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Sun, Jul 21


Sanskriti Kala Kendra

Workshop: Sound Design for Live Performance

An introductory workshop on designing, recording, creating and operating soundscapes for theatre, dance and other performances.

Workshop: Sound Design for Live Performance
Workshop: Sound Design for Live Performance

Time & Location

Jul 21, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM GMT+5:30

Sanskriti Kala Kendra , Anandagram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Rd, Anand Gram, Aya Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110047, India

About the event

Kaivalya Plays invites you to 

Workshop: Sound Design for Live Performance

An introductory workshop by Gaurav Singh Nijjer on designing, recording, creating and operating soundscapes for theatre, dance and other performances.

🗓️ Sunday July 21

⏰ Runs 4:30pm to 6:30pm

📍 Sanskriti Kala Kendra, Aya Nagar, South Delhi 

🎟️ INR 1499/- per participant. Get 20% off on booking on or before 7th July 2024 by purchasing the available Early Bird ticket.


This introductory workshop offers a unique opportunity to delve into sound design techniques with a focus on examples from Indian theatre productions. During the workshop, participants will:

  • Interpret Text for Soundscape: Undertake a creative briefing exercise to break down text (playscripts, short stories etc) into soundscape design concepts
  • Learn Sound Design Techniques: Discover the essentials of sound design, with the facilitator sharing insights and examples from Indian theatre.
  • Hands-On Soundscape Creation: Engage in a practical recording, editing, and creating process. Participants will design a 1-2 minute soundscape fragment using recorded sounds and copyright-free sounds from the internet for a script sample.
  • Explore Diagetic and Non-Diagetic Sound: Understand the difference between sounds that originate within the world of the performance and those that are external to it.
  • Discuss Recorded vs Live Sound: Learn the advantages and considerations of using recorded sound versus live sound in performances.
  • Sound as a Performer: Examine how sound can act as a performer, providing information, supporting emotions, and creating mood in a live performance.
  • Sound Operation: Examine a few tools to operate sounds quickly and flexibly in live performance.

Participants will:

  • Expand their knowledge: Gain a foundational understanding of sound design techniques.
  • Develop practical skills: Learn the process of recording, editing, and creating soundscapes.
  • Collaborate and create: Work on a practical project, creating a soundscape for a script sample.
  • Enhance their productions: Learn how to effectively use sound to add depth and dimension to their performances.

Note: This workshop is open to all kinds of storytellers, performers, designer and creative souls, no prior technical experience is needed. Participants are required to bring their laptops and any audio recording device (smartphones, mics etc) to the workshop as it will be a hands-on, practice-led learning experience. 


Gaurav Singh is a theatre-maker, creative technologist and designer from New Delhi, India whose artistic works explore technology and media in live performance. He brings together his experience in design, digital cultures and data to explore new ways of engaging audiences, in the theatre, at home and elsewhere. He is one-half of the Delhi-based theatre collective Kaivalya Plays and works as a freelance artist with artist collectives in India, United Kingdom and Europe. He recently completed the German Chancellor Fellowship where he conducted a 12-month arts research project on digital theatre and hybrid performances with the Berlin-based Rimini Protokoll. Gaurav studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London as a Chevening Scholar. His recent artistic works include ABSURDO (2023), Mining Hate (2023), Climateprov (2023), Trust Me, It’s a Forward (2023) The Amazing Flabby Breasted Virgin & Other Sordid Tales (2022) and Lifeline 99 99 (2021). As a creative technologist, his work often brings live audio, coding, live camera and video, digital platforms, APIs, automations and other digital technologies and tools onto the stage. He has previously received the Parivartan Artistic Research grant for AI in Indian Theatre, the AI to Amplify Fellowship by Goethe Institut, the Stage Jame #4 grant by Schaubude Berlin, the Befantastic AI Arts Fellowship, C3: Creativity, Codes and Community and other grants to support his work in technology in theatre. 


Kaivalya Plays is a performing arts and production company led by Varoon P. Anand as its Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh Nijjer as its General Manager. Since 2012, they have worked consistently, been very noisy, and built transcultural associations across India and the world. Their artistic work includes original, devised theatre performances which are multilingual, interactive and hybrid, use technology and media on stage as well as are built using techniques of improvisational, documentary and physical theatre. Their work includes live performances, education and training, community arts programs, producing guest performances, and more. Improvisational theatre is the cornerstone of Kaivalya’s artistic practice, which they apply to arts programs focused on artistic development, language learning, mental health and wellbeing, gender and representation, and multicultural performances, among other areas. They have received multiple artistic commissions and grants, such as EU MediaFutures Artist for Media grant, Goethe Institut’s Refunction and Gender Bender grants, amongst others. Their recent artistic work includes ABSURDO (2023), Mining Hate (2023), Ollantay (2022), Lifeline 99 99 (2021), Luz Negra (2020) How To Disappear Completely and Never be Found (2020), Unravel (2019), amongst others. Most recently, they received the Creativity Pioneers Fund 2023 from the Moleskine Foundation. 


  • Workshop Pass - Early Bird

    Sale ends: Jul 07, 11:00 AM GMT+5:30
    +₹29.98 service fee
  • Workshop Pass - Regular

    +₹37.48 service fee



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