Nireeksha regularly conducts theatre workshops exclusively for women under the series name BHERI. We have had so far BHERI 06, 07, 09, 12 and 13
Bheri 06 –the inaugural edition of women’s theatre workshop was held at Vylopilly Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram in November 2006 was supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
Bheri 07 had two editions –Technical and acting workshops.
The Technical Theatre workshop for women held in May 2007 again at Vylopilly Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram was supported by the National School of Drama Regional Resource Center, Bangalore. Maxim Gorky’s Mother was the theme used by the reputed director from National School Of Drama Ms. Anamika Haksar for the acting workshop held from 26th September to 10th October 2007 in which took shape the 40 minutes long Scene Work on Mother. This project was supported by National School of Drama, New Delhi. There were two shows of this Scene Work on 10th October 2007 with an interval of 15 minutes held at Russian Cultural Centre, Thiruvananthapuram which had also supported our workshop.
Bheri 09 was a workshop for training in music held at Vylopilly Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram from 13-17 February 2009 supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
Bheri 12 had two editions an acting workshop for women and a workshop on contemporary dance for women. The 10-day acting workshop was held from 10-19 February 2012 and the workshop on contemporary dance fron 22-31 December 2012 both supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, at Nireeksha Theatre.
Bheri 13 a playwriting workshop for women was held from 27th January to 7th February 2013 at Nireeksha Theatre. Fifteen women participated in this workshop supported by National School of Drama Regional Resource Centre, Bangalore. The camp was inaugurated by Padmasri Kavalam Narayana Panikkar on 27th January 2013. Eminent personalities like Dr. Kumara Varma, Sri T M Abraham, Sri P J Unnikrishnan, Dr. Raja Varier and Dr. Rajalekshmi led classes on various aspects of writing a play.The closing ceremony was opened by Padmasree Madhu. Padmasree Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Smt Valsala Kumari I A S were among the other eminent personalities who participated in the function. There was a production Polika Parava based on a script that evolved out of this workshop. Besides women’s theatre workshops, Nireeksha regularly conducts theatre workshops for children under the series ANUBHAVA since theatre helps children immensely in their character development especially in better gender sensibility.
We have had editions of ANUBHAVA in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2008. ANUBHAVA 2005 is the most notable since it had the eminent theatre person Ms Maya Rao as camp director.