Workshops 2017

Crystal Healing

 

Crystal Healing All of us crave for peace, love, harmony, success, good health and an abundance of everything good in our lives. We work hard to achieve all this, yet often fail to see results because too often we are looking in the wrong place. Light is our source, our spiritual essence as well as our true purpose here on earth. It is what guides us. When we are filled with light, we remain in good health — physically, mentally, emotionally — and become magnets to draw abundance and joy in all forms. In this healing session, we will work with different frequencies of light to help you heal. We will also work with crystals, which are rocks and minerals from the earth, and manifested forms of light and colour and very powerful healers. You will also learn how to draw light into yourselves to help you manifest all that you desire and heal on an everyday basis.

 

Speaker:

Bindu Maira has been a New-Delhi based professional Tarot card reader, crystal healer and life coach for 15 years. An English Honours graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, coupled with a degree in German from Pune’s Max Mueller Bhawan, she is an articulate communicator and people’s person. Bindu combines Tarot, colour and crystal healing along with hypnotherapy, sound healing and counselling to guide people. She also runs personal empowerment and karmic healing workshops and organises spiritual and empowerment retreats to help people get in touch with themselves and tap into their innate potential.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
14 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Appreciating the sculptural tradition of India

 

A look at the origin and development of stone and metal sculpture in India, the various styles of sculpture and the nuances that need to be noticed to appreciate this tradition.

 

Speaker:

Chithra Madhavan (Dr) has an M.A and M.Phil from the University of Madras and a Ph.D. from the University of Mysore. She is the recipient of two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India and the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. She is the author of seven books: History and Culture of Tamil Nadu (two volumes), Vishnu Temples of South India (four volumes) and Sanskrit Education and Literature in Ancient and Medieval Tamil Nadu. She has written the text for a coffee-table book Snapshots Of A Bygone Era: A Century of Images, which has more than 100 photographs of various monuments of India. Chithra has co-edited a book South India Heritage: An Introduction containing approximately 500 articles on various aspects of the heritage and culture of South India. She is a guest faculty at various institutions in Chennai such as Kalakshetra Foundation and the Asian College of Journalism. She frequently delivers lectures on temple architecture and iconography at various venues including several IITs.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
14 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

The Five Faces of Translation

 

The Five Faces of Translation The question of authenticity has always cast a shadow on the work and standing of translators. Is literary translation about moving writing from one language into another in order to make readers forget that they are reading a work from another culture? Is the translator a trickster? This workshop of translated writings, (fiction, poetry and memoirs), which is open to anyone who knows two languages, is about carrying the unsaid into the target language and will include materials by people who, a generation ago, could not read, much less write, and whose voices therefore militate against traditions of literary and cultural heritage. The workshop will range between commentaries by the resource person, bilingual readings by authors and translators and written exercises by the participants.

 

Speaker:

Mini Krishnan is Consultant, Publishing (Oxford University Press)

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
14 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Sculpting the text

 

A theatre workshop based on the experiences of the Open-Air Political theatre.

 

Speaker:

Pralayan Shanmugasundaram Chandrasekaran, better known as Pralayan, is one of the pioneering theatre personalities who is spearheading the modern theatre movement with a major emphasis on open-air performances in Tamil Nadu. As the founder and convener of Chennai Kalai Kuzhu, he has been active in the Tamil Nadu theatre scene from 1984. He has written, facilitated and directed more than 50 open-air plays and 23 proscenium plays including Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo, Habib Tanvir’s Moteram ka Satyagragh and Charandas Chor, Chandrashekhara Kambara’s Mahamayi, Haruki Murakami’s The Elephant Vanishes and Na Muthusamy’s England. Pralayan’s works and presentations are known for their dynamic engagement with the space and its design and vibrant music. He has also conducted workshops and directed the plays across India and in countries like Norway, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
15 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Shakespeare & Bollywood

 

Shakespeare & Bollywood  This workshop poses the question: what is it about Shakespeare’s writing that has proved so congenial to adaptation in recent Hindi cinema?  Paying attention to the idea of “masala” as mixture — mixed genres, mixed audiences, mixed locations, mixed languages — Harris will tease out the unexpected Shakespearean qualities of Hindi cinema and the masala qualities of Shakespeare.  In particular, Harris will show how Shakespeare’s language finds an uncanny counterpoint in the language of the masala movie, including the lyrics of songs and (unexpectedly) item numbers.  As a result, workshop participants will realise how, if Shakespeare were alive today, he might just be writing for cinema rather than for theatre, and for Bollywood rather than for Hollywood.

 

Speaker:

Jonathan Gil Harris is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Ashoka University. The author of the best-selling The First Firangis (2015), he is also President of Shakespeare Society of India and author of six books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  His articles on Shakespeare and Hindi cinema have been published in The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, and The Week. These form the basis of his book-in-progress, Masala Shakespeare, which considers the often unexpected convergences between Shakespeare’s drama and Indian story-telling, performance and entertainment traditions.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
15 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

The Seeing Eye…Ways of Seeing

 

This workshop is about shifting your visual paradigm. It will explore different objects and ideas and open one’s mind to looking at things differently. Words, images and narratives build ideas and ideas shape a thought that, in turn, becomes a visual. The process of thinking differently and setting yourself apart will be the objective of this session.

 

Speaker:

Sharan Apparao, one of the most well-known curators and promoters of art in India, has worked with contemporary art for over three decades. Since her first presentation of art in 1983, she has made Chennai an established destination for the discerning collector. Apparao Galleries is located in Chennai, Delhi and Gurgaon. With a background education in fine arts, Sharan has previously worked at the Smithsonian and Christie’s contemporary art, besides honing her communication skills at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More recently, she did a luxury management programme, a joint programme between IIM (A) AND ESSEC- Paris. She now conducts shows in cities across India. She has been featured in Anuradha Rajivan’s book A Business of her Own, and in The Voyage to Excellence. She is one of the recipients of the FLO Chennai Women Entrepreneur Awards.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
15 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
10.00 a.m. -12.00 noon

Metaphors that move minds

 

Metaphors that move minds: A Master class on learning how to write metaphors inspired by ancient poems describing Madras. The devotional verses of six temples in Chennai composed between the 5th to 12th centuries are rich in metaphors that describe the villages that eventually became Madras. The metaphors evoke rich images that leave pleasant feelings and also have a political motive of behaviour change.
The master class will read the metaphors, explore why the images they evoke continue to be powerful even 1000 years after they were written and how metaphors can be created today using the same principles.

 

Speaker:

Pradeep Chakravarthy graduated from JNU and LSE. For the last 20+ years, he has worked in HR at TVS, Cognizant , Infosys and McKinsey &Co. Pradeep has always been passionate about Tamil Nadu’s history and heritage and pioneered and curated two-day tours to different districts to explore local culture, cuisine and art and architecture. He also writes for The Hindu and other newspapers on the pre-colonial history of Madras and Tamil Nadu. He explores the complex interconnections between art, architecture, economics, politics and geography in his writing and conversations.  He has authored six books and has a few more in print. He brings learnings from history into his work as a leadership development expert and coach.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
15 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
2.00 to 4.00 pm

How do you read a film?

 

How do you read a film? Do you need to be a critic to be able to decode something as simple as a story told on the big screen?
Does the average movie buff read films differently from critics? Do you read films differently if you are a storyteller yourself? Unlike books, films leave a lot less to your imagination. But does this mean you don’t need interpretation skills? Between film appreciation and criticism lies an often ignored aspect of cinema: Film reading. This two-hour workshop will attempt to change the way you read films, a storytelling medium that’s evolving with every film made every month. A form of storytelling that’s constantly reinventing and challenging the rules laid down by textbooks and convention, empowered by technology.
So how do you read these ever-changing visual narratives that are just a over 100 years old, compared to the other, older forms of traditional storytelling and myth-making? Especially, in our rapidly changing times where attention spans are dwindling and movie-watching has become a social, community-based exercise.

 

Speaker:

Sudhish Kamath has independently written, directed and produced four feature films. His debut film That Four Letter Word, was recently adapted in Gujarati as Pela Adhi Akshar (2016) by filmmaker Kunal Shah. He’s also a film critic and former journalist with 21 years of experience, including 16 years at the The Hindu. He was on jury of the International Children’s Film Festival of India (Lucknow) and on the selection jury of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram), 2015. He conducts workshops and lectures on films and writing in colleges like IIT-Madras, Manipal University, Karnataka; and Dayanand Sagar University, Bengaluru. He is currently working on a book on Rajinikanth for HarperCollins and an untitled international collaboration with South African actor-photographer Elsa Bleda and Japanese producer-actor Allen Ai.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
16 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
30
Time:  
2.00 - 5.00 pm

The Women Storytelling Salon

 

Have you ever wondered how a writer becomes a writer? What are the stories of women who tell stories (fiction and non-fiction) as a profession? The Women’s Storytelling Salon creates and documents these stories. It provides a multi-generational platform for women to share stories with each other – younger women to see what older women are doing, and older women to see what younger women are dreaming of and supporting them to make this their reality. It documents stories of women’s accomplishments, so that women are recognised for their contributions in this world. The Core Values that drive the Storytelling Salon are the 4Cs: Credibility: real and authentic stories; Contribution: stories reveal how every woman contributes to society in big and small ways, and is sometime completely invisible; Candor:openness and honesty in telling a story; Confidentiality: safe space to share stories
To know more visit https://www.facebook.com/thewomenstorytellingsalon

 

Speaker:

Nandini Oomman is a Founding Curator of The Women’s Storytelling Salon™. She is fascinated by the art and science of storytelling even when she is being a global health and development specialist or a policy wonk in Washington, DC and around the world.  She has more than 20 years of public health research, programme and policy experience. Before she discovered the joys of creative self- employment and entrepreneurship she worked at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and at The World Bank in Washington, DC influencing the role of big development donors in global health. Earlier jobs at the Rockefeller Foundation and at an HIV/AIDS prevention organization in India, as well as consulting assignments with the Packard Foundation created a life long passion to improve women’s health and development around the world. Nandini has a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has published widely in academic journals, and has served on Boards of several non-profits in health and education.

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Age Group:  
18+
Date:  
16 January, 2017
Fee:  
Rs.1000
Participants Limit:  
80
Time:  
2.00 - 5.00 pm