This week on Yes But Why, listen in as I talk to India-based improviser, Balasree Viswanathan.
Balasree Viswanathan is the co-artistic director of Improv Comedy Bangalore as well as the leader of the only all-female improv troupe in India, The Adamant Eves.
Bala found improv on a whim while she was in grad school for mechanical engineering. She really loved it. She joined the university’s improv team and soaked up all the different improv styles they could teach her. Then, when she graduated and returned home to Bangalore, she connected with Improv Comedy Bangalore and started performing, producing and directing improv shows with them.
In our conversation, Bala talks about being inspired by all the international Zoom improv jams that she has connected with! She says she has found great comfort in this community online. Bala talks about what she has learned from the adjustment of performing via Zoom instead of #improvIRL . She says it has improved her confidence and her commitment to the bit.
Balasree is always working on something new creatively. Since before ICB had to take their improv shows online, Bala has been on the lookout for fun collaborations with different artists in India. She is currently working on developing a new show that combines poetry with storytelling and improv with scripted theater.
Keep an eye out for online classes being offered at Improv Comedy Bangalore by checking out their website. Maybe Bala could be your teacher! You can also watch Bala’s online improv shows on the ICB Facebook page. Support Balasree Viswanathan and her improv community in India!
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