Welcome to the Children's Workshops at BPF 2017! We have 6 workshops this time. They are all FREE but registrations are MANDATORY.
Children's Workshops on Saturday, 5th Aug 2017.
1) Time: 10.30 -11.30 AM - Riddles in Verse | Facilitator: Ankit Chaddha | Age: 8+
Description: There are riddles in visuals, there are riddles in actions, and then there are riddles in verse. Like this one here.
Deh na dekhi, naram kahaaye
Buraa lagay aur hansi bhi aaye
(Invisible, but they call it tender
Feels bad, but it evokes laughter)
Ankit Chadha, the author of Amir Khusrau - The Man in Riddles, invites children with their elders to play along. Khusrau, the great poet of the 13th century, made songs out of the banalest experiences of life. Come, sing along these riddles that have been sung for the last 700 years.
Bio: Ankit Chadha, a writer, researcher, and storyteller, specializes in weaving new narratives for Dastangoi. His writing varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir and Majaaz; to modern folk tales on nomadic pastoralism and the Internet. He has spoken on Dastans at universities including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Additionally, Ankit has innovated the form of 'musical narrative' that uniquely brings together stories and music. Apart from performing the Urdu adaptations of children's classics including Alice and The Little Prince, he has authored two books for children.
2) Time: 11.30 to 1 PM - Discover The Poet In You | Facilitator: Ameen Haque | Age: 9-14 years.
Description: Who says children cannot be poets or that poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea? Come and listen to poetry written for children. And get started on your journey as a poet. Write some poems. Share with others. And listen to theirs. Come with a blank page, open mind and discover the poet within you.
Bio: Ameen Haque is a storyteller, poet, and a story coach. Founder of Storywallahs, he helps children, teachers and business leaders leverage the power of stories.
3) Time: 11.30 to 1 PM - Book your Treasure | Facilitator: Aparna Jaishankar | Age: 5+
Description: In this 90-minute session, children will be treated to a treasure hunt around the venue. Clues will be in the form of age appropriate riddles, cryptic messages and more. Groups will be formed based on the age of the participants.
Bio: Aparna Jaishankar is a qualified HR professional. At one point, she decided to give up the hustle and bustle of the corporate world. Her love for reading and her penchant for drama found her dabbling in many art forms. Storytelling in various formats is now her calling. She operates under her banner, ’kAhini - What’s your story?’ Aparna is also a freelance theater facilitator at Evam's Happy Cow.
4) Time: 1 pm to 2.30 pm - Performing poetry for children | Facilitator: Ajey Preetham | Age: 8+
Description: Children will be exposed and taken into the world of poems, through theater exercises, theater games, stories etc. The session will culminate in a performance by the children participants using a poem.
Bio: Ajey Preetham is a Trained children theater specialist and instructor by GRRIPS style of theater, Germany. He has worked as a theater drama/drama facilitator with multiple schools over the last decade. He has also performed in multiple stage performances and plays and worked under many well-known directors B V Karanth, Padmavathi Rao etc. Having directed innumerous plays he has also won many state awards in the field of theater by institutions like Rangasri Kala Samsthe, Karnataka Vachana Saahitya Parishattu etc.
5) Time: 4 pm to 5 pm - Chham, Chham, Chham - Folktales and Rhymes from India | Facilitator: Priya Muthukumar | Age: 5+
Description: Stories and rhymes make childhood more memorable. They bring in relatability and comfort in a child's mind. This session focusses on weaving tales and traditional Indian rhymes together, highlighting the cultural richness of the two. Introducing the current generation to the stories and rhymes which were popular in the previous generation is also the objective of this session. The stories narrated will make you think, laugh and learn a handful of words from different Indian languages. These Indian folk tales will bring one closer to the heritage of the region they come from. Not to forget the rhymes. There's a rhyme about the white moon, there's a rhyme about the cham, cham rains, there's something about the chuk, chuk trains too! Squirrels, monkeys, crows, and buffaloes. Also about the pappadams, dosas, and vegetables. Fun, rhythm, beats and intonation are all important when we sing or recite these Indian rhymes. We'll end the session with a few relevant games.
Bio: Priya Muthukumar is a performance-storyteller who has been telling stories in different cities. She is also an Educational Consultant working with several schools. After working in different fields, she feels that working with children has helped her in her self-discovery! Being a qualified student counselor, she also conducts storytelling sessions on various issues at schools and institutions. She has been conducting storytelling sessions in activity centers, community and public events like the Bangalore Literature Festival -2014 & 2016, Neralu- Tree Festival, Tsunamika Event (Auroville), The Alternative- Green Bazaar, Prayag- Delhi and the recent Sustainability Drinks-Bengaluru to name a few. She has been conducting workshops for educationists on various aspects of teaching, learning, and storytelling. Currently, she works closely with schools to bring story-based learning as part of their timetable. Through her storytelling initiative, Storipur, she has been using the ancient art of storytelling to connect people with Nature, make learning interesting, share thoughts and views on sustainability, social and environmental responsibilities. She writes sustainability-stories for the magazine, Down To Earth. She has also scripted plays for few groups. She has been featured as one of the innovators making a conscious living in the 52 Parindey series.
6) Time: 5 pm to 6 pm - Bhaktas of Bharatadesa - poets of Karnataka and their lives | Facilitator: Lavanya Prasad | Ages: 8+
Description: Bhaktas of Bharatadesa is a humble attempt to bring in the age old tradition of storytelling that prevailed in India long years back. Music and Movement, flourished during the earlier years and hence the artists ( storytellers here) incorporated them in their stories to bring more clarity and understanding, some argue the other way as well. The stories shared will be centered around the " poets of Karnataka" and their lives.
Bio: Lavanya Prasad is a Storyteller by profession and runs Tale’scope since March 2014, that works with children and adults using stories as a medium to connect. Lavanya believes that knowledge that is not shared goes wasted, and she aims at sharing what she knows through Tale’scope. Anything that enhances any experience is amazing, and for this very reason, Tale’scope’s sessions are always filled with music and movement, to suit the needs. Tale’scope works with children and adults and partners with anybody or any organization that would love to collaborate and enhance experiences through stories.