aesthetics is of four kinds aangik : through body  behaviour vaachik : through voice aharya : make up costume / editing saatvika : emotional types of performances are of two types lokadharmi : realistic natyadharmi : reality of drama what is rasa ? we all have heard about rasa from various sources but as mentioned in the analogy given within natyasastra and i would state is just rasa is the experience experienced by the audience after looking at a performance , its called rasa as it’s a thing of the senses and is experienced it’s like when a person eats prepared food it consists of various flavours combined in specific quantity and methods to bring about an experience that is independent of individual flavour of the ingredient while still keeping the essence of the same , in a same way through various emotional devices the audience experiences a rasa rasas as defined by natyasastra are 8 in number Srngara : erotic Hasya : humour raudra : anger karuna : compassion vira : heroic adbhuta : wonder Bidhatsa : disgust Bhayanaka  : dread while rasa is mostly to be with the effect of a performance , how is this effect brought about — it is brought about through bhavas “a meaning which touches the heart creates rasa ; the …

“YAAR ACTING MAST THEE “ , is not good enough from our students – MEGH PANT

as we train our acting students , there is a need to see good performances and to know why they are good , most of the time when i ask students about it they are at loss to explain why they liked it , while that would be good for a common man who is content with the “rasa” that he receives out of a performance ,and he need not know why – thats not important for him but for us as artists we need to know WHY ? this why, is divided into a lot of parts and each part is rooted in the given circumstances first devised at script level , then other creative collaborations happen with time finally ending down to the actor , so what does the actor do with a set up that is prepared and given to him to perform , what is the scope of an actor ? an actor’s scope as i think of it is to “ add behavior to the script” – and this is where all the analysis of acting will happen to look at a performance on how its build up and not about a particular scene , but the whole graph and now when we analyze a performance it’s all about the brickwork – on how on each plot point the “circumstances of the character was justified by the actor, based on the choices he made” this is the core of acting analysis choices have to made at every level , in every scene , in every shot – it’s only when an actor has his own agenda that is independent of the script do we see a discord in a performance , that can also be lack of imagination on his/ …

The Myth of Method Acting – by Megh Pant

Method Acting is one of the most abused terms in our industry. There is very little understanding into what goes into being a method actor – if there is a term like that, I guess this was a term pulled out by the publicist to make acting into an elite club, especially pertaining to the actors studio at 44th street, New York belonging to the process modified by Lee Strasberg. To get into that we have to know about how that came about.  It all started in Moscow with “the system” – this is a term used to differentiate between the Russian and the American schools developed in two huge phases by Stanislavsky. We are aware of the first phase because of the famous publication ‘An Actor Prepares‘, but very few people are aware that this theory was more or less rejected by Stanislavsky himself in the later part of his life where he paid more emphasis on bio-mechanics and physical actions. This part of his work is not available as a book as written by him but can be seen in the work of Grotowski and Vakhtangov. When did this come to America ? This system, ( the older works ) developed by Stanislavsky between 1898 – 1917, was brought to America by Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Boleslawski and was learnt by all the greats that have shaped American acting. So its a independent progress of the base work in Russia and further developed by Americans. Earlier the American system was a conventional British form of acting based mostly on voice. So this branching of techniques and the further development of those by people like Lee Strasbourg, Stella Alder, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meister, etc. have shaped what is called the method. But Lee Strasbourg …

Courses for Film Acting

Bollywood enjoys an almost religion like status in India. A whole lot of people worship their screen idols and aspire to reach levels at which they are. This is one of the reasons why acting schools in Mumbai are catching on like wildfire. More and more people are increasingly pulled towards a formal training in acting, which means that only the best actors are being produced by professional teaching institutes. Acting courses in Mumbai are being more evolved and students are taking the skill more seriously as opposed to the olden days when real skill was not as honed as it is in the current times. With growing competition in the field, the demand for more polished and skilled actors has increased. There are some who have the natural talent and learn through experience and those who have the drive to learn greater details about the field take respite with the best acting school in Mumbai so that they may be able to move to greener pastures right after leaving the school. A Mumbai acting school serves as a stepping stone for the acting aspirants who need to make it big in the industry and realize the need to learn something extra. The real value of acting courses in Mumbai is known when the chances of a break are doubled for those with a proper training as compared to those who have no training. Acting is a form of entertainment that amuses almost everyone. If this form of entertainment is not achieved with expertise and expert training, it is an injustice to the viewers and fans. If your only known love happens to be acting, make sure you get the perfect training from expert names in the industry at The ITA School of Performing Arts.

The ITA School Advantage – by Shashi Ranjan

When you decide to be a part of the ITA School of Performing Arts , be assured that it is the best acting school in Mumbai. With generations of experience in both film and television industry – we evolve with each batch and have after constant experimentation been able to design an acting program in a short period of four months to install in a student confidence, skill to perform in auditions , an overall personality to face interviews and auditions all this in a short period of four months of intensive work. Our training principle is simple ‘an actor is both the instrument and the instrument player’, so our training starts with an intensive assessment of the students by the faculty to know how to design an individual work plan for the student and this is followed by few weeks of foundation program to develop the ‘eye of an actor‘ exercises and assignments to look at things in a way our mundane life does not permit us to, but we as actors have to observe in a way that we absorb and create a bank of experiences that might be put to use in our work. The program then moves to training the instrument, i.e, actor’s voice and body through poetry and extensive body work using Michael Chekhov’s acting technique to develop an expressive body and voice. We generally end this body and voice work with a movement and voice based performance before we move to improvisations. The technique we subscribe to is based on the definition of acting as defined by Sanford Meisner – ‘acting is truthful behaviour in imaginary circumstances’ so then, all our exercises are based on achieving behaviour in a slow systematic manner mixing works of Meisner, Stella Adler, Roshan …

Acting in the Cinematic Environment – from Research Paper – by Megh Varn Pant, FTII 2007

These are things known to anyone associated with the medium, but still there is a need to drive it across again and again. These are guiding principles and common place wisdom by the gurus which I have read across many books and collected in the form of these 14 points. These are not mantras which if you learn by heart will make you better actors but are observation points for an actor to explore throughout and thoroughly during any shooting scenario in which he/she is actively involved, to understand the mechanics of the medium not only as performers trying to prove a point but as part of the whole (of the team you work with in the medium), to respect the other person’s craft and to help him achieve excellence in their work, they in turn will help you excel in yours. It is the philosophy of so called cine acting. ‘It isn’t a question of who is right, but what the director wants!’ Always said but never understood especially by actors, this is the first and the foremost principle commonly referred to in many books and by many teachers in different forums as - ‘Cinema is a director’s medium’. Why do we keep saying this every time, this is because we do not understand it and still many actors make desperate attempts to prove superiority by trying to carry it off on there own shoulders, but it seldom works. All this is because the director knows his film as a whole, he has worked more on his film than you have, and actors – selfish creatures, that they only see it in part, as a slice of their own performance, counting lines and not understanding the scenario in which they are placed as in the …

Modeling and Grooming Tips

A lot of people want to be a model because it’s glamorous and rewarding and you might want to be recognized in the modelling world. Modelling is extremely competitive, and the industry is filled with ups and downs, but successful models are doing something that they love. Here are some tips and tricks on modelling:

The Basics:

• Take care of yourself
• Decide what kind of model you want to be
• Educate yourself about modelling industry

Portfolios & Agencies:

• Take some snapshots of yourself
• Consider getting some professional shots taken
• Take and know your measurements and statistics
• Be professional, polite, and courteous while working

You can also enter modelling contests. However, make sure you check that these are being run by a reputable agency. If you don’t have a portfolio, you just need to make sure you have some snapshots of yourself you could show.

Modelling is a tough business. Try not to be discouraged by rejections. Even top models still get rejected for about 70% of everything they are put forward for!

Most people only see the glamorous part of the business, but when it comes right down to it, it is very hard work. You have to be able to keep up with it 24/7. This means staying in tip top shape all the time. It’s a good idea to get photographs from more than one photographer.

Find the way to earn living as a Model at the ITASPA which will make you a professional Model. Experienced models, coordinators, experts and highly trained individuals from allied industries will comprise the faculty for the three-month as well as weekend Modelling and Grooming Course.

Be a Singing Star!

We often keep waiting in the crowd for our favorite singing star to arrive, get their autographs but one thing that we all try to get is some singing tips. We often wonder how they created their way to success.

The thought that “even I can be a superstar” often comes to our minds but… Unfortunately only few of us are able to achieve it.
If your dream is to become a singer even if you can sing very well or not, you should be happy to find out that it is possible for you to become a great singer!

ITA School of Performing Arts (ITASPA) will make you a Singing Star!
In India there are several people with beautiful voice and also have a potential to pursue their career as a singer but it requires much more to reach at professional level. The Singing course at ITASPA will help them to be a professional singer.

Learn the beautiful art of singing right from its basics/foundation to expert level singing at ITASPA Singing course.
ITASPA provides training of various genre of singing like-

• Classical Foundation
• ‘Sur Gyan’
• Traditional Styles
• Light Classical
(Thumri, Ghazal etc)
• Western
• Film
• Sufi/Devotional
• Folk, Stage Performance
• Studio Recording

The Industry connectivity of ITASPA will provide you an advantage over the rest. Bollywood and Indian Television Industry are always in search of new talented singers with fresh voices. You could be the next star in the music industry.

Bollywood singer Ms. Jaspinder Narula and other well known singers like Ms. Madhushree and Mr. Mangal Mishra forms the core faculty of the Singing department who will be expertly training the students. Now stop wondering how to be a singer and be a Singing Star!

Want to be a Model?

If you want to become a model but you’re worried that you are not well prepared for it, think again! Get ready to walk the ramps with the help of Modelling and Grooming courses at the ITA School of Performing Arts.

Modelling industry is going through an exciting period of growth. The clothing industry is a huge marketplace, with designers and shops needing to cater for everyone.
Find the way to earn living as a Model at the ITASPA which will make you a professional Model.

The world of modelling is extremely competitive and often demanding. In a country like India, there are many talented people who are trying to enter the modelling world.

You can rely on ITASPA for a perfect start and a successful modelling career for several reasons-

  • The Modelling and Grooming Course focus on various modelling aspects such as modelling, grooming, and personality projection.
  • Not only this make-up and styling, back stage management, portfolio development, fitness etc which are also some of the Modelling aspects in a way or the other is taught to the students.
  • Experienced models, coordinators, experts and highly trained individuals from allied industries will comprise the faculty for the three-month as well as weekend Modelling and Grooming Course.

So kick start your Modelling career at ITASPA and be a professional model.
It also seen in Bollywood that many successful Models have turned into successful actors as well. But the professional world of modelling is a career aspiration in its own.

Become a Professional Dancer

We all like to dance on when some good music is being played around. Most of us ignore our dancing skills as we think dancing is nothing more than a leisure activity.
Do you wonder how Dancing could earn living?

Well it’s certainly possible.
The ITA School of Performing Arts will help you become a professional dancer. The routes vary depending on what type of dancer you want to be but you will attain your destination of professional dancing at ITASPA.

Whatever style of dance you might follow or whoever your idol may be, the Dance Course at ITASPA will lead your way to be a professional dancer.

Dance has become one of the major aspects at professional level, considering this the Dance Courses at ITASPA covers all the various dance forms such as
• Indian Modern Dance (Freestyle Bollywood)
• Hip Hop
• Indian Semi-Classical
• Break Dance
• Jazz
• Street Jazz
• Bhangra
• Locking and Popping Latin
• American forms
• Broadway

At ITASPA, every dance style has expert professionals as the faculty members who would teach various dance forms. Well known choreographer Mr. Swarup Medara will lead the department. You will also get a chance to interact and even dance with your favorite Bollywood celebrity. Also you can choose the Dance Course of your choice which may suit you like Basic, Pre-Advance, Advance, Professional, and Crash Course.

ITASPA Infrastructure Will Bowl You Over!

Earlier it used to be food, clothing and shelter but now in today’s world we need extra facilities and comfort that will help us to ease our living.

Everyone likes to live and work in a place with good Infrastructure and facilities. The ITA School of Performing Arts has excellent Infrastructure that will bowl you over. None other school has an infrastructure like ITASPA.

First of all, its locality-
The ITA school of Performing Arts has currently two branches. Both the Branches are located in the prime locations. One is located in Mumbai and other is Delhi/NCR. Each branch of The ITA School, boasts of fantastic facilities in regard to space, set up, equipment etc.

ITA School has gone beyond and acquired spacious, modern, ideally located accommodation in cities like Mumbai and Delhi where suitable accommodation is hard to come by and acquisition prohibitive factor.

The campuses are well-equipped with all the modern facilities and equipments and well-appointed too. The class rooms are huge with liberal space allocation. Class rooms for Dance Studios are with 1000sq ft area!

It is not only big in size but also consist of all the needful technical equipments.
Integral aspects that establishes a well built and excellent infrastructure at ITASPA consist if-
• Digital Studios
• Class Room Equipment
• Modern Teaching Aids
• Modern Seating Arrangements
• Musical Instruments
• Recording and Editing Facilities

Personality Enhancement Can Take You to Your Destination!

When people display nice behavior, we say they are presentable.
When they have character, we say they can achieve something.
At a further level, people with good personality are not only presentable; they are also liked by others.

You can enrich your life as a person and a professional with good personality.
The Personality Enhancement course at ITA School of Performing Arts will help you to get the right combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character and personality.

Often we restrict ourselves and limit our potential and capabilities.
The Personality Enhancement Course at ITASPA aims at nurturing and evolving your Personality and gets the best out of you. The Complete Personality Enhancement course at ITASPA is of 2 months.
Special weekend course is also available for the same at ITASPA.

The Personality Enhancement course develops and takes care of various aspects like

• Self Awareness
• Self Confidence
• Subconscious Mind
• Communication Skills
• Understanding Emotions

Also the factors that are lacking the person from success are eliminated. Qualities that make a person interesting and popular and several other qualities required for good personality are induced by our expert faculty members consisting of Ms. Aruna Mookhey, Dr. Grace Dennis, Ms. Chetna Mehrotra and Ms. Clarissa Jathanna.

Your Way to Stardom With Our Acting Course.

All of us are actors in one way or the other in real life.
One may act as a student and other may be a teacher,
one might be a father and other might be a son.
But still we all want to become a professional actor.
We want to be a star and live our dreams.

ITA School of Performing Arts welcomes all the talented people who want to be a professional actor and consider acting as their passion.
ITA is one of the credible bodies that caters to awards and represents the most powerful medium in Indian Television and ITASPA will lead your gateway to stardom!

ITASPA will help you to be a professional actor and will pave your way to stardom with our acting courses. You can join for a complete acting course or a crash course for acting and begin your acting profession in a short span of time. Duration for complete acting course here is 4 months and crash course for acting is 2 months.

Since acting forms a major part of all the performing arts, ITASPA has an inclusive curriculum for acting. It comprise of all the vital aspects in the art of acting Imagination, Action Problem, Improvisation, Monologue, Scenes, Group Improvisation, Diction, Speech, Movement, Dance and Action.

You will achieve your way to stardom by learning acting by excellent faculty comprising of experts and veterans. It is headed by Mr. Shashi Ranjan and supported by Mr. Phonsok Ladakhi,
Mr. Rakesh Bedi and Mr. Javed Khan as well. The best part about it is that students of ITASPA get advantage for placement, exposure and new opportunities because of its connectivity to the Television and entertainment industry.

Welcome to ITASPA Blog!

When did you realize that you want to start acting?
What did you do? Where did you go?

In order to start acting, you should have a few things in order and on track. Like any other profession, you’ll want to get a grasp on the tools of the trade and get your game plan in order.

ITA is one of the credible bodies that caters to awards and represents the most powerful medium in Indian Television. ITASPA It provides several courses of performing arts such as:

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Personality Enhancement/Development
  • Modeling and Grooming

It nurtures talent in all aspects of Performing arts. When it comes to achieve its goals and missions, ITASPA is dedicated and committed in every sense.

The ITASPA is managed by a watchful board of directors and its operations are controlled by experts and highly respected artists. Professionals and experienced people from Television and entertainment Industry work together as a team which establishes its operations and managements.

The board of directors consists of Mr. Shashi Ranjan – chairman and the managing director of Indian Television Academy, Ms. Anu Ranjan – President of The Indian Television Academy, Mr. Sunil Raheja and Mr. Lokesh Kapoor.

The ITA School of Performing Arts stands apart from the rest because of several reasons, but there are some specific reasons that make it more special:

  • Placement and Exposure of topmost level.
  • Excellent Facilities and Great Infrastructure.
  • Connectivity with the Industry.

Whatever you want in a Performing Arts Academy is available to you at ITASPA.

The ITA School of Performing Arts was launched by Shashi and Anu Ranjan on 12th of October 2011 at Goregaon, Mumbai. The launch was attended by celebrities like Mahima Chowdhury, Gulshan Grover, Alka Yagnik, Rakesh Bedi, Rajan Shahi, Swini Khara, Ehsaas Chana, Ishita Panchal, Gautam Rode, Shaad Randhawa, Jasvir Kaur and others.

It currently has two branches, one in Mumbai and other one in Delhi/NCR.