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Speakers

Theatre Practitioner
Psychologist, Theatre Practitioner & Poet
Theatre Practitioner
Poet, Translator & Theatre Practitioner
Theatre Practitioner
Theatre Practitioner
Theatre Practitioner
Writer & Poet
BA Student
MCom Graduate
MA Student
Language Specialist
Filmmaker & Writer

Date & Time

Sat, 25 Feb 2023 11:00 am Sun, 26 Feb 2023 6:00 pm

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Schedule:

February 25 | Saturday

11:00 am | ತಲಹರಟೆ ಹರಟೆ | Talaharate Harate | Jijji Productions

ಅಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕುಳು ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಬರ್ತವೆ?ಯ ಕೆಲವು ‘ ತಲಹರಟೆ ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳು’ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದೆ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮ
ಕುತೂಹಲಗಳನ್ನು, ತುಂಟತಣಗಳನ್ನು, ಗುಟ್ಟುಗಳನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆ 25 Feb ಅಂದು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.

Talahaarte Charchegalu – small snippets of conversations from Amma makkalu ellinda bartaave? (A digital storytelling series) To ask all those curious questions that were left answered, for all the naughtiness that was locked up in the second drawer of the cupboard, for all the secrets that were tucked away back in time .. come talk with us on the 25th Feb at BIC!

Amma Makkalu Ellinda Bartaave? is a Gender Bender 2020 grantee project, originally produced by Sandbox Collective and Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.

12:00 noon | Workshop on the Basics of Indian Sign Language | Cheshire Disability Trust

1:00 pm | Sharing Circle | iDare

A safe space to express, reflect, connect and find healing through community. We will be hosting a sharing circle on self love and talking about what self love means to each of us, challenges in practicing it, and how to overcome them.

4:00 pm | Open Mic/Open Jam with Broke Artists’ Collective

You have a song to sing, an instrument to strum, a story to tell? Bring it all to the jam.

February 26 | Sunday

11:00 am | Buguri: Community Theatre Beyond the Proscenium | Shodhan Basrur, TH Lava Kumar, Sathwik NN

A performance by the children of Buguri Community Library by Hasiru Dala will be followed by an interaction with the children and a moderated discussion around the possibilities that community theatre offers, the impact it has on social change and its challenges and limitations.

1:00 pm | Workshop on the Basics of Indian Sign Language | Cheshire Disability Trust

2:00 pm | Sharing Circle | iDare

A safe space to express, reflect, connect and find healing through community. We will be hosting a sharing circle on self love and talking about what self love means to each of us, challenges in practicing it, and how to overcome them.

4:00 pm | Harte Katte | Padmavati Rao of Sarsayee Foundation for Theatre & Education 

Sarsayee Foundation for Theatre and Education has been making available, mostly in rural  areas, its intervention called Conversations. These conversations revolve around the ground  realities in the village and within one’s own lives. Often these were held on the verandahs/jaglis  of village folks’ homes. It has helped to sow the seed of some awareness to all that one is blind  to or prefers to be blind to. It is about simple things that fill the physical and non physical  spaces of our lives.  

The conversation at BIC could be one such event under the umbrella called Harte Katte that  we’ve conducted so far. While the Harte with its informal air, could have a predetermined  course it will be flexible to accommodate what comes up in conversation so that it is not so  much about spectatorship as it will be about participation. The aim is to bring into focus that  which has gone unnoticed in the essence of all that is included in one’s life. It is not about  advising but about discovering and bringing into the realm of awareness that which has been taken for granted.  

5:00 pm | ನೆಲದ ಕವಿತೆ | Nelada Kavite | Poems of the People | Neelavarana 

Neelavarana consists of Ambedkarite artists comprising of filmmakers, writers, artists, actors & musicians. Their main objective is to build a platform for Bahujan artists in Kannada. In ನೆಲದ ಕವಿತೆ or Nelada Kavite (Poems of the common people), a young bunch of Kannada poets gather together and recite some of their poems.

6:30 pm | Open Mic/Open Jam with Broke Artists’ Collective

You have a song to sing, an instrument to strum, a story to tell? Bring it all to the jam.

 

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Speakers

Shradha Raj

Theatre Practitioner

Shradha Raj is an actor, theatre maker and theatre facilitator from Bangalore. She is a graduate of Theatre studies, English literature and Psychology. She has worked with several theatre institutions such as Bengaluru’s Ranga Shankara, Outside the March- Canada, Thespo India and others to name a few. Most of her previous work is centered around Caste, Gender and Sex. She believes that the world runs on Stories and Collaboration.

Shweta Bhat

Psychologist, Theatre Practitioner & Poet

Psychologist by day. Poet by twilight. Asleep by midnight.

Shweta Bhat has been many things in her short life – software professional, workplace trainer, writer, counsellor, theatre artist and poet. She prefers to be a Jill of some trades and a Mistress of some. Above all, she believes in doing everything out of love.

Shweta works with the NGO SASHA as a consultant and advisor for workplaces in the area of sexual harassment prevention. She also performs playback theatre with Bangalore-based group ‘citylamps’ and is an improviser and teacher with No Pressure Improv. She can be found online @shwetabhatpoetry.

Rashmi Ravikumar

Theatre Practitioner

Rashmi is a theatre director and facilitator. The intersection of Kannada and English theatre as well as that of playback and proscenium theatre is an area that she loves working with. She also has a background in psychology, which she often uses as a tool in playmaking. She is artistic director of jijji productions, one of the co-founders of citylamps playback theatre and works as a corporate facilitator at Navgati.

She has directed two plays for the Rangashankara youth festival and was awarded the gender bender grant by Sandbox Collective and Max Muller Bhavan in 2020. She has also performed in over 75 playback and improvisation performances. She is drawn to Gender, Mental health and Absurdism in performance

Padmavati Rao

Poet, Translator & Theatre Practitioner

Padmavati Rao is an actor, writer, director, translator and poet. As an actor she has worked in Kannada, Hindi, English, Marathi and recently even in Malayalam and Tamil cinema. Her most recent release is a film titled Miniaturist of Junagadh which won critical acclaim at international film festivals and in India. Her solo theatre show Kitchen Poems was shown at the prestigious Theatre Olympics in 2018. Padmavati is also a filmmaker, storyteller, puppet maker and puppeteer. She has authored text books on Life Skills Through Theatre and trains teachers to use theatre in the classroom. She has worked with teachers of private and government schools from around the country in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Lakshadweep and in communities in the Himalayas. She hopes to make theatre more accessible across age groups and geographies. In the last eight years her focus is on villages just outside Bangalore for a start where she endeavours to do and promote natural farming, arts and crafts.

Shodhan Basrur

Theatre Practitioner

Originally from Kundapura, Shodhan trained at NINASAM Theatre Institute, Heggodu in 2012-13. He toured with NINASAM’s traveling troupe across Karnataka for two years while working with various theatre companies simultaneously. He has also appeared in films and television series and is presently associated with Jangama Collective, Bangalore.

T H Lava Kumar

Theatre Practitioner

Sathwik NN

Theatre Practitioner

Sathwik is an actor, writer and theatre-maker. His work lies in the intersection of theatre, community engagement and education. He has written, translated, directed and produced plays in Kannada and English. Recipient of Inlaks Scholarship 2018, he has an MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently working as the Director of Buguri Children’s Program, a community library project by Hasiru Dala.

M K Abhilash

Writer & Poet

M K Abhilash is a writer and poet from Bangalore. He is convinced that his ideas come from staring at the ceiling fan of his room for long hours.

Bharath Raj

BA Student

Bharath is a second year B.A. student at Government First Grade College in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. He spends his time reading, writing poems, and making charcoal pencil art.

Prabuddha Anupama

MCom Graduate

Prabuddha Anupama has a Master’s Degree in Commerce. She began writing poems in the 5th grade as a hobby, and has been doing it actively since 2019. She is deeply influenced by B. R. Ambedkar, which comes through in her writing. 

Divyashree

MA Student

Divyashree is a first generation student from Adarante, a small village in Sagara Taluk. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in English at St. Joseph’s University. She is a voracious reader and writes in Kannada.

Devaraj Chikanalli

Language Specialist

Devaraj Chikanalli is an engineering graduate. He juggles many roles, including making films, writing poetry and freelancing as a language specialist.

 

Filmmaker & Writer

Naveen Tejaswi is a filmmaker from Hosabale, Shivamogga. He is a writer, filmmaker, lyricist, photographer and editor. He has written and directed the short films Habba Haridina Suggi Shivarathri, Bidugade and Vadyana. His award-winning films have been screened at international festivals in India, Russia and USA.