Bheetar Bahar is an online training programme for performing artists to learn how to use performance to process current personal realities.

This 4-month part-time online course is for practising and experienced performance makers who seek to understand the nature of the responses that have arisen within, from India’s current political climate and the COVID-19 induced lockdowns, and to explore the methodologies that they can use to process and express their disquiet, through their art.

The course is taught by Maitri GopalakrishnaShabari Rao and Sharon Paz as well as guest lecturers from the fields of performance, mental health and expressive arts therapy.

Time commitment: There will be a combination of regular online classes, peer group work and individual work through the four months. Expect to spend an average of 15-20 hours a week on this programme over the four months. 

Applications open July 9, 2021
Applications close July 24, 2021
Conversations (if required) July 25-30, 2021
Announcing the course participants August 2, 2021
Course begins August 16, 2021
Course ends December 18, 2021 

Who can apply?
Any performing artist above 18 years of age, living and working in India.
Theatre directors, actors, playwrights, dancers, musicians, stand-up comics, spoken word artists.

How do I apply?
Via this application form

How much does it cost?
The tuition itself is free. In addition to the course, select participants may also be invited to develop a performance piece to be showcased at a Festival to be announced in 2022.  

For more information, please visit 

or email Vivek Madan at