jembe ashok

Acting Coach & Theatre Workshops

I conduct theatre workshop for new and upcoming actors, as well as corporates

I have extensively used theatre in the field of education and have presented a much appreciated paper on Social Development through theatre. My varied experiments in using theatre as a method of learning got him invited to Mahtomedi Public School, Minneapolis, where I designed and executed a theatre workshop on the theme ‘Beyond the Borders’ in 2003-4. Theatre and music were used to assist young people address social, cultural and personal concerns. I presented a paper on Creative Use of Drama and Music in Educations. The Ministry of Human Resource Development awarded me a scolarship for this work.

Sample Workshop

I have also used theatre as a medium of commuincation in the education and corporate sector, having done stress management, team building workshops for companies like Motorola, Msource, educational institutes like Christ University, IIMB, Azim Premji University & for social organisations like Quest, Madhyam, Eklavaya, Natya Chetna, BITA (Bangladesh) etc.

Film Acting Workshop

This workshop is my humble effort to share 20 years of my acting experience across theatre, film and television. This course is designed for upcoming actors who have some acting experience in these mediums and feel the need to further develop their skills. This will be held as an intensive workshop of about 15 sessions of 3 hours each, across two weeks. The number of actors will be restricted to 15 to ensure personalised attention can be provided. This will give each actor an opportunity to work on their specific areas of focus and improvement e.g. body language, voice and modulation, effective dialogue delivery etc.

Course Content

  1. Learning basics - body & voice
  2. Developing presence as an actor
  3. Dealing with emotions and understanding navarasa
  4. Tools and techniques as an actor
  5. Understanding a character
  6. Performing in front of camera
  7. Performing in front of mike

Jembe Workshop

Music (djembe) is about discovery – finding our own rhythm when we are alone or when we are part of a group. I conduct jembe workshops for corporates, NGO and education institutes in small group settings. Some of the recent corporate clients have been ARM, Oracle, Cyient etc.. These workshops are designed to use rhythm and music as a medium for team building and leadership skills. They can be structured as either a half day session or a full day session. Some activites conducted in the workshop are listed below.

Workshop Size: Up to 25 participants can be accomodated in the workshop. We will provide jembe and other percussion instructments during the workshop for the participants.

Workshop Cost: Rs. 25,000 for half-day session or Rs. 50,000 for full-day session. Travel and accomodation charges would be additional and on actuals.

Contact: Ashok - 9980 344 788


Jembe One-to-One Coaching

If you are interested in one - to - one coaching, please contact me directly. Individual or small group classes are held at my place (close to PESIT college in Banashankari 3rd Stage) usually in the morning. These classes are charged @ Rs. 500 per hour. This is for serious learners willing to learn the instrument through sustained coaching and practice.

Jembe Intensive Course

Jembe means “Everyone gather together in peace”. This course is to enable everyone to learn to play the Jembe - an african drum and use that as a medium to find the joy of playing together. This is typically held as a 16 session workshop for 2 hours each, held on the weekends. No prior musical background is necessary. And if you don’t have a jembe, they would be provided for the workshop duration.

Weekly Session Plan

Here is a set of rhythms and exercises for beginners.

If you are interested to hold this in your community, please reach out to me.

Contact: Ashok - 9980 344 788


Utsmaya - Storytelling, Jembe & Theatre

I have co-developed (with Amit) this unique workshop experience to enable anyone to flourish. We believe each of us have a seed in us that if provided the right nourishment and support can flower in its own unique way. We don’t need to follow any traditional path or fit ourselves into a framework of how everyone works. We use three lenses - three different art forms of Roleplay (Theatre), Storytelling and Jembe (Music) - to get started on this journey. Each art form is used in a session as the chosen medium for expression, exploration and discovery.

Find out more at at Utsmaya