Evam – 2017!!

A year is not just about 365 days in passing. And rather than looking at if the year was productive or unproductive, isn’t it just wise to sit back and have fun? That’s what we intend to so. But still we lets have a look at what 2017 had in store for evam!

January started with the launch of “New Material Nights” from evam Standup Tamasha at Savera Bay 146. This gave a platform to the comics to try out their new content and get a gauge of the audience reactions. The pub shows and the corporate shows count crossed 100 and going on strong across Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

NMN Schedule

This year also saw the final rounds of Praveen Kumar’s Orthodoxically Me, KK’s 2nd Decoction and Special solo show of the duo Alex and Baggy – Yogi and the Bear, the finale of this being the UK tour of Praveen and Alex presenting “Orthodoxically Yogi”. We collaborated with The Rotary Club of Adayar and did a charity show to raise funds for Government schools and the show was aptly named “LOL for a Cause” with the artists Anu Menon (Lola Kutty), Rahul Subramanian, Naveen Richard and with Vikash Paul as the host for the evening. Karthik Kumar’s 3rd solo “Blood Chutney” did its first round of shows in Chennai, Bangalore, UK and US.


The education division of evam, Happy Cow, started its own monthly workshops from evam premises called “Weekend with Happy Cow” and has plans to continue this in the upcoming year too. Happy Cow had a good summer with camps running across schools and playschools in Chennai and Bangalore. And this year saw the launch of coming up with a module in which, Happy Cow started working with schools in directing Annual Day performances and currently working with MSB matriculation, Chennai and Canopo group of schools in Chennai and Cuddalore. They ended the year with a Christmas oriented Story-Telling session for a group of 60 children. Our Live from evam managed the Theatre Festival this year as well and the 12 days of festival was filled with a lot of learnings and memories to take away! We saw some amazing performances in the second edition of “evam’s Theatricals” as well – a collaboration with Stella Maris college for Woman!


Evam Lab – a repertoire of 10 free lance actors were kept busy through the year with performances pan India for both Training Sideways and Brandrama. They were also a part of various workshops (Voice workshop, Method Acting, Improv etc) and we are all set to start the next edition of evam Lab – 2018.

Evam is also so happy to announce that we are launc… Oh wait! Thats for the next year :)

See you all in 2018 folks! Happy New year :)


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Its Resolution Time

First Rush – each batch on their first show day, would be jittery with a lot of questions on their mind. Will I remember the lines right? Will my play get performed on stage without any mess ups? Will the audience know that I am so nervous? Will my friends make fun of me? Will I ever be able to speak up on stage in front of them all? They all have these questions only until the performance start. Once they go up on stage, everyone performs as a well oiled machine and the show as always ends up on a high note.

Where I am in all this? I am the one who reassures them that people will love them and it’s a moment for their family and friends to feel proud about them and they wont forget their lines and there wont be any mess-ups and that the show will be a success. All this when I am myself a nervous wreck inside and handling a number of things on show day. Keeping in mind the ticket count, having a constant check on the tech set up, checking and rechecking the projector, arranging the certificates, clearing the doubts of the participants – all this add up to my nervousness but still I put on my show day handling face and manage to pull out a good show.

The ones doing First Rush – chooses to do this for various reasons. They would want to start a career in acting, they would want to shrug off the stage fear aspect from their lives, or they would want to try something new for the sake of fun. When they get into this, they realise that the 30 day rehearsals is a world of its own and the bonds that they forge in these 30 days will have the capability of lasting a life time. We have had batches going ahead and forming their own theatre groups, or two or three batches coming together and putting up a show.

The time around new year is where people get into the mindset of fixing resolutions to start something or do something. Keeping that in mind, evam comes up with the resolution batch of First Rush every year. This year its all set to start from Jan 20th,2018. Register here – http://bit.ly/2AxxTSA


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For the Love of Theatre!

21768013_1706657312689233_7314606505628390833_nSadhana, a law student and a volunteer at many organisations, likes Korea and Korean people a tad bit more than anybody. Here she is talking about her experiences with evam Live shows.





I joined evam as a volunteer in 2015; a timid 18 year old with no experience in theatre or event management. My first assignment was The Hindu Theatre Fest, and I still remember the excitement I felt when I received my green Theatre Fest t-shirt and tag. I was a part of the “In-Venue team”, and Pavi and Thoorika spearheaded all the operations that year. They patiently instructed us on our duties, taught us how to handle “difficult” audiences and prepared us to handle the emergency situations proactively. One of my favourite parts of the drill is “the huddle”. To be honest, at first I despised doing the huddle. The huddle is basically where the entire team forms a circle by linking hands, and the head of operations asks us to think of a happy moment and spread the positive energy around the group. Seems simple enough, right? So why do you think I despised it? …..Simple as it may sound, it is not all that easy to conjure a happy thought. I dreaded the huddle for the entire duration of my first Theatre Fest. But on the last day, we had a pizza party before the huddle, and when Pavi asked us to think of a happy moment, it hit me. The Theatre Fest was my happy thought. The plays I got to watch, the friends I made, the rapport I shared with the rest of the team: these were the things that made me happy.

After the Theatre Fest ended, Thoorika invited me to join Team evam, and I gladly accepted. I later learnt that there are several departments in evam, and I was to be a part of the Live Team which mainly handles EST shows (Stand up comedy shows). Attending stand-up shows is one of the best stress busters ever. My favourite stand-up shows till date are Second Decoction and Alex in Wonderland.

Working with evam has helped me develop my interpersonal skills greatly. I went from being a taciturn person to an outgoing person who can put newcomers at ease. Although I’ve worked in various capacities, my favourite duty is “Tech”. When I handle Tech, I play house music before the show, and get to watch from the best seats in the house. Sitting in front of the audio console makes me feel cool. Heh. Being a K-Pop fan, I often arrive early at the venue just to play K-Pop songs on big speakers. My favourite venue is the Museum Theatre. I watched my first play there. The theatre looks surreal at night, bathed the soft glow of golden lights; it transports you right back to the 19th century when it was built.


Since the shows are usually held in different venues across Chennai, I got to learn a lot of routes, short cuts, bus numbers, and train schedules. In the beginning, I got lost quite a few times on my way to the venue. Thanks to evam, I can now navigate from Velachery to Egmore with no difficulty. Joining evam is one of the best decisions I ever made. I look forward to attending tons of stand-up shows in the future, and probably learn stage lighting some day. Cheers!


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Bring your Child to Work!


When we were in schools and colleges, children’s day was just another day – with the exception of chocolates being passed around for everyone. The times have indeed changed. Starting from schools, where the children’s day celebrations happen in an elaborate way, to workplaces and corporate where the HR people go a step beyond and organise an event for the employees to introduce their children to their work environment! But often, there is a question of what can be done for the entire day!

That’s where we step in – evam’s Happy Cow – India’s leading theatre based education house has the perfect solution for this. We have been already working with the children of Mahindra Support staff for the past three years and working with children of that number is an enjoyment in itself. This year we are excited to launch – Children’s Day @ work! An opportunity to bring the child in you and your child, both to your workspace.

“Bring your child to work” would no longer mean packing snacks & lunch for your kids along with their coloring books and story books to keep them engaged when you are shuttling between your work, meetings, call and your kids! We fill their day with performances, workshops & exciting competitions to create a safe and fun experience for them and you! Along with the takeaways that they create by themselves, they would have enough memories and stories to tell everyone about your office.

The day is filled with performances like magic show, puppet show, clown show etc and workshops like puppet/mask making, balloon sculpting etc.

How could you make this happen? Write to your HR/Employee Engagement head with thoorika@evam.in in the CC or share this article with them and ask them to call 9790792115!


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The Rush!!

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Someone who beats her writer’s block with the mere thought of biriyani, Priyanka Natarajan, here in this blog is talking about her experiences with the last three batches of First Rush – evam’s Beginners Acting Course.



The one who is afraid of heights, doing bungee jumping; the one who is afraid of water, venturing into the never ending waves in an attempt to overcome the fear; the one who prefers to stick to the daily routine of life, but daring to step out of the shell to try something new. They all experience a rush within them which is more or less the same feeling our First Rushers feel when going on stage in front of an audience after a month long rigorous rehearsal process.

I have been with the last three batches of First Rush and its always a wonder to see how a bunch of people from various aspects in life come together, work and toil for a month to create an evening so memorable for the audience and even more for themselves. An engineer who usually spends 75% of his day on con-calls generally, is seen repeating and rehearsing his lines when stuck in traffic. An entrepreneur who generally closes deals sitting in the confines of his office, is seen going to costume rentals and bargaining costume deals with the shop keeper. All this to put up a show and to end the performance on a high.

For someone like me, who prefers to be backstage doing work, each and every batch of First Rush is a memory indeed. Starting from the two day workshop, where the participants break the ice and get to know each other, to the last day where everyone is having mixed feelings thinking about their performances, thinking about what to do next – everything is so special to witness from a close quarters.

Before each batch, when I go through the participant’s details, I used to wonder how would they gel with each other and come up with a show within a month! How would an engineer, a journalist, a soft-skills trainer, a college student work with the same wavelength or “chemistry” as it is said to be now! But I stand corrected every single time because by the end of the first week, all the First Rushers start working together like a well-oiled machine.

We had our 33rd batch of First Rushers graduating this month and for this batch we had three of our previous First Rushers write the scripts and thus ended up making this Graduation show even more special. It was almost like a collaborative effort of three First Rush batches.

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As it happens every single time , the madness backstage was felt till the show started and the fact that it was a sold out show was another added factor. As promised in the course, it was the participants who took up production, prop sourcing and marketing of the play and they were all happy to see all efforts paying off with a full-house at their first performing night.

This doesn’t stop here. Having a director, who doesn’t stop his work after the show, helps and motivates them in a different way. There are plans to take this to the next level and to start performing regularly! Way to go guys! All the best!

The 34th batch of First Rush is happening in Chennai on November 11th and 12th and here’s the registration link – http://bit.ly/FirstRushNov :) – if you are looking to have this experience sign up!!!

Priyanka Natarajan

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New Specials from evam Standup Tamasha!

Last year at evam Stand-up Tamasha, we had two of our young and up-coming comics, Alex and Baggy come together to do a One-by-Two stand-up comedy special called The Yogi & The Bear. With both the comics doing over 45 mins of content each and adding their own unique skills to make it a truly special show, we were able to produce a great tour of the show with over 25 shows across India. Now both of them have solo stand-up specials of their own, which are both doing incredibly well.
We are doing something very similar this year, with the most promising artists from our repertory and are very excited about them. We’ve clubbed together comics with certain similarities and have put together 3 stand-up specials. The main idea of course being that these artists get to showcase more than 40 mins of individual content, while touring with their first stand-up specials and in doing so build an audience of their own, who probably have so far seen them only through online videos.
evam Stand-up Tamasha will be producing tours of these shows over the next few months across our home markets. All of these artists will be bringing their best content to stage, along with some brand new content as well. Look out for these over the upcoming months in these cities. We hope our audiences will share with us the joy of witnessing the future stars of stand-up comedy.
Touring in the next few months across Chennai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad are:


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Engineering – An art form that sculpted me!



Vivek is an engineer who worked with Polaris after his degree in engineering. Later he realized his memes gave better ouput than his coding. So he joined evam to give us a lot of funny memes and wonderful posters for our shows and workshops.


One year as an “In-house” designer at evam. 1500 design creatives, several pixels and pixels of images and data, good and interesting work atmosphere and I still keep pondering over my college days and why I did engineering… Oops.. How engineering did me!

Being a twelfth standard class topper is not an easy task. Pride, greetings, bouquets, phone calls wishing all day long. Besides, so many life issues, suggestions, career confusions and innumerable amounts of holidays that takes you to a whole level of boredom. Completing 12th standard in a state board medium and passing out with a school first rank is utter chaos.

I was totally confused on what I am going to do after school. A lot of phone calls from friends and relatives made me decide not do what these people advise me to do. Since high school I was interested in media and acting and I’ve always wanted to choose that as my mainstream.

But why would a mother who works as a teacher, allow her son to choose his career at his will? Everyone became an academic consultant when my mom approached them for career advice. Interesting part is even my great-grandmother who only used to drop her kids to school suggested colleges that never existed.

One common goal of my relatives was to make me an engineer like every other cousin in the family. So they ultimately made my parents choose engineering for me. Even though it was an average institution I liked how they chose the college. One of a distant relative of my distant relative was a staff in my college (not a professor but a lab attender). He wanted me to take that college and told my parents he’d take care of me. He became the Godman of my family. Though I hated engineering, I wanted to do mechanical as my mainstream. Sources told “mechanical doesn’t have good career opportunities. Choose Computers or Electronics.” Hence I had to choose electronics.


Four years of engineering filled me with good and bad memories. But I’d say it was totally a different journey (of 60 kms bumpy ride) where I met many new people and learned a lot of life lessons. Finishing my college and choosing arts as career was one of the biggest turning point which transformed me as a guy who could decide what he wanted in life.

I boldly took a move to quit my corporate career and chose arts as a medium to get the meaning of life. I’ll wholeheartedly say arts taught me things that engineering failed to. It taught me the meaning of my existence. It was arts that gave me a different perspective of life. Be it dance, music or cooking, every art form changed me and my perspective about life.


I wouldn’t say it was a cake-walk decision. There were embarrassments, humiliations & hatred thrown at me. Arts prepared me to receive everything as bouquets.

BTW, I wasn’t a school topper.

Vivek Krishnan (AKA) Venkatanathan

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