Fitzmaurice Voicework® & Vachika Workshop

Somatic Voice

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 June 22nd - June 27th
10.30 am - 1.30 pm IST

INR8,500 for all 6 days ||| INR 4,500 for 3 days

6-day Online Workshop

For actors, singers, performers, public speakers and anyone interested in the miracle that is the human voice!

Days 1 to 3
Foundation to Fitzmaurice Voicework® –
Destructuring & Restructuring

Integrate Body, Breath, and Voice
Develop vocal freedom and power
Develop presence – being heard and being seen
Improve communication
Deal with stress and anxiety
Shift harmful vocal habits
Find your voice

Days 4 to 6
Foundation in Vachika –

Six-Theme Basic Battery for Release, Breathing, Resonance, Skeletal Alignment, Muscles of Support and sensorial awareness of the Point of Articulation.
Vachika draws inspiration from the reference to voice as ‘cosmic sound’ in the Natyashastra and uses Sanskrit as the phonetic base for speech work.
Get your very cool Vachika Certificate!


“Voice is an action. It has no location in the body except when it is in action, sounding. The essential physical structures—diaphragm, intercostal, abdominal and back muscles; larynx; articulators; body form and cavities—are in themselves virtually mute until with a particular use of the breath and vocal folds they all inter-relate as power source, oscillator, and resonator to create sound. It is for optimal functioning of the breath energy, as power source, that I have searched”. – Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a comprehensive, holistic approach to voice training, originally developed for actors, it’s now used in many fields to help people with a wide range of needs.
Fitzmaurice Voicework® focuses on the whole human voice. It can support speaking for performance, public speaking, singing, voice with movement, vocal rehabilitation, developing greater presence, and so much more.
The word ‘Vachika’ is drawn from the Natyashastra, where its meaning is indicated as cosmic sound or song.

Angikam Bhuvanam Yasya
Vachikam Sarva Vangmayam
Aaharyam Chandrataaradi TanNumaha
Satvikam Sivam

In voicework, Vachika is located in speech; where speech is seen as an arrangement of sound & rhythm – a kind of song. Since sound is energy, Vachika is an investigation into the sensorial perception of this energy via impulse-breath and un-structured sound in the body to arrive at structured speech. The curiosity we harbour is: when spoken, does this energy have the power to impact the physical body of the listener?

Voice is our aural presence, as the body is our physical presence. We look at voice in this workshop, in the service of communication and human connection.

These free sessions will address practical needs specific to the participants. Deeper curiosities are invited and more than welcome!
The sessions will focus on these and other areas:

• Vocal freedom, power, resonance, vocal health, muscular release and vocal variation
• Dealing with stress and anxiety
• Presence, being seen and being heard
• Integrating Body, Breath, and Voice to speak in an embodied way
• Personal warm-ups that are effective for each individual student

The students need to bring:
1. Yoga mat
2. A blanket or shawl to cover themselves
3. A pillow
4. A water bottle
5. 1 piece of Dramatic text – memorised (about 10 lines in any language of fluency)
6. 1 Song – memorised (in any language of fluency)
7. Do not bring a text/song in a language you are not familiar or comfortable.
8. Writing material for notes.
9. Questions about Voice

Mallika Prasad Sinha
Actor | Director | Voice & Speech Coach | Ethnographic Filmmaker
MA Performance Making, University of London
PGD – Acting, National School of Drama, Delhi
Founder & Artistic Director – Actors Ensemble India Forum (AEIF)
Member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association, USA (VASTA)
Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, USA

Mallika is a multi-award-winning director and performer; she has produced a number of documentary films and starred in seminal films such as “Devi” Ahilya Bai (Hindi – 2002) and Kanooru Heggadathi (Kannada – 1999). She is a well-known personality in Kannada television, having been part of the creative teams of several prominent serials such as Mussanjaya Katha Prasanga, Garva, Guptagamini, as well as most recently playing the lead antagonist in the mega-serial Nagakannike. She has also lent her voice as the narrator, Cauvery for the prestigious Son et lumière Show at the Mysuru Palace.

Her documentary films have engaged with rural women’s cooperatives in Rajasthan, as well as agricultural labour groups in Bihar. She has also documented the practice of gurus playing three rare Carnatic music instruments, as part of an initiative to preserve intangible cultural heritage. She has been involved in the making of several documentary and educational films to help school teachers and children with Spoken English across the country, including developing content for ISRO’s EDUSAT initiative.

Mallika founded Actors Ensemble India Forum (AEIF) in 2007. AEIF is a media production company committed to the creation of cutting-edge work that emerges from creative risk-taking and rigorous research. There is an active and sustained engagement with martial forms and physical practices and exploration of how physical vocabularies intersect with and inform body, voice, text and sound.

She has directed theatre productions and taught acting and voice at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, Hyderabad University, the National School of Drama – Bangalore and Sikkim, Sri Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale, and the NINASAM Theatre Institute, Karnataka.

Mallika has designed and developed a two-year Voice & Speech Curriculum for the intercultural performer and has taught at premiere theatre and performance institutes – ITI, LASALLE and NAFA in Singapore. She draws upon a variety of approaches to address vocal and speech needs. Students are introduced to exercises developed over two decades of working with actors, her own training as a voice coach, performer and theatre maker with master teachers from across the world. She has been taught by Khalid Tyabji, Veenapani Chawla, Lakshman Gurukkal, Sue Weston, Marie-Gabrialle Rotie, Steve Paxton and more recently, by Saul Kotzubei, Ilse Pfeifer, Cynthia Bassham, and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She combines practical exercises that are based on principles found in Yoga, Kalaripayattu, Alexander Technique and Japanese Butoh.