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1. Jio Saavn Podcast Week

What – Workshops and Discussions
When – 28th September 2020 onwards

Day 1 – Podcast 101 – A step by step guide on how to create your own podcast…from equipment, to scripts, to casting, to airing, and then finally, marketing your podcast.

Day 2 – Panel Discussion – Find out how the biggest names in Indian Podcasting found their audience, made them stick around, marketed, created growth strategies and monetised to have the following they do today. But what does the future have in store? Also Fireside Chat – How did India become a viable market for international podcast giants? Find out how Creators can cater to the content needs of a billion Indians that will soon be streaming podcasts.

2. Act 4 – Evam’s Online Acting Workshop

What – Workshop
When – 28th September – 4th October 2020

The workshop will cover the 4 Must-Haves for any actor – Body, Voice, Mind and Understanding the given circumstances. Designed by the directors of Evam entertainment along with Lakshmipriyaa Chandramouli of Sutta Kadhai, Salt Mango Tree, Angels fame, this is a week-long interactive workshop, conducted live on Zoom.

3. In The Round – #1 Fear, Funding And Freedom Of Expression: Artistic Freedom In 2020

What – Conversation
When – 29th September 2020

With Aditi Mangaldas (dancer, choreographer), Bose Krishnamachari (artist, curator), Purva Naresh (playwright, director) & Sambhaji Bhagat (activist, playwright, balladeer)
in conversation with Vinutha Mallya (journalist, editor)

In The Round is a series of conversations on creativity, culture and context organised by SMART: Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre in partnership with India Foundation for the Arts. The term ‘artistic freedom’ is often treated like an abstract concept. What does artistic freedom mean now, when many freedoms are under threat? This panel, with artists representing different forms, will review artistic freedom in relation to the process of creating and presenting art; the influence of supporters and collaborators on it; and the legal framework within which it is practised. We will also discuss the obligations of artists in exercising artistic freedom as well as the consequences while doing so. And ask, what support systems can artists count on? How can artists build stronger networks of solidarity?

4. The Colour of Loss

What – Digital Performance
When – 2nd and 4th October 2020

Based on ‘The White Book’ by Han Kang
Translated by Deborah Smith
Design & direction Mohit Takalkar
Performed by Mrinmayee Godbole, Ipshita, Manasi Bhawalkar, Dipti Mahadev
An Aasakta Production

From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the colour white. While on a writer’s residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. The White Book becomes a meditation on the colour white, as well as a fictional journey inspired by an older sister who died in her mother’s arms, a few hours old. The narrator grapples with the tragedy that has haunted her family, an event she colours in stark white–breast milk, swaddling bands, the baby’s rice cake-coloured skin–and, from here, visits all that glows in her memory: from a white dog to sugar cubes. As the writer reckons with the enormity of her sister’s death, Han Kang’s trademark frank and chilling prose is softened by retrospection, introspection, and a deep sense of resilience and love. The White Book-ultimately a letter from Kang to her sister-offers powerful philosophy and personal psychology on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.

5. Thespo Tapri: Cheeni Kum Stories Zyaada

What – Storytelling
When – 3rd October 2020
Where –

A selection of stories performed by young, emerging artists, curated especially for Thespo Tapri from over a 100 pieces from all across the country. These young storytellers innovate with the digital medium and share gripping stories, with a promise to keep you entertained. A Tapri is where people meet, chat, and discuss good and bad news and talk about their lives. Join Thespo Tapri and share stories from Lucknow, Pune, Latur, Delhi, Ujjain, Kolkata over chai (or whatever you prefer) as they take you on a journey of joy, heartbreak, struggle and love.

6. Teen Ishqiya Afsaane

What – Performed Reading of Ismat Chugtai’s stories
When – 3rd October 2020

The Cast – Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Heeba Shah
Produced by Motley

Ismat Chughtai never wrote a typical boy-meets-girl story or a tale of thwarted love ever. So, this title may seem a bit strange to those familiar with her work. The three stories are, in fact, love stories with a difference – of the imaginary, obsessive and unquestioningly devoted kind of love. The three stories being read are Hindustan Chhod Do (Quit India), a tragic tale of epic proportions, Nivala (The Morsel), a whimsical take on life in a big city and Jadein (Roots), about the unbreakable bond between a person and home. The evening, a zoom recording of an earlier live dramatised reading, is a fund raiser for India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) who celebrate 20 years of grant making this year.

7. One On One – India Special

What – Monologues
When – 3rd October 2020

The Cast – Rajit Kapur, Sumeet Vyas, Anu Menon, Anand Tiwari, Shikha Talsania, Vrajesh Hirjee, Mallika Singh, Siddhath Menon
Produced by Rage in aid of Concern India Foundation

One On One India Special is a unique theatrical evening, bringing together some of Bombay’s finest actors, written by some of India’s most talented playwrights and directed by some of our best-known directors. These monologues and duologues in English and Hindi address subjects as varied as marriage, Bollywood, inedible airline food, the politics of road naming ceremonies and the experience of trying to reach out and connect during the lockdown….stories of modern India that amuse, annoy and concern us all.

8. Antigone 24/7

What – Play
When – 3rd & 4th October 2020

Directed by Gerish Khemani
Original Text by Sophocles
Adaptation – Gerish Khemani, Kush Shah, Ira Sharma, Zayan Dholoo
The Cast  – Ira Sharma, Zayan Dholoo, Kush Shah, Jonina Fernandes, Theon Langrana

Pomegranate SWERVE presents, a play entirely reimagined by young adult actors and writers. What has Sophocles’ 500 BC tragic heroine, Antigone, been doing during the lockdown? She is beamed down to the present reimagined by young adult actors and writers (17-19 years). Bringing alive a universal text and setting it right in the middle of a lockdown, this Zoom play set in the city of Thebes, delves into the motivations of emperor Creon, his son Haemon torn between the love of his life and his father, the daughters of Oedipus determined to protect their family honour and finally Antigone herself, driven by a mission to overcome the odds. With a hauntingly original music score and an interactive audience experience, Antigone 24/7 is an immersive exploration of the ‘virtual’ possibilities of theatre.

9. Second Circle with Hetal Varia

What: Voice Workshop
When: Oct 3rd – 11th October 2020(weekends only)
Where: Offbeat Circuit

Through an interactive and experiential exploration of breath, body and sound this workshop offers entry points to knowing your voice as material. This will gradually move into freeing your natural voice and accessing your vocal presence. Hetal is a voice practitioner and coach who works globally with actors, drama schools and professional voice users. For further information contact

10. I Believe

What – Fundraising gala for # Art Matters
When – 4th October 2020

The artists performing include legends from the world of music, dance, comedy, poetry and theatre. The event is hosted by Manoj Bajpayee and Shabana Azmi. #Art Matters is an initiative by Teamwork.

The arts play a vital role in shaping communities and cultures, giving a voice to our stories. From the magnificent piece hanging on our walls to the intricately woven rugs in our living rooms and the delicately crafted earthen pots in our kitchens- art illustrates human experience. Traditional art forms and artisans are often celebrated in the proud declaration of India’s cultural diversity and experience economy. However, as the complete lockdown has brought every performance, festival and corporate occasion to a standstill, it has had an especially devastating effect on those who rely on regular incomes from these festivals, weddings, shows, exhibits at craft fairs, and various public gatherings. From folk musicians, dancers, visual artists and sculptors to the weavers, puppeteers, technical engineers, and designers, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a trying time for the arts community. #ArtMatters is an initiative to help create awareness about the new reality of various art communities across India, action change and develop support channels for them. As a part of the initiative, various donation channels have been set-up in order to provide immediate relief to artistes and their families. A small act of yours can help us raise sufficient funds and resources for them.

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