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Arvind
Sat, 23 Apr

We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

This review was for TOYO(Theatre on your own) .

We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

This review was for TOYO(Theatre on your own) .
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Shoonya is a space for the process of self–discovery. A space to take time to observe and sense ourselves from a new and fresh perspective through community classes and workshops for various art and somatic practices, performances, film screenings, discussion forums and more. Tai Chi, Reiki to live music & storytelling.

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Address

4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027

Recent Activity
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 19 Aug
Martiya presents their student showcase, tomorrow at Shoonya. A collection of dance pieces devised by creating characters out of the emotions we feel when we dance.

The Wild Unknown

Sunday, 20th August

6:30pm

Tickets on Bookmyshow: https://in.bookmyshow.com/bengaluru/events/the-wild-unknown/ET00060883

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 19 Aug
"Looking back at my years in school, I was never much of a textbook learner. Reading and writing alone didnt do much to help me retain information. The concepts that have stayed with me the most, and that I remember to date have been those that involved interactions and physically handling objects to understand how things work." - Niyati Upadhya, facilitator of the upcoming workshop for kids, echoing what is true for a lot of children.

Drawing Room invites children aged 7 - 10yrs for

Cut into Light, a workshop on light, shadows and colour

Sunday, 27 Aug

10am - 12pm

Rs 1000 (inclusive of material)

To register mail: niyati.upadhya@gmail.com or call: 9833294337

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 19 Aug
Curated by Nathalie Koger (Golden Pixel Cooperative), the program comprises the sreening of six short films, and reflects on notions of perception and physical sensation - in and through moving images. It focuses on acts of reframing, and of changing the perspective: by the filmmaker as well as the protagonists.

All filmmakers have emphasises the physicality of film, cinematography and editing, to approach the portrayed voices, to interfere with representation, to support the expression and to connect themselves with their subjects: form follows content, to create a grand montage.

|| Details ||

What: Film screenings and discussions

When: Sun | 27 Aug

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

For: Open to all

Fee: Free entry

|| Program ||

5.30pm - Introduction (Set I + Golden Pixel Copoerative)

5.40pm - 6.10pm - Film #1: Noema (30min) Golden Pixel

6.15pm - 6.35pm - Film #2: Master Chen Lives on 88 Lucky Street (20min)

6.35pm - 6.40pm - Q&A (Set I)

6.45pm - 6.50pm - Introduction (Set II)

6.50pm - 7.00pm - Film #3: Semra Ertan (7.5min)

7.05pm - 7.15pm - Film #4: Self (8 min)

7.15pm - 7.20pm - Q&A (Set II)

7.20pm - 7.35pm - Break

7.35pm - 7.40pm - Introduction (Set III)

7.40pm - 7.45pm - Film #5: The Pool (5min)

7.45pm - 8.25pm - Film #6: Entangled (37min)

8.25pm - 8.40pm - Q&A

|| Films ||

#1 Noema (29 min), 2014

Directed by: Christiana Perschon

Noema features audio-visual notes on an encounter with a 93-year-old painter, Tatjana, who is losing her eyesight. Her gestures were gently observed - the tips of her hair interfere with thoughts about the sense of time and a dreamlike reality. Moving images follow the painter's alignment relying more than ever on her experienced hand and imagination, and exploring sensory perception beyond "seeing".

#2 Master Chen lives on 88 Lucky Street (20 min), 2010

Directed by: Zero Lin / Ada Bligaard Soby

Master Chen has never seen his wife, his daughter, or the skyscrapers that surround his home in the middle of Shanghai. He is blind, and makes a living giving traditional Chinese massages to busy businessmen. Chen lost his eyesight in a fight during his rootless youth, and has not seen the colossal changes that China has gone through during the past 20 years. But he can feel them on the bodies of his clients, where his fingers can literally read the passing of time.

#3 Semra Ertan (collage, 7:30 min), 2013

Directed by: Cana Bilir-Meier

Semra Ertan was born in Turkey, 1956 and moved to her parents' to the federal republic of Germany in 1972. She worked as a construction draftswomen as well as an interpreter and wrote over 350 poems. 1982 Semra Ertan burnt herself in Hamburg to give a sign against xenophobia and racism in Germany.

#4 Self (video animation, 8 min), 2015

Directed by: Claudia Larcher

The skin is the body's largest sense organ: delicate and at the same time extremely robust. It has to fulfill various functions, from excretion to storage of nutrients. Although one hopes to shed it at a metaphorical level, it simultaneously serves as the bearer of our identity, which can be written on, marked, and changed. It is more than simply a shell, more than a border between inside and outside, it is the self, (not only) in Larcher s video. A laconic-analytical camera pan shows a close-up of it at the beginning: pores, fine hair, a mesh of blue veins that shine through the delicate membrane. In what follows, details yield a whole, and one seems to recognize neck, armpit, and upper arm. Suggested here is an interior that this skin stretches around. But suddenly there are "wrong" extensions, "impossible" elongations and overlaps. The border between inside and outside is successively dissolved and flows into a "liquefaction" of the image in whose blurriness, pink masses multiply and caverns protrude until the camera returns to the start again.

#5 The Pool (5 min), 2014

Directed by: Marlies Pschl

Three women inside an empty pool. Their minimalistic movement oscillates between meditation and resistance they are training in their fight with an invisible enemy. Who are these women? Are they training for a revolution? Who is their enemy? Who is their friend?

#6 Entangled (37 min), 2014

Directed by: Riccardo Giaconni

In quantum physics, if two particles interact in a certain way and then become separated, regardless how distant they are from each other they will share a state called quantum entanglement. That is, they will keep sharing information despite their separation. This theory used to upset Einstein. In his theory of relativity, no transmission of information could occur faster than the speed of light, therefore he couldnt understand how the two particles could be simultaneously connected. The film intertwines four interviews collected in Cali, Colombia. A tailor, a puppeteer, a parapsychologist and a physicist narrate certain episodes supposedly occurred in the city: the disappearance of a cow; a form of possession caused by a puppet; a paradox in quantum mechanics; the fall of a bus into a river due to a lion on the road. A latent entanglement between elements of the stories emerges, outlining possible examples of action at a distance.

||Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

Find us in the void

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoonyaSpace/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shoonyaspace/

Instamojo: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/?ref=offer_products

Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/BK5GpJe1VmR2

When it Starts to Glimmer - A Screening of Six Short Films
Curated by Nathalie Koger (@[1544497392460626:274:Golden Pixel Cooperative]), the program comprises the sreening of six short films, and reflects on notions of perception and physical sensation - in and through moving images. It focuses on acts of reframing, and of changing the perspective: by the filmmaker as well as the protagonists.

All filmmakers have emphasises the physicality of film, cinematography and editing, to approach the portrayed voices, to interfere with representation, to support the expression and to connect themselves with their subjects: form follows content, to create a grand montage.

|| Details ||

What: Film screenings and discussions

When: Sun | 27 Aug

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

For: Open to all

Fee: Free entry

|| Program ||

5.30pm - Introduction (Set I + Golden Pixel Copoerative)

5.40pm - 6.10pm - Film #1: Noema (30min) Golden Pixel

6.15pm - 6.35pm - Film #2: Master Chen Lives on 88 Lucky Street (20min)

6.35pm - 6.40pm - Q&A (Set I)

6.45pm - 6.50pm - Introduction (Set II)

6.50pm - 7.00pm - Film #3: Semra Ertan (7.5min)

7.05pm - 7.15pm - Film #4: Self (8 min)

7.15pm - 7.20pm - Q&A (Set II)

7.20pm - 7.35pm - Break

7.35pm - 7.40pm - Introduction (Set III)

7.40pm - 7.45pm - Film #5: The Pool (5min)

7.45pm - 8.25pm - Film #6: Entangled (37min)

8.25pm - 8.40pm - Q&A

|| Films ||

#1 Noema (29 min), 2014

Directed by: Christiana Perschon

Noema features audio-visual notes on an encounter with a 93-year-old painter, Tatjana, who is losing her eyesight. Her gestures were gently observed - the tips of her hair interfere with thoughts about the sense of time and a dreamlike reality. Moving images follow the painter's alignment relying more than ever on her experienced hand and imagination, and exploring sensory perception beyond "seeing".

#2 Master Chen lives on 88 Lucky Street (20 min), 2010

Directed by: Zero Lin / Ada Bligaard Soby

Master Chen has never seen his wife, his daughter, or the skyscrapers that surround his home in the middle of Shanghai. He is blind, and makes a living giving traditional Chinese massages to busy businessmen. Chen lost his eyesight in a fight during his rootless youth, and has not seen the colossal changes that China has gone through during the past 20 years. But he can feel them on the bodies of his clients, where his fingers can literally read the passing of time.

#3 Semra Ertan (collage, 7:30 min), 2013

Directed by: Cana Bilir-Meier

Semra Ertan was born in Turkey, 1956 and moved to her parents' to the federal republic of Germany in 1972. She worked as a construction draftswomen as well as an interpreter and wrote over 350 poems. 1982 Semra Ertan burnt herself in Hamburg to give a sign against xenophobia and racism in Germany.

#4 Self (video animation, 8 min), 2015

Directed by: Claudia Larcher

The skin is the body's largest sense organ: delicate and at the same time extremely robust. It has to fulfill various functions, from excretion to storage of nutrients. Although one hopes to shed it at a metaphorical level, it simultaneously serves as the bearer of our identity, which can be written on, marked, and changed. It is more than simply a shell, more than a border between inside and outside, it is the self, (not only) in Larcher s video. A laconic-analytical camera pan shows a close-up of it at the beginning: pores, fine hair, a mesh of blue veins that shine through the delicate membrane. In what follows, details yield a whole, and one seems to recognize neck, armpit, and upper arm. Suggested here is an interior that this skin stretches around. But suddenly there are "wrong" extensions, "impossible" elongations and overlaps. The border between inside and outside is successively dissolved and flows into a "liquefaction" of the image in whose blurriness, pink masses multiply and caverns protrude until the camera returns to the start again.

#5 The Pool (5 min), 2014

Directed by: Marlies Pschl

Three women inside an empty pool. Their minimalistic movement oscillates between meditation and resistance they are training in their fight with an invisible enemy. Who are these women? Are they training for a revolution? Who is their enemy? Who is their friend?

#6 Entangled (37 min), 2014

Directed by: Riccardo Giaconni

In quantum physics, if two particles interact in a certain way and then become separated, regardless how distant they are from each other they will share a state called quantum entanglement. That is, they will keep sharing information despite their separation. This theory used to upset Einstein. In his theory of relativity, no transmission of information could occur faster than the speed of light, therefore he couldnt understand how the two particles could be simultaneously connected. The film intertwines four interviews collected in Cali, Colombia. A tailor, a puppeteer, a parapsychologist and a physicist narrate certain episodes supposedly occurred in the city: the disappearance of a cow; a form of possession caused by a puppet; a paradox in quantum mechanics; the fall of a bus into a river due to a lion on the road. A latent entanglement between elements of the stories emerges, outlining possible examples of action at a distance.

||Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

Find us in the void

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoonyaSpace/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shoonyaspace/

Instamojo: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/?ref=offer_products

Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/BK5GpJe1VmR2

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 19 Aug
A performance that is an exploration of desire and loss. A performance inspired by themes and images from Tagore's short story, The Hungry Stones, and Faiz's poem, A Prison Evening.

A performance that imagines two archetypal beings, a man and a woman, living out their longings, their thirst, their moments of tenderness, their darkest nightmares - through stories of blood and fire, sword and muslin, flickering lamps and the darkness of dungeons, and the daily poetry of pots and pans, milk and paper bills, and toilet seats.

The Room of Absence and Lost Desires

25, 26 Aug

7pm

16 yrs and above are eligible

Buy your tickets here: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 19 Aug
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.

- Doris Lessing

Come and experience this kind of learning and understanding. An understanding of the known and familiar, but in a completely new way.

A Workshop in Gurdjieff Movements by Tabasheer Zutshi

22 - 24 Aug

6-9pm

Rs 3600 (50% discount available for students and professional artists. Please share student id scan/CV on info@shoonyaspace.com, to avail)

Images: An intimate group engaging in Gurdjieff movements, of which the facilitator of this workshop, Tabasheer Zutshi, was a part. Goa, 2013.

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Fri, 18 Aug
"I can't honestly say he was so interested in dance but he was interested in human transformation, and he saw that through dance, through movement, this was possible in very unique ways."

- James Tomarelli, Gurdjieff Dance Specialist, on "Who is Gurdjieff"

Join us for A Workshop in Gurdjieff Movements by Tabasheer Zutshi

22-24 Aug

6-9pm

Rs 3600 (50% discount available for students and professional artists. Send us your student id scan/CV to info@shoonyaspace.com to avail)

Who is Gurdjieff - part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lOcMNaaE40&t=10s

Who is Gurdjieff - part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbqnJvOmmsQ

Who is Gurdjieff Interview with James Tomarelli 1/2
An interview with James Tomarelli, Gurdjieff Dance Specialist, Vienna, 2003. http://www.gurdjieffdance.com/ the second part of this interview you find here: ...
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Thu, 17 Aug
"The idea of yoga is that your body becomes a possibility, not a barrier. If that has to happen, everything within your system should function with the least amount of resistance, with least amount of friction...

Surya Kriya is a phenomenal process in that direction. To bring smoothness to the system. The smoothness to the system within yourself will not come unless you're in sync with the larger system, which is the solar system, the larger body of who you are."

- Sadguru on Surya Kriya

Join us for Isha Surya Kriya + Surya Shakti - Lalbagh

Tues - Sat

22nd - 26th August

6:30 - 8:30am

Rs 2500

Limited seats

Register here: https://www.instamojo.com/asanamhathayoga/surya-kriya-surya-shakti/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wq-OiPk-pU

Surya Kriya - Fire Up The Sun Within | Isha Hata Yoga
Surya Kriya - Fire Up The Sun Within | Isha Hata Yoga Surya Kriya is a potent yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, designed as a holistic process for heal...
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Thu, 17 Aug
Prateek Kuhad - Unaccompanied.

Prateek Kuhad is kick starting the 2017 season with beautiful, intimate and exclusive sit-down solo concerts. And we are super stoked to be one of the only three venues across the country, chosen to host them.

It's a chance to get up close and personal with Prateek as he shares lots of new material on the piano and some old favourites thrown in for good measure. Curated by the good folks at Pagal Haina & Artist Originals with support from Big Bad Wolf, these will be very special concerts that you don't want to miss. We don't have to tell you that, do we?

#Delhi and #Mumbai shows are sold out!

Bangalore folks, only a few tickets left. Buy them here: https://goo.gl/bhD2iL

Artwork: The Awkward Freelancer

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Wed, 16 Aug
Of Labour, Land and Loss | Thu, 17th Aug | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

India is an agrarian society, they say. Since 1995, there have been over 40,000 documented farmer suicides in India.

Filled with appalling facts about Indian agriculture, Neros Guests is a story about countless livelihoods and lives. Its a story about rural India. A story about farming. Directed by Deepa Bhatia, the film is narrated by P. Sainath, writer, journalist and founder editor of the Peoples Archive of Rural India.

The film screening will be followed by a 40-min discussion. This meetup is organised by Looking Glass, in partnership with Khula Manch and Shoonya.

Open to all | Free entry | RSVP mandatory> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSds07lQtxCOWSfbSWJ-7rkLA84_6X6x3BXmcoWvhxFXNsu08Q/viewform |

Seats limited and on a first-come basis

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Mon, 14 Aug
Only 4 spots left!

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This is a chance for you to explore touch, movement, intimacy, perception, gender through the guided hands of Choreographer Diya Naidu @diyanise.

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15th August

10:00am - 4:30pm

Rs 1200

Register on instamojo

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 12 Aug
Bangalore's World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program sponsors a monthly curated talk called Speaking of the City at Shoonya. Writers, artists, journalists, scholars, architects, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, geographers, activists or anyone who has worked on Bangalore will be invited to speak of this city we all inhabit. These lectures are about Bangalore and will be in English. They will be 40 minutes long, followed by a discussion of 40 mins.

The first talk in July 2017, when Mr. Ramachandra Guha talked about his career as a writer, was a thrilling event that drew so much audience that the hall was packed to the rafters. The honourable speaker for the month of August is Vivek Shanbhag, who will be in conversation with Zac O'Yeah.

|| Details ||

When: Sunday, 27 August

Time: 3:00pm onward

Duration: 40 mins (talk) followed by a discussion of 40mins

Venue: Shoonya, Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, LAlbagh Road

Language: English

For: Open to all

Fee: Free entry

Note:

> The talk will start sharp at 3:00pm. Please be seated by 2:30pm sharp

> Seating will be available on a first-come basis, though 25 seats in the front rows will be reserved for bona fide students, faculty and alumni of Bangalore's World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program

|| Speaker - Vivek Shanbhag ||

Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada and has emerged as one of the most interesting voices of the language. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies. Viveks stories have been translated into English and other Indian languages. Viveks writing has appeared in Granta, Seminar, Indian Literature and Out of Print, and many of his stories have been adapted for the stage, and one of them Nirvana has been made into a film.

His critically acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar was published in 2015 in English translation and was hailed by critics in both the UK and the US. The bestselling Ghachar Ghochar will soon appear in 14 other languages. He has also co-translated U R Ananthamurthys book Hindutva or Hind Swaraj into English. For seven years from 2005 to 2012, he published and edited the celebrated literary journal Desha Kaala, and subsequently he was a 2016 resident at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. An engineer by training, Vivek lives in Bangalore.

|| Moderator - Zac O'Yeah ||

The talk will be moderated by Zac OYeah. Zac has a diploma in creative writing from the University of Gothenburg and studied linguistics and theatre science at the University of Stockholm. He has published 13 books including several fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and his travel writings have appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Traveller, Outlook Traveller, RES and Vagabond, and also been included in many anthologies. All in all he has written for more than 75 different publications including The Hindu and BusinessLine, Times of India, Indian Express, New Indian Express, Forbes, GQ, and too many others. His writings have been translated into German, French, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Chinese and Kannada. He is one of the founders of Bangalores World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program, the first semi-professional writing school in India. His most recent novel is Hari, a Hero for Hire. Forthcoming in 2017 are the novel Tropical Detective and the nonfiction book A Walk in Barygaza.

Speaking of the City w/ Vivek Shanbhag
Bangalore's World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program sponsors a monthly curated talk called Speaking of the City at Shoonya. Writers, artists, journalists, scholars, architects, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, geographers, activists or anyone who has worked on Bangalore will be invited to speak of this city we all inhabit. These lectures are about Bangalore and will be in English. They will be 40 minutes long, followed by a discussion of 40 mins.

The first talk in July 2017, when Mr. Ramachandra Guha talked about his career as a writer, was a thrilling event that drew so much audience that the hall was packed to the rafters. The honourable speaker for the month of August is Vivek Shanbhag, who will be in conversation with Zac O'Yeah.

|| Details ||

When: Sunday, 27 August

Time: 3:00pm onward

Duration: 40 mins (talk) followed by a discussion of 40mins

Venue: Shoonya, Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, LAlbagh Road

Language: English

For: Open to all

Fee: Free entry

Note:

> The talk will start sharp at 3:00pm. Please be seated by 2:30pm sharp

> Seating will be available on a first-come basis, though 25 seats in the front rows will be reserved for bona fide students, faculty and alumni of Bangalore's World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program

|| Speaker - Vivek Shanbhag ||

Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada and has emerged as one of the most interesting voices of the language. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies. Viveks stories have been translated into English and other Indian languages. Viveks writing has appeared in Granta, Seminar, Indian Literature and Out of Print, and many of his stories have been adapted for the stage, and one of them Nirvana has been made into a film.

His critically acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar was published in 2015 in English translation and was hailed by critics in both the UK and the US. The bestselling Ghachar Ghochar will soon appear in 14 other languages. He has also co-translated U R Ananthamurthys book Hindutva or Hind Swaraj into English. For seven years from 2005 to 2012, he published and edited the celebrated literary journal Desha Kaala, and subsequently he was a 2016 resident at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. An engineer by training, Vivek lives in Bangalore.

|| Moderator - Zac O'Yeah ||

The talk will be moderated by Zac OYeah. Zac has a diploma in creative writing from the University of Gothenburg and studied linguistics and theatre science at the University of Stockholm. He has published 13 books including several fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and his travel writings have appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Traveller, Outlook Traveller, RES and Vagabond, and also been included in many anthologies. All in all he has written for more than 75 different publications including The Hindu and BusinessLine, Times of India, Indian Express, New Indian Express, Forbes, GQ, and too many others. His writings have been translated into German, French, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Chinese and Kannada. He is one of the founders of Bangalores World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program, the first semi-professional writing school in India. His most recent novel is Hari, a Hero for Hire. Forthcoming in 2017 are the novel Tropical Detective and the nonfiction book A Walk in Barygaza.

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Fri, 11 Aug
"What you don't see backstage is what really controls the show." - Sarah Sutton

This 9-hour intensive, spread over three days, intends to take its participants through the nitty gritties of the work involved in the management of a dance production. The class includes theoretical sessions and group activities to acquaint participants with how dance productions of different scales can be efficiently managed.

The sessions provide a detailed and focused description of the professional skills that a successful dance concert or dance organisation is likely to rely on.

|| Details ||

When: Tues - Thur | 29-31st Aug

Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

For: Aimed at students, dancers and event managers.

Fee: Rs 5000 (50% discount available for professional artists). To avail, send us your CV at info@shoonyaspace.com, with a clear subject that states you want to enrol for this workshop.

|| Facilitator ||

Dancer, arts manager and curator, Masoom Parmar hails from a family of musicians. He started training in Bharatanatyam at the tender age of six and gained a Visharada degree in the dance form from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

M, with his linguist and interpersonal skills, has an uncanny ability to track down and build amiable professional relationships with dancers and art connoisseurs.

He has gained expertise as an arts manager through his four years of association with the Nritarutya - Contemporary Indian Dance Company led by Mayuri Upadhya. He has been instrumental in production of events such as 'Madhushala' for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday celebrations; 'Madhur Milan' for Smt. Kokilaben Ambani's 80th birthday celebrations; 'Make in India - Opening Ceremony' at Hanover Messe, Germany and Mumbai; The Dewarists Season 3 Finale; Bollywood movie Mirzya directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; 'Mughal-E-Azam: Live Musical Play' directed by Feroz Abbas Khan; the NH7 festival with the The Raghu Dixit Project; and the Serendipity Arts Festival.

M currently manages productions while pursuing his passion for dance through teaching, choreographing and performing.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road, Shoonya is a non-profit, established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with a whole lot of love, joy and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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Dance Production Management w/ Masoom Parmar
"What you don't see backstage is what really controls the show." - Sarah Sutton

This 9-hour intensive, spread over three days, intends to take its participants through the nitty gritties of the work involved in the management of a dance production. The class includes theoretical sessions and group activities to acquaint participants with how dance productions of different scales can be efficiently managed.

The sessions provide a detailed and focused description of the professional skills that a successful dance concert or dance organisation is likely to rely on.

|| Details ||

When: Tues - Thur | 29-31st Aug

Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

For: Aimed at students, dancers and event managers.

Fee: Rs 5000 (50% discount available for professional artists). To avail, send us your CV at info@shoonyaspace.com, with a clear subject that states you want to enrol for this workshop.

|| Facilitator ||

Dancer, arts manager and curator, @[795839252:2048:Masoom Parmar] hails from a family of musicians. He started training in Bharatanatyam at the tender age of six and gained a Visharada degree in the dance form from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

M, with his linguist and interpersonal skills, has an uncanny ability to track down and build amiable professional relationships with dancers and art connoisseurs.

He has gained expertise as an arts manager through his four years of association with the @[56024209269:274:Nritarutya - Contemporary Indian Dance Company] led by Mayuri Upadhya. He has been instrumental in production of events such as 'Madhushala' for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday celebrations; 'Madhur Milan' for Smt. Kokilaben Ambani's 80th birthday celebrations; 'Make in India - Opening Ceremony' at Hanover Messe, Germany and Mumbai; @[233330490067757:274:The Dewarists] Season 3 Finale; Bollywood movie Mirzya directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; 'Mughal-E-Azam: Live Musical Play' directed by Feroz Abbas Khan; the NH7 festival with the @[22220507136:274:The Raghu Dixit Project]; and the @[1282696035091024:274:Serendipity Arts Festival].

M currently manages productions while pursuing his passion for dance through teaching, choreographing and performing.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road, Shoonya is a non-profit, established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with a whole lot of love, joy and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Fri, 11 Aug
It always starts with innocence, the fools road, demanding the courage to take risks, to experiment with the unknown. - Dr.Edith Wallace

Our movements (in the world) are composed of a set of typical or recurrent postures. We walk in a certain way, talk in a certain way, and sit in a certain way. These ways are finite and limited. Most peoples movement exhibits considerable waste of energy.

Gurdjieff had a firm grasp of an abstract method that was not based on belief but on the living action of deep inquiry. He is widely recognised as being pretty unique in disdaining belief and advocating an empirical approach, find out for yourself or self-validation as it were.

One of the most valuable products of Gurdjieff's teaching consists of a series of 'movements' (sometimes called 'sacred gymnastics'), and accompanying music particular to each dance. The movements were created and intended to transmit the teachings entirely through dance. They can enter into our bodies as sensation and liberate insight through feeling. To get into sensation requires the suspension of the ingrained 'body-image' we have that overlays the body's own consciousness.

The movements are a means of teaching our three major centers to work together the intellect, the emotion and the moving body.

The movements consist of abstract gestures and positions that have mathematical precision. However, the deeper emphasis in movements is on inner work that develops in time. Music has a vital role to play in transmitting these teachings. Each movement has a piece of music especially composed for it in order to facilitate the desired effect on the practitioner. The true function of music has absolutely nothing to do with "accompaniment" but is a living part of the inner work that takes place in the classes.

|| Details ||

What: An introductory-level workshop to Gurdjieff's Movements for all.

When: Tue - Thu | 22 - 24 Aug

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

For: Open to all (open to past participants as well - Tabasheer will be exploring new facets of the work)

Fee: Rs 3600

Note: 50% discount available for students and professional artists | Send us your cv / student id scan to info@shoonyaspace.com, to avail)

For any enquiries, please call Tabasheer at 9820391883

|| Facilitator ||

Tabasheer Zutshi began her journey with the Work in 2001 in Delhi when circumstances brought her to visit a psychotherapist, Akash Dharmaraj. Akash had recently set up a Fourth Way school called Akhaldans. There, Tabasheer was introduced to Gurdjieffs dances and movements for the first time. Over the next decade her practice deepened and she also participated in a number of public movement demonstrations. Parallel to her inquiry of the Fourth Way, she began learning Transactional Analysis as a means to complement her practice from a more psychological perspective.

As her study intensified she trained with other senior practitioners of the work from the J.G. Bennet Lineage. Bennet was a direct student of Gurdjieff and one of the few who carried his work forward after his death. Later, under the guidance of her teacher she was trained and nominated a teacher of the movements. Tabasheer now explores Gurdjieffs teachings from the perspective of the 21st century, and its relevance today.

Born in Bombay in 1975, Tabasheer Zutshi graduated in Ancient Indian Culture from St. Xaviers College, Bombay and later studied painting at The Delhi College of Art. Professionally she is a Production and Costume designer. She has worked on award-winning Independent films. Her work extends to theatre, site-specific installation and performance art. Her artist collaborations as costume designer and art director have been part of art and theatre festivals such as the YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE, Kunst Festival des arts (Brussels), National School of Drama theatre festival (New Delhi), and at the Baroda Palace. She has collaborated with experimental sound artists in site-specific installations.

She views environments as possessing a metaphysical quality that impacts the viewers perception of the narrative and characters. She experiments with the minutiae of everyday life and found objects to bring an emotional and sensorial response to her work.

Currently she lives in Bangalore and is an almost full-time gardener.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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A Workshop in Gurdjieff Movements by Tabasheer Zutshi
It always starts with innocence, the fools road, demanding the courage to take risks, to experiment with the unknown. - Dr.Edith Wallace

Our movements (in the world) are composed of a set of typical or recurrent postures. We walk in a certain way, talk in a certain way, and sit in a certain way. These ways are finite and limited. Most peoples movement exhibits considerable waste of energy.

Gurdjieff had a firm grasp of an abstract method that was not based on belief but on the living action of deep inquiry. He is widely recognised as being pretty unique in disdaining belief and advocating an empirical approach, find out for yourself or self-validation as it were.

One of the most valuable products of Gurdjieff's teaching consists of a series of 'movements' (sometimes called 'sacred gymnastics'), and accompanying music particular to each dance. The movements were created and intended to transmit the teachings entirely through dance. They can enter into our bodies as sensation and liberate insight through feeling. To get into sensation requires the suspension of the ingrained 'body-image' we have that overlays the body's own consciousness.

The movements are a means of teaching our three major centers to work together the intellect, the emotion and the moving body.

The movements consist of abstract gestures and positions that have mathematical precision. However, the deeper emphasis in movements is on inner work that develops in time. Music has a vital role to play in transmitting these teachings. Each movement has a piece of music especially composed for it in order to facilitate the desired effect on the practitioner. The true function of music has absolutely nothing to do with "accompaniment" but is a living part of the inner work that takes place in the classes.

|| Details ||

What: An introductory-level workshop to Gurdjieff's Movements for all.

When: Tue - Thu | 22 - 24 Aug

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

For: Open to all (open to past participants as well - Tabasheer will be exploring new facets of the work)

Fee: Rs 3600

Note: 50% discount available for students and professional artists | Send us your cv / student id scan to info@shoonyaspace.com, to avail)

For any enquiries, please call Tabasheer at 9820391883

|| Facilitator ||

@[633536656:2048:Tabasheer Zutshi] began her journey with the Work in 2001 in Delhi when circumstances brought her to visit a psychotherapist, Akash Dharmaraj. Akash had recently set up a Fourth Way school called Akhaldans. There, Tabasheer was introduced to Gurdjieffs dances and movements for the first time. Over the next decade her practice deepened and she also participated in a number of public movement demonstrations. Parallel to her inquiry of the Fourth Way, she began learning Transactional Analysis as a means to complement her practice from a more psychological perspective.

As her study intensified she trained with other senior practitioners of the work from the J.G. Bennet Lineage. Bennet was a direct student of Gurdjieff and one of the few who carried his work forward after his death. Later, under the guidance of her teacher she was trained and nominated a teacher of the movements. Tabasheer now explores Gurdjieffs teachings from the perspective of the 21st century, and its relevance today.

Born in Bombay in 1975, Tabasheer Zutshi graduated in Ancient Indian Culture from St. Xaviers College, Bombay and later studied painting at The Delhi College of Art. Professionally she is a Production and Costume designer. She has worked on award-winning Independent films. Her work extends to theatre, site-specific installation and performance art. Her artist collaborations as costume designer and art director have been part of art and theatre festivals such as the @[109833605775350:274:YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE], Kunst Festival des arts (Brussels), National School of Drama theatre festival (New Delhi), and at the Baroda Palace. She has collaborated with experimental sound artists in site-specific installations.

She views environments as possessing a metaphysical quality that impacts the viewers perception of the narrative and characters. She experiments with the minutiae of everyday life and found objects to bring an emotional and sensorial response to her work.

Currently she lives in Bangalore and is an almost full-time gardener.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Thu, 10 Aug
The Music of Padagu | The Trunk and the Nose

A concert and a play

Concert - The Music of Padagu comprises some songs that are original compositions that evolved beautifully during the making of the play, Padagu, while others are hugely inspired by folk songs.

Play - The Trunk and The Nose is a play about three storystellers - Kachra, Keechad and Parappa, who meet in a storm and travel to see the whole world together.

Two shows each

12th and 13th August

Rs 250 for individual shows | Rs 400 for both

Buy tickets on Instamojo: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/?ref=profile_bar

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Wed, 09 Aug
The view from Shoonya's lounge outside the studio.

Sometimes we have conversation over coffee after an event; or look out into the distance post sunset; or even have a nice morning stretch like most of the dancers everyday. Sometimes the rain visits, and the monsoon breeze makes it all worthwhile.

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Mon, 07 Aug
Last month we had a mesmerising show about the sensation of touch and what emotions it stirs in different people. We watched six incredible movers take us through a journey of invoking contact in various forms. Each tiny action had its own interpretation across all bodies and minds. And now, Diya Naidu, the choreographer of Rorschach Touch will be conducting a workshop at Shoonya! We present 'Rorschach Touch - The Workshop,' on the 15th of August from 10:00am to 4:30pm. A moving learning experience for ANYONE who wants to explore new realms. See you there!
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Mon, 07 Aug
This weekend at Shoonya we have The Music Of Padagu (6:00 to 7:00) and The Trunk And The Nose (7:30 to 8:40) on the 12th and 13th of August. Come and be a part of this rich experience. Tickets at 250 for one, and 400 for both. Make a day of it and join us!
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sun, 06 Aug
Image Copyright Ankit Banerjee.
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Sat, 05 Aug
Learn to Sing Kabir Folk Songs w/ Vipul Rikhi, tomorrow, at Shoonya. Equal parts music, wisdom and mysticism, come and experience a sense of peace, togetherness and joy that must mark most Sundays, if not all.

3:30pm - 6:00pm

Free entry

RSVP mandatory, here: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/bangalore/c5e101c48de1f3e0ec193e50c705b230

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqcMp0v2w0Q

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Fri, 04 Aug
|| The Music of Padagu ||

The concert is a tribute to all the songs that have helped shape Lights Off Production's play, Padagu. Some of the songs are original compositions that have evolved beautifully during their improvisations while others are hugely inspired by folk songs. The concert premiered at the Fte de la Musique organized by Alliance Franaise de Bangalore in June, 2017. This is their fifth show.

12 and 13 August

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Rs 250

Buy tickets here: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/the-music-of-padagu/

|| The Trunk and the Nose ||

The Trunk and The Nose is a play about three storystellers - Kachra, Keechad and Parappa, who meet in a storm and travel to see the whole world together. They see a world filled with stories and the world that comes alive when they tell their stories. Making the story more intriguing are Lily and Musk. Come find out who they are. The play premiered on April 22, 2017 at The Atelier Experiences. This is the third showing of the play.

12 and 13 August

7:30pm - 8:40pm

Rs 250

Buy tickets here: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/the-trunk-and-the-nose/?ref=store

|| Details ||

When: Sat and Sun | 12 and 13 August

Time: The music of Padagu - 6:00pm - 7:00pm | The Trunk and the Nose - 7:30pm - 8:40pm

Ticket: Individual shows - Rs 250 | Both shows - Rs 400

|| Lights Off Productions ||

At Lights Off Production, they believe in stories. They believe stories connect people and enrich our lives. In their work, they engage with diverse people to address complex questions through their stories, and share them through their plays and films.

Their plays have been staged across venues including Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Alliance Francaise Bangalore, Indianostrum Theatre (Pondicherry) and Spaces (Chennai). We performed 'Lights Out!', an adaptation of the play by Manjula Padmanabhan at Kala Ghoda Festival and 'Closer', an adaptation of Patrick Marber's play at Deccan Herald Theatre Festival.

Their short film 'Little Less Something' was screened at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as part of their Gender Studies program and at Queer Film Festival in Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai. Their feature film 'Joint Trip' was screened in the Film Bazaar at IFFI, Goa.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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The Music of Padagu | The Trunk and The Nose
|| The Music of Padagu ||

The concert is a tribute to all the songs that have helped shape @[589047461199523:274:Lights Off Production]'s play, Padagu. Some of the songs are original compositions that have evolved beautifully during their improvisations while others are hugely inspired by folk songs. The concert premiered at the Fte de la Musique organized by @[122268459855:274:Alliance Franaise de Bangalore] in June, 2017. This is their fifth show.

12 and 13 August

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Rs 250

Buy tickets here: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/the-music-of-padagu/

|| The Trunk and the Nose ||

The Trunk and The Nose is a play about three storystellers - Kachra, Keechad and Parappa, who meet in a storm and travel to see the whole world together. They see a world filled with stories and the world that comes alive when they tell their stories. Making the story more intriguing are Lily and Musk. Come find out who they are. The play premiered on April 22, 2017 at @[1784258268510826:274:The Atelier Experiences]. This is the third showing of the play.

12 and 13 August

7:30pm - 8:40pm

Rs 250

Buy tickets here: https://www.instamojo.com/shoonya/the-trunk-and-the-nose/?ref=store

|| Details ||

When: Sat and Sun | 12 and 13 August

Time: The music of Padagu - 6:00pm - 7:00pm | The Trunk and the Nose - 7:30pm - 8:40pm

Ticket: Individual shows - Rs 250 | Both shows - Rs 400

|| Lights Off Productions ||

At @[589047461199523:274:Lights Off Production], they believe in stories. They believe stories connect people and enrich our lives. In their work, they engage with diverse people to address complex questions through their stories, and share them through their plays and films.

Their plays have been staged across venues including Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Alliance Francaise Bangalore, Indianostrum Theatre (Pondicherry) and Spaces (Chennai). We performed 'Lights Out!', an adaptation of the play by Manjula Padmanabhan at Kala Ghoda Festival and 'Closer', an adaptation of @[104064632962776:274:Patrick Marber]'s play at Deccan Herald Theatre Festival.

Their short film 'Little Less Something' was screened at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as part of their Gender Studies program and at Queer Film Festival in Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai. Their feature film 'Joint Trip' was screened in the Film Bazaar at IFFI, Goa.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road - Shoonya is a non-profit, which was established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully - with love, joy, care and warmth.

Email: info@shoonyaspace.com

Phone: +91 77608 32226

Find us in the void

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