Andretta Arts

The Mirage has recently moved into theatre production with its company "Andretta Arts", the workspace of which is based on this property, "The Mirage", in Andretta in the Himalayan foothills of India. The Mirage's first play as co-producer premiered in France on 6th February, 2016. The play was created at The Mirage and La Chaussée, a theatre residency run by Footsbarn Traveling Theatre Group in France. 



Dates:  May 11 to May 17, 2016

May 14 will be day off. Various possibilities. Visit Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj, Norbulingka,  monasteries, paragliding, pottery or local jungle walks & relaxing. Participants will be helped by workshop organizers in planning their day out.  

Seats:   15

Age group: Open (16 onwards)

Selection: First come first served.

The workshop will be conducted by Chandigarh-based Neelam Mansingh and she will be assisted by Andretta-based Navjot Randhawa.

Bookings and Tariff:
To initiate the process of booking please write to the following email address:

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As seats are limited, send in your e-mails early. On hearing from us regarding your selection, book your place by sending an advance of 50% of the full fee.

Fee, per participant, is INR 32000/-. This is fully inclusive (including workshop, accommodation on a twin sharing basis, food, laundry, etc.)

Discounts apply in certain criteria (groups, students, financial hardship etc.) Please call Navjot to discuss.

To confirm your place a 50% deposit is required.

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This workshop is aimed at "non-actors" & "aspiring actors" who want to discover the actor in them. The essence of this one intense week at the beautiful Himalayan retreat "The Mirage" will be a combination of physical theatre exercises, exercises about unlocking the imagination, exercises centered on "the rasa box", exercises exploring an actor's relationship with object and using a text, created by the actors and expanding that.


Neelam Mansingh, a 1975 National School of Drama graduate, is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 and the Padmashri in 2011 for her unparalleled contribution to Punjabi theatre. She continues to lead and direct plays for her Chandigarh-based theatre group, The Company, which has performed to critical acclaim in major national and international theatre festivals such as The London International Festival of Theatre, Festival d'Avignon, France, Festival of Japan. Some of her major works include Kitchen Katha, Sibo in Supermarket, Nagamandala amongst several others.

She has been teaching at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University since 1990 and has also been the Chairperson twice. She has directed for the Opera Circus, London, has done residencies at University of North Carolina, University of California, has done a multi-lingual teaching in Tokyo and has done cinema actor training for Midnights Children, Heaven on Earth, Water and Biba Boys.

She regularly contributes to international and national journals on Indian Theatre. She regularly writes book reviews for academic journals and has also contributed extensively for Theatre India- A Journal published by the National School of Drama.

Neelam Mansingh has been part of the Hindu Literary Festival in 2014 and the Jaipur Literary Festival in 2012 where she was in conversation with Sir David Hare and Sir Tom Stoppard.



"Love for theatre was born at the age of 6 when I, along with my elder sister Tanveer, acted in my first play, Badal Sarkar’s Badi Buaji with IIT Roorkee students. Later when I was an under-graduate student at St.Stephens College, Delhi, I became actively involved with Shakespeare Society, the dramatics club of the college. I acted in both Hindi and English plays and went on to become the head of the Hindi section of the Society. When I arrived in Paris with a scholarship, I decided to go for further training. I studied both « Method Acting » at Acting International (2 years), a Lee Strasberg Method School and « the moving body » at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. After returning from Paris in 2012 and before starting my professional theatre career in Bombay, I went to Adishakti Pondicherry since I felt I wanted to continue learning what I had begun at the Jacques Lecoq workshops. After acting in both plays and films in Bombay for 3 years, I moved to Andretta about a year ago. I recently wrote my first play "Everything She Wants" with Bombay based theatre artiste Jim Sarbh. The play is based on Amrita Sher-Gil's life in Paris. My films include Khalid Mohamed’s « Katha », Khalid Mohamed’s version of « The Human Voice » and Kabir Chowdhry’s « Mehsampur ».