Folk Art for the Modern Actor Workshop by Gauri Dewal and Happy Ranjeet (India)

The first session on the third day started with an informative interaction between the facilitator and the participants. The folk forms of India and their various connections with the culture of their geographical base was explained. The workshop was a session filled with understanding the nuances of the diverse folk form that the country (India) has and their deep-rooted traditions. A folk art form no matter where it comes from has a unique and close relationship with the culture, traditions, geographical land, etc. Apart from that, a folk form is raw and flexible which is its beauty. It is accepting towards changing times, people, and places and hence more relatable for the people. The workshop made the participants realize the enjoyment of getting to know our traditions while living in modern times. Being able to identify with the different cultures from different lands is something necessary for an actor.