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1. Lavani – Online Workshops @ Prithvi

What – Workshop
When – 17th – 23rd October 2020

This Lavani workshop, conducted by Aditi Bhagwat, will teach you the basics of Lavani dancing and choreography to a song.

2. The Art of Play – Online Workshops @ Prithvi

What – Children’s Workshop (Ages 11-15)
When – 19th – 23rd October 2020

Workshop Conducted by Jasleen Kaur Sachdev

This workshop is an invitation to a whimsical surprise party celebrating your own imagination, spontaneity and creativity! Through role plays and object play, metaphors and storytelling, dance and art; move into a world of fantasy where characters, worlds and spontaneous dialogue are generated. Fusing elements of drama therapy, play therapy, storytelling and other expressive art therapies; activities are drawn from a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to engage you in exploring different methods of creative problem solving and self – expression. It is so much fun, caution is urged – participating in this workshop could be habit forming!

3. India Film Project Season X Virtual Festival

What – Asia’s Largest Content Festival
When – 22nd – 25th October 2020

The festival will have a 100+ screenings, workshops, and artist sessions; great curated conversations with experts and industry big wigs. The Speakers coming to IFP’s Virtual Stage include Aranya Johar | Bhumi Pednekar | Cyrus Broacha | Dolly Singh | Gajraj Rao | Kusha Kapila | Maitreyi Ramakrishnan | Mira Nair | Pankaj Tripathi | Ranveer Allahbadia | Ratna Pathak Shah | Satyanshu Singh | Sayani Gupta | Sheeba Chadha | Shweta Tripathi and 100+ Speakers! Workshops & Masterclasses by professionals from GoPro | Aputure | Deity | Skillshare | Spotify | Adobe | Celtx | Fujifilm | Sennheiser | XP-PEN | TSM and so much more!

4. Dr. Anandibai

What – Performance
When – 24th October 2020

Directed by Manoj Shah

Written by Geeta Manek

Performed by Manasi Joshi

Anandibai Joshi, India’s first female physician, was a trailblazer. In spite of being married to a man twenty years elder to her, who was also a hypocrite showing off his liberal attitude, Anandibai defied the prevailing patriarchal conventions and set sail to America to become the first Indian female MD physician in the year 1886. Her achievement paved the way for Indian women freeing them from the shackles of restrictions and compulsions. It proved that women can have an identity other than that of a mother, wife and daughter. That she can be her own being. An individual. It’s been 150 years since then. Have things really changed? Are Indian women free? Free from the drudgery of household chores? Free to think of their own desires, wishes and needs? There has been progress in terms of education, careers, lifestyle choices, but can we say the same about our attitude and our mindset?

5. Buzzwords

What – Playback Theatre Performance
When – 24th October 2020

Presented by Yours Truly Theatre

Are there words you’ve been hearing wayyyy toooo often these days? – Nepotism, Unemployment, US Elections, Dalgona, Netflix Party, Drugs, Vaccine, 5G, Floods, Work from Home, Ok Boomer.

Yours Truly Theatre presents a playback theatre show centred on BUZZWORDS. A show in which they serve you performances on topics ranging from peppiest rumours to steaming issues. But who decides which topics? YOU! Get a chance to be a part of YT’s kitchen where you add the key ingredients to the dishes, sit back and watch them come to life. A theatre version of Bandersnatch!! Witness the joy of stories created and played back right in front of your eyes.

6. Story Talkies : Stories in Communication

What – Workshop
When – 24th & 25th October 2020

Workshop conducted by Deevas Gupta

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss

We are all made of stories, raised through stories and connect through stories. Right from a casual living room discussion to an ad commercial, from cinema to planning your next vacation, from negotiating for overpriced merchandise to a professional business conference, stories enhance our day-to-day. It is almost impossible to deny the importance of stories in our lives. As Patrick Rothfuss says, a story is a reflection of oneself. It makes the listener empathize with the characters, situations and the storyteller. As each story unfolds, people start connecting to the characters, emotions and the storyteller.

So why not use the power of storytelling to make way, to connect, to convince and collaborate? All this and more only by fine-tuning your art of storytelling. Learn simple, day to-day conversation techniques, body language, structure, pitch and presentation. Lead with a story and make an impact. A good story, if told well, can change your life.

7. Playing to Bombay – Theatrenama with Sunil Shanbag

What – Theatre Stories
When – 25th October 2020

Brought to you by Studio Tamaasha

The rich variety and sheer quantity of theatre practice in Mumbai is perhaps unmatched anywhere in India. This diversity is hardly surprising given that Mumbai is a city built by migrants of all classes and creeds. Inevitably this is also reflected in its theatre practice. And Mumbai’s theatre history resonates with amazing stories. Show hosts Sunil Shanbag and Sharmistha Saha map Mumbai’s early theatre history from the first Bombay Theatre in 1776 to the flourishing Grant Road theatre district.Listen to Vishnudas Bhave talk about his first impressions of the European Grant Road Theatre in Bombay in 1853, and learn how he went on to lay the foundations for modern Marathi theatre. Watch a black-face minstrel act by the famous American performer Dave Carson! Going forward, see how Jyotiba Phule used folk forms like tamasha and powada to talk against caste discrimination. Trace the journey of Marathi Sangit Natak with Rahul Deshpande, the accomplished singer/actor, and its revival as a theatre form with Nipun Dharmadhikari one of our most talented young directors.

About TheatreNama – TheatreNama takes you on an intriguing journey into exciting facets of Mumbai’s rich theatre history, and to some of today’s finest performance makers to give you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the work. Replete with anecdotes, insights, memories, and performances, TheatreNama is a colourful patchwork of theatre stories, hosted by theatre director Sunil Shanbag.

8. Karl Marx in Kalbadevi

What – Performance
When – 25th October 2020

Presented by Ideas Unlimited

Starring Sachit Puranik

In this interactive performance ‘Karl Marx’ arrives to present-day Kalbadevi, Mumbai, India after 150 years of his death. He wants to clear his name of all false allegations against him as a ‘Marxist’. His observations on the politics, population and prevalent situation in India leave him flustered, reminiscing of Gandhi while he takes us through his life in Soho with his wife Jenny and his children- the ones who survived and those who didn’t. He insists that he isn’t here to entertain you and yet he uses all the tropes to keep you listening. Entertaining, informative, hard-hitting. It will comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

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