Master Classes

Each Master Class is designed to create a forum of creative, dynamic cultural activities with a national and international base. It is also to widen the scope of our specialist knowledge in voice, movement and drama that Adishakti is renowned for. Each Master Class will cover a specific aspect in theatre and film, Adishakti Master classes will be conducted by Indian and International Gurus, each recognized and acknowledged as an expert in his or her chosen field.

                                   Next Master Class scheduled:


                                                                                                                            13 -19 October 2017

Mask building, Mask of emotion, Mask of character and movement meditation. 

Conducted by:

Yosup BAE

Director of Performance Group TUIDA. He has been leading several workshops for performers since 2005.  He is an artistic director of Tutbat arts residency since 2011.

Juya LEE

Art director of Performance Group TUIDA. She is founder of TUIDA and also has directed several shows. She likes to use paper in making puppet and masks. Her recent work is MOMMOMOM which is paper performance for babies, using paper puppets and mask.

About the Master Class:

Core members of Performance Group Tuida open a workshop in AdiShakti. This workshop is redesigned inspired by Adishakti workshop. We would like to have chance to share the essences of performer’s existence, presence and performance energy with Indian actors and dancers through the MASKS.

Masks building; paper mash masks.

Performers will make their own masks based on the images and instincts of their own. To make a framework of their faces, to create expressions, paper mash, colouring their masks, and fitting.

Movement meditation; Performance Group Tuida’s Method of training for performers.

This improvisation method is to understand the principle of the movements which generated from body, voice and verbal action. This training makes performer’s awareness delicate and deeper. By separating your movements from the body or all organs of you, you could control every part of the movements much better.

Masks of Emotion; based on the masks of eight emotions of Adishakti training method.

You research body movements related with those masks and get to find out what those masks require through body. You could understand your body process connected to each emotion. You also do mask improvisation with the emotions and beyond.

Masks of character; based on the masks participants make by themselves.

You approach the character through the mask. You find every detail of the character and develop those elements using the masks. You understand and realize the character in the way you never expected. You tell a story made by the characters you found and make a masks show at the end of the workshop.

Master Classes in the past: 

3rd till 13th of January 2014
Lights, camera, ACTION! :
A journey through film-making
by Santosh Sivan (ASC, ISC)

The 10-day resident workshop conducted by internationally known cinematographer, Santhosh Sivan includes practical work on camera, editing and guest lectures by professionals on aesthetic and technical aspects of film-making. There will also be morning yoga sessions by experienced Kalarippayattu Guru.

25th till 30th of January 2014
Clothes tell stories :
Workshop on costume, design, drapes in the context of theatre, film and daily life.
by Sonam Dugal

A 5-day resident workshop on costume, design, drapes in the context of theater, film and daily life. Conducted by internationally known revivalist Sonam Dupal. The 5-day programme include morning yoga sessions by experienced Kalarippayattu Guru, practical work and a module on new sewing and embellishment techniques.


To initiate the process of booking please send us a small CV and request letter by email. For further correspondence please write to the following email address:

Or call:

Ashiqa: +91 9535779953 / Nimmy: +91 9487514962

As seats are limited, send in your APPLICATION early. On hearing from us regarding your selection, book your place by sending us your total imbursement of ₹ 20,000/- which will include your lesson fee, accommodation on a twin sharing basis, food, laundry, etc.

For wire transfer / bank transfer the details are given below:

Name of Account Holder: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research
Account Number: 05640200027975
Account Type: Current Account
Name and Address of Bank: Bank of Baroda, No 58-60 Vellala Street,
Pudhucherry 605001
MICR Code Number: 605012002
payments by demand draft should be payable to ALTAR or Adishakti and posted to:
Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research, Adwaitam,8 Appavou Nagar, Vazhakulam, Pondicherry 605012,India

We request that foreign nationals contact us at the coordinates below before initiating any payment transaction.

Before making either wire transfer or demand draft payment please intimate us at
the following coordinates:

Email: and call Ashiqa: +91 9535779953

How to reach Adishakti:

You can reach Adishakti from Chennai (the nearest airport and main train station) by road. It is a three hour journey by bus and a two and a half hour journey by taxi. From Bangalore there are direct buses to Pondicherry which take approximately seven hours.
The Adishakti Campus is 8 kilometers from Pondicherry and is 100meters off the Chennai-Tindivanam-Pondicherry highway/ the Bangalore-Tindivanam- Pondicherry highway.
Should participants need to be picked up from Chennai we could engage taxis which would meet them and bring them directly to Adishakti. A taxi charge for such a pick up is approximately Rs.2700/-

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