Following self-introductions, a team warm-up was led, under the direction of Mukherjee, by the two youngest participants. The team then became engaged in a variety of tasks. The following are a few of the assignments.
Different kinds of gait involving the different areas of the torso, the point of which was to notice the very different expressions they generate: head walking (thoughtfulness), chest walking (pomposity), and waist walking (shyness or instability). Then each participant employed all three styles, switching at random. Finally, each person emulated the walking style of someone else in the team.
For the next task, the whole team arranged itself in an equilateral triangle, with someone at the apex acting as the leader. The team would then blindly follow the leader’s gestures (for example, the leader could wave both hands in the air, or pat her/his head while walking, which the others would have to mimic) as the entire triangle advanced to the other end of the arena, all the while maintaining the triangular formation. Once there, the triangle swiftly inverted itself, with someone previously at the base assuming the leadership position at the apex. The team then advanced toward the opposite end, following the physical cues from the new leader.
For another assignment, each participant walked casually, until the ring of a bell prompted the individual to react to an imagined scene of a vehicle about to run over a child who has just run into the street, chasing a ball. The goal was to generate instantaneous expressions of horror and despair.
Character acting took several forms as well. First, each participant, having chosen a picture of a fashion model from a sales catalog, imagined and enacted the movements and mannerisms of the person in the picture in social spaces. Since the pictures were distributed randomly, some of the male participants ended up with images of women, and vice versa. The objective here was to invent characters via pictorial clues. Next, all the characters inhabited a shopping mall, where one of them suddenly passed out and dropped to the ground. All the other characters in the crowd then had to address that incident according to the invented character traits. Finally, the characters interacted with one another as guests at a Bengali wedding reception.
In a different mode of character acting, each participant read a poem written by the youngest member of the group, and acted out a short sequence based on the content of the poem.
The workshop was a novel and immensely beneficial experience for the entire team, but especially for those who had never attended a theater workshop.