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Instagram Workshop by Kuber Shah
11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, 27January, 2017

Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social media networks, with over 500 million users. The workshop will be a fun, intimate 2-hour in-person workshop where one learns to use it successfully and perfectly. Kuber Shah, will share useful tips on taking better photographs with ease, how to use instagram successfully as a perfect tool for personal and business profiles, how to manage your account, tricks to know when to post, how often and even what one should be sharing, and many more important nuances.

Theatre Workshop by Vaishali Bisht 
10am – 1pm, 28th January, 2017

The basic idea of this workshop would be improvising performance (movement, sound, visuals) from text. Over the 3/4 hour workshop, participants (in pairs, teams or solo) would explore various techniques of translating text into movement and sound. The participants can certainly hope to see the outline/skeletal structure of what a performance based on their text may look like.  I hope that unpacking text through an engagement of both body and voice will prove rewarding for both readers and performers alike.

Workshop on Silambam by Aishwarya Manivannan and Power Pandian Aasan Silambam Team
11am-12noon, 29th January, 2017

Silambam is a 3000-year-old traditional martial art form which originated from the South of India. It was primarily practised as a fighting technique for war by royalty. It has now evolved into a sport with tournaments being held at the district, national and international levels. Various forms of Silambam along with allied styles and weapons are practiced. During this workshop, get an insight into the history of Silambam and learn the basics through stick rotations, footwork and movements from Aishwarya and her team. Experience this full-bodied activity through a hands-on practise session of Silambam movements and basic combat techniques of sport and performance Silambam. 

Writing Comics: A Workshop by Jai Undurti and Harsho Mohan Chattoraj
10am-12noon, 29th January, 2017

A workshop on decoding comics and the mechanics of creating panels and layouts, all from a practitioner’s point of view. Participants will learn all about the basics of writing for sequential art, and will work to finish a one-page script by the end of the workshop. They will also get a unique opportunity to explore the entire workflow of a graphic novel from idea to finished script and all the way to the final artwork.

Workshop by Shudrka Hyderabad
2pm-5pm, 29th January, 2017

Shudrka’s approach to creating theatre is a profoundly physical one. This is, what makes the group’s work exhilarating for actors and audiences; it is also what makes it difficult. In the early stages of working with actors on a scene, the group often begins not by analysing or interpreting the text, but rather by suggesting strong physical choices as a way to explore character. This workshop
demonstrates the use of a series of physical exercises in exploring a situation or a character. Far from being a simple cast warm-up, these exercises appear to release a kind of psycho-physical energy inside of and around the actors, strengthening their connection to the space surrounding them and to the images contained both within that space and within their individual psyches. Shudrka Hyderabad, a theatre group based out of Hyderabad-Secunderabad, has been performing plays in Hindi, Bangla and Telugu since 2004.

Workshops by Readomania on

1) The Essentials of Creative Writing: 10am -12noon, 28th Jan, 2017; 11am – 1pm, 29th Jan, 2017
2) Author’s Pitch: 2pm – 4pm, 29th January, 2017

An initiative that nurtures reading and writing, Readomania is a talent hunt in fiction. It goes a step beyond by not just identifying the talent but also nurturing it and showcasing it to the world. In the process, a powerhouse of content is created online. Dipankar Mukherjee will be holding an interesting session on creative writing—to understand the basics and pick up some tips to get your story out. A session to learn the tricks of the trade to ensure that your book is marketed well and to the right audience will be conducted by the team from Readomania. A chance will be given for aspiring authors to present their book to a selection committee. If shortlisted, they will be published by Readomania.

The Children’s fine art Gallery (A Daira initiative)
10am-11am and 2pm-3pm, 27January, 2017

11am-12noon and 3pm-4pm, 28January, 2017
12noon-1pm and 3pm-4pm, 29January, 2017


Each session of this drawing workshop will give students a brief introduction to one contemporary Indian artist followed by an exercise based on the artist’s paintings. Students will be shown the work and asked open-ended questions and further asked to create works of their own. Children can draw, write and ask questions which will only lead them to think, appreciate art and come up with new ideas. Blind contour, cartography, cubism and India’s Picasso will make the workshop interesting and enjoyable.

“Walk Like A Girl” – Workshop by Katharina Kakar
Facilitator: Ninoshka de silva, Tara Trust
11am-1pm, 27Jan; 11am-1pm, 28Jan; 2pm-4pm, 29Jan

Walk Like A Girl is a workshop which inspires confidence through self expression and be accepting of and valuing diversity. Our workshops with youth are to think about gender and connect to their own
imagination through creative activity. The driving objective behind structure is to recognize gender stereotypes through reflection and retention and express ones own wishes and needs. One of the aims is to observe how girls and boys behave, how parents, teachers expect them to behave. Who do I want to be? A boy who cooks? A girl who wrestles? Another aim is to question how girls are manipulated, pressured to adjust to cultural ideals, such as dress code, and behavior so they can share experiences from school and home. The workshop also questions how women are represented in our current visual culture and the effects of that in our daily lives / children draw themselves.

Cartoon Workshop by Neha Parikh:
10am – 12noon, 27th January, 2017

The workshop on Cartooning and Illustration of Figurative Language starts on an interactive note with Neha writing each participant’s name using cartoon alphabets. After a quick warm up of drawing straight lines and basic geometrical shapes, random things (alphabet, number, word, fruit, vegetable etc) are drawn and turned into goofy cartoons. The participants follow suit and are encouraged to come up with their versions of the same. Pencils are not used at all.

Neha will next teach the technicalities – the depiction of almost 60 nuanced emotions as researched by Charles Darwin, and the method of drawing faces from different angles using lines of action. Hilarious idioms and puns are illustrated using these techniques.

Warli Painting Workshop by Neha Parikh:
2pm-5pm, 28th January, 2017

The Warli painting workshop begins with the participants being welcomed with their names written in Warli style alphabets. They are then briefed about the history, art and culture and its relevance in the modern art scene. This is followed by a demonstration after which the participants make their own compositions with the help of the motifs. Neha improvises the motifs before the drawings are translated on pre-painted brown handmade paper with a glassmarking pencil. They are then painted in white colour.

Workshop for children and adults by Deepa Kiran
10am-12noon, 27th January, 2017
2pm-4pm, 28th January, 2017

The art of storytelling, its impact and possibilities it offers. This will follow a lecture demonstration model, which will also be interactive in nature. The facilitator begins with sharing a small story and steering the audience towards insights about the narrative framework (story) and the oral narration (telling). Participants will be encouraged to share stories with each other. This will lead to interpretation and exploration of the possibilities of; storytelling; and in particular, a better understanding of what the oral medium holds for us in these times

Painting Workshop by Avish Juliri
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm, 27 January, 2017
10am-11am and 12noon-1pm 28 January, 2017


In this workshop Avish let’s us ‘unlearn’ what we have been taught about art. Why shouldn’t the sky be green or the lakes be a brilliant purple? Let us explore the inner child inside us and fly way in an imaginary world full of colours in the formless language of abstraction.

Colours play a vital role in unleashing our imagination.  Learn to narrate a story from the world of abstracts. This workshop is not only about creating beautiful and colourful abstracts but also narrating a story out of the formless.

Doodle Workshop by Kanishka Dasgupta
11am – 12noon and 2pm – 3pm, 28th January, 2017

Doodles are everywhere. Doodles are fun. Doodles are art, one on one.
The workshop, by Kansihka Dasgupta, is open to anyone who loves doodle as an art form. Both for relaxation and fun, the workshop enables you to free your mind, and to do ‘oodles of doodles’ whether it be an abstract one, or a doodle that uses objects or even doodling with a shadow. He will demonstrate how doodles are diversified and fun, the art of doodling and partake in doing doodles with objects, shadows, shapes and tell a story your own way. Let there be doodles.

From Page to Stage: The Philippines
3pm – 4pm, 27th January, 2017

Facilitators: Jeena Rani Marquez, Nerisa Guevara, Vim Nadera

Performed literature exists to value all the written and spoken literatures. It celebrates the best and the brightest performances of Filipino and foreign literatures. It aims to discover and dissect all the tangible and intangible heritages. It aspires to entertain, educate, and enlighten the present and future generations. It dares to dream of inventing artistic and literary platforms for love that are classic and 

Transcreation and Theatre
4pm-5pm, 28th January, 2017

Facilitators: Lani Fernandez, Steven Fernandez, Luna Sicat-Cleto

Translation is creation. Creation is translation. Or both. As one. Especially on stage. These days, the Philippine theatre scene is unstoppable. Groups based in the schools, communities, and churches around the country are responsible for its growth. Luzon has ARTISTS, Inc., Kiangan Youth Cultural Organization, Sining Banwa Albay Performance Collective, Philippine High School for the Arts, Schools of Living Traditions, Philippine Educational Theater Association, among others. Visayas has Dagyaw Sigmahanon, Inc. and Kadsadyaan Kultura Leyteña, to name a few. Mindanao always has Integrated Performing Arts Guild, Inc. 

Art Between the Lines: By Juxtapose
10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, 27th and 28th January, 2017

This workshop connects art with literature through creativity.The words from the mind of the person will be transformed into pieces of art created by them. Pages from books or newspapers will be given to the participants. They will have to go through the text and identify the words that would make up a sentence of their choice. It could be lines from a song they like, a quote from a book, a dialogue from a movie or their own thoughts. They will then have to highlight these words to make them stand out from the rest of the text on the pages.The rest of the space will be filled with any art of their own. These will be scanned and emailed to the participant’s contact id for them to use as they want.