किरदारों की खोज

Breaking Open Characters

Actor & Theatre Director

Want to learn how to create & perform strong and memorable characters?

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What will you learn?


‘Breaking Open Characters’ offers comprehensive knowledge of technical and performative aspects of character development. You will learn various techniques for embodying and performing characters impactfully. The skills you will learn will equip you not just to train yourself in character development but also enable you to understand the crucial relationship between yourself, your characters and acting. Through this course, you will learn to bridge the gap between you as an individual and you as an actor in order to create altogether a new individual – a character.


  • Observation Skills
  • Art of Imagination
  • Art of Listening
  • Character Research
  • Voice & Body
  • Costume & Makeup
  • Character Building
  • Final Character Performance
  • Practice-Based Exercise
  • Performative Tasks
  • Collaborative Classes
  • Reflection
  • Assignments

Course At A Glance

Sample Class 1

Sample Class 2

Sample Class 3

6 Modules, 39 Classes, 11 Downloadable Resources

Course Trailer
Course Introduction
Facilitator Introduction
Things To Remember
Preparatory Material

An Artist’s journey begins with opening their eyes to themselves and to the world around them. In this module, you learnt to observe yourself and others. This learning will help you kick-start your journey of finding the character. Additionally, it will help you see the world around you differently.

Module Introduction
Body Warm Up 1 / भेजा Fry
Body Warm Up 2 / रिमझिम बरसा पानी
Body Warm Up 3 / James Bond
Observe Your Body / चिन, छाती, चाल
Mix And Match / चिन, छाती, चाल
Vocal Warm Up 1 / मोटर साइकल की सैर
Vocal Warm Up 2 / रोज़ सेब खाएँ
Pitch, Volume, Speed / आवाज़ के पहलू
Observing Habits & Traits / तेरे मेरे तौर तरीके
Module 1 Tasks
Module 1 Task Sheet
Module 1 Handout

We find characters by looking around and asking various questions like who they are, where they come from, etc. In this module, you not only learnt how to enquire about a character and what questions to ask but also developed a skill set that will further help you know where to look for the answers.

Module Introduction
The World Of Characters / किरदारों की दुनिया
Character Clues / किरदारों के सुराग
Character Q&A / किरदारों से पूछताछ
Module 2 Tasks
Module 2 Handout
Module 2 Task Sheet

The world of imagination is a world of possibilities. In this world, you will find answers to all your questions. In this module you learnt how to be open-minded to see what all is there, to be open-hearted to accept what all is there and to be playful to appreciate what all is there in this creative process of finding characters.

Module Introduction
Imagination With Daily Objects / चीज़ों का चमत्कार
Imagination With Listening / ग़ौर से सुनिए
Imagination With Sentiments / प्यार भरा रिश्ता
Imagination With Storytelling / आओ कहा`नी बुने
Module 3 Tasks
Module 3 Handout
Module 3 Task Sheet

It is magical to see someone transform into another person. In this module, you learnt how to become someone different. You didn’t just transform into another person through your character work but you also lived the character holistically.

Module Introduction
Animal Exercise / जानवरों में छुपा किरदार
Animal Breath / जानवर की साँस
Animal Gaze / जानवर की नज़र
Animal Walk / जानवर की चाल
Mix And Match / मिलाजुला जानवर
Character’s Body / किरदार का शरीर
Character’s Voice / किरदार की आवाज़
Character’s Habits And Traits / किरदार के तौर तरीक़े
Character’s Costume & Makeup / किरदार की वेष भूषा
Course Final Tasks
Module 4 Handout
Final Task Sheet

Continue Your Journey
Greenroom Hacks
Recommended Resources

Know Your Facilitator

Actor & Theatre Director

“Can you imagine a life without movies… a life without songs, and plays? There are many interesting characters around us… characters that make us laugh, characters that make us cry, characters that make us believe.”

Puja Sarup has been working in the theatre industry for the past 18 years. She is the Co-founder of Patchwork Ensemble, a Mumbai-based theatre company, and has co-directed ‘Ila’, as part of the company.  She completed her MA in Theatre Arts from Mumbai University, after which she was associated with theatre companies based in France.

She is an awardee of the J.N. Tata Endowment scholarship for a Diploma from Helikos International School of Theatre Creation, Italy. She is also the recipient of the Vinod Doshi fellowship. Since 2003, she has been acting in plays like ‘Sex, Morality and Censorship’, ‘Sounding Vanya’, and ‘Hamlet- the Clown Prince’, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Meta Award. Some of her path-breaking performances in theatre include her characters  – Chudail (Play: Shikaar) Joker (Play: Hamlet), Geeta Madam (Play: Hello Farmaish) and Rocky (Play: Gentlemen’s Club). She has also acted in films like ‘Sui Dhaaga’, ‘Rangoon’, ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots, ‘Haseen Dilruba’ and ‘The Sky is Pink’. Puja has been part of the DSM family since 2014. Besides acting and directing, she enjoys conducting storytelling and theatre workshops for children and adults.

Who is this course for?


Frequently Asked Questions


These beginner acting courses provide you with the basic knowledge of acting and theatre in an engaging manner. Even if you are not involved in the creative arts, these online drama lessons will equip you with critical life skills such as self-awareness, effective communication, confidence, and creative expression.

Our courses are designed holistically and do not restrict themselves to fields of pursuit or levels of study. If you are interested in exploring the world of theatre and acting, these courses provide you with the basic building blocks in an engaging manner. Even if you are not involved in the creative arts, these courses will equip you with critical life skills like self-awareness, confidence, effective communication and creative expression.

Each Ekalavya course is designed to be stand-alone. If you want to pursue a career in acting and theatre, we recommend beginning with the first course, ‘Breaking Open Characters’ which deals with the most basic concept of characterization and how to approach the portrayal of different characters.

These courses provide the building blocks of study in the field of acting and theatre-making. Ekalavya courses cover foundational concepts that serve as an essential first step to launching your creative journey and your acting career.

We strongly encourage learners to take charge of their own creative journeys. We believe this self-drive is key to success in the theatre and acting industry. Our courses act as critical catalysts in this journey. We motivate our learners to actively get involved in fun and engaging exercises. Every course requires a performance submission in the end where learnings come together to mould something tangible. Personal stories, anecdotes, and greenroom hacks form an indispensable part of the courses. Online forums will also ensure a community exchange of ideas, and a space to ideate and grow consistently.


Once enrolled, you will be able to access the course modules and individual study sessions contained within those modules. Please check your email for login instructions. It is advised that you download the course on your device so that you are able to access the same in case of unavailability of the internet.

The assignments will be reviewed by the Ekalavya team at the Drama School Mumbai as part of the criteria for successfully completing a course.

Yes, you will receive a course completion certificate once you submit your final course assignment and it has been accepted by Ekalavya.

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