Welcome to another edition of the Soulful Events newsletter! We bring you activities and events that nourish your soul.
Candlelight India A Tribute to A R Rahman - Fri, 5th Jan'24
Candlelight India is a one of a kind immersive concert experience. It is curated to evoke a sense of wonder in concert goers by taking you on a magical journey where music and ambience converge to create an unforgettable atmosphere. We aspire to mesmerize our audience through an evening filled with surreal melodies paying homage to legendary and popular artists, performed by exceptionally talented musicians.
Hara-Kol Concerts - Jugalbandhi Series - Sat, 6th Jan'24
The Hara-Kol Concerts—Jugal Bandhi series creates a unique ambience for the audience to experience music in its natural form. The ensemble of legendary artists on stage creates rare combinations and unique renditions that help promote and preserve the art form.
Ishq Sufiyana (Sufi Night) - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Start your New Year embarking on a mystical journey with "Ishq Sufiyana" : An Enchanting Evening Dedicated to Sufi Songs and Soulful Melodies Drenched In Love. Join Lahe Lahe for a Mehfil where the divine and the earthly converge; creating an atmosphere of serenity and soulful resonance. Performed by Aditya Sharma, Vidhit & Shobith.
Sirf Bappi - Sat, 6th Jan'24
The Legendary Singer, Composer & Record Producer who popularized the use of synthesized Disco Music and sang some of his own compositions in the 80s and 90s, are trendy even today. Not only in Hindi, Bappi Da delivered Super Hits in Bengali, Telugu & Kannada too. Imagine how it will be when you listen to Amazing Artistes like Ankita Kundu, Tarun Gupta, Divya Raghavan, Mohan Krishna, Anitha Bhat, Rajesh Makhecha, Raja Rath, Kunal, Vani & Ami, render Bappi Da's mellifluous compositions. Be with them to let your soul sing to Bappi Da's haunting melodies along with you shaking a leg to his distinctive Disco Numbers.
Many Things - Mon, 8th Jan'24
Many Things is a cross genre instrumental trio from Chennai, India consisting of Maarten Visser on saxophone, Aravind Murali on bass, and Manukrishnan on drums. They combine a variety of musical styles such as jazz, rock, classical and funk and delicately tread the fine line between composition and improvisation. Their innovative music takes the listener on a journey, with unexpected twists and turns.
Ek Mehfil Sufi Nights Ft. Beats of Rajasthan - Wed, 10th Jan'24
Beats of Rajasthan invites you to a captivating experience, guaranteeing an evening of enchantment and fascination at Tudum.
Blend - Thu, 4th Jan'24
Blend is a performance showcase of Bharatanatyam artists, who have created unique choreographic works on topics relevant today.
Apsaraa - Beyond her dance - Fri, 5th Jan'24
Apsaraa is an ode to the divine femininity, that has created historical impact and facilitated the dharmic evolution of humankind. This dance is an obeisance to the Apsaraas who changed the course of fate with the knowing subtle look of their eyes! The production weaves together the lives of five Apsaraas creating a vivid imagery of heavenly grandeur while also highlighting the struggles and achievements that come with responsibility.
Magic Bow - Wed, 10th Jan'24
Magic Bow presents Vidwan Lalgudi Jayaraman’s dance compositions as the composer himself had visualised them. Each musical piece reclaims the visual scenario as imagined by the composer – written/ designed by Gowri Ramnarayan and choreographed by Sheejith Krishna. For example, the jatiswaram narrates the story of a couple setting out to sea, facing a storm, getting shipwrecked on an unknown island, and being dramatically rescued. Similar episodes are showcased in the varnam and tillana. The performance also offers a specially created segment depicting the composer’s childhood experiences in his native village – the source of his inspiration. This ends in the temple with a devadasi performing a kriti composed by saint Tyagaraja when he visited the village as the guest of his disciple Jayaraman’s great grandfather.
Listener's Circle - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Listener's Circle in association with Lahe Lahe presents you ‘Tell your story’!! Speak your heart out without fear of judgment and listen without judging! Every story matters. Every life matters. Every feeling matters. But do we share our stories, struggles, and experiences with others openly? What stops us? Isn't it the fear of judgment? And how often we listen to others patiently without judging them? Think about how it would feel to take an hour out of your fast-paced life and tell your story to people who listen to you without judging? Also, listen to the stories of others without judging.
Sunday Book Club - Sun, 7th Jan'24
When was the last time you read a good book and went on an adventure, learned something new, exercised your brain, and fed your curiosities? This is the space to connect and socialise with people and share the learnings from the books you have read or created an impact. If you are looking to read more books and also need help reading or finding new books, this is the event for you, they have newbies or avid readers in their community. Fiction and non fiction readers are both welcome to come and have a conversation about the current book you are reading or trying to find what you want to read.
Poetry Circle - Share Your Verse - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Step into a world where emotions don the frailty of January dreams. Join Anushri Nanavati, the poetic mind behind ‘Birds, Bones, & Melancholia,’ at Atta Galatta for ‘Poetry Circle – Share Your Verse.’ Let your words become skin as you explore the liquid, sensual realms of emotion. An intimate gathering where poetry meets passion.
Saaz : A musical Evening - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Welcome to an evening of music! Come along as Lahe Lahe hosts 2 amazing singers/ bands from Bangalore and get mesmerized with their music! Each performer/ band performs their music, shares their experience of how they got into music, shares their inspirations and gets candid. The audience gets to interact, questions and more. That’s not all. They will also have an open mic. 3 minutes. You. Your music. A receptive audience.
Ruhaniyat - Sun, 7th Jan'24
The Draft Page is a platform where you can bring out your creative side. It is an Open platform for a community of writers, poets,singers and other artists coming together to promote art & culture.
Sweston Collective - Sun, 7th Jan'24
This is an acoustic pop set where they will be performing songs from nirvana to radiohead etc. The stage members would be limited. The motive of the gig is to pull young audiences to attend a western performance.
Harry Potter Discussion (Storytelling) - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Step into the enchanting world of wizards, magical creatures, and spellbinding adventures at Lahe Lahe's Harry Potter Discussion Event. Whether you're a seasoned Hogwarts alumnus or a first-year Muggle, join for an evening of immersive discussions, trivia, and communal celebration of the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.
Personal Development & Soul Nourishment
Philosophy of Yoga - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Get ready to embark on a soulful exploration of yoga’s philosophy! Join Gowri Murthy for an engaging session where you delve into the essence of yoga, discussing its principles, the significance of breathwork, and the transformative power of meditation. Uncover the ‘why’ behind this ancient practice and embrace the holistic approach to wellness!
Dances of Universal Peace - Sat, 6th Jan'24 & Sun, 7th Jan'24
Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) is a simple yet powerful movement practice where we come together in a sacred circle and sing songs from different spiritual traditions across the world, all while moving in meditative steps. In simple words, we sing, dance and pray for peace within ourselves and for the world. The Dances are for everyone, easy to learn, easy to sing and easiest to feel. Come and join them!
Nature Chakra Fusion : Meditation Workshop - Sat, 6th Jan'24 & Sun, 7th Jan'24
Join for an immersive and transformative meditation experience that harmoniously blends the serene energy of nature with the ancient wisdom of chakra balancing. In this upcoming workshop, you are invited to delve deep into the essence of your being, cultivating a profound connection with the natural world and aligning your inner energy centers.
Creative Journaling Masterclass - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Dive into heybrewty's Creative Journaling Masterclass and create your own unique journal from scratch. Learn how journaling can boost clarity, set intentions and craft your path for the year ahead.
Sound Therapy - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Immerse yourself in a soothing blend of yoga nidra, harmonious sound therapy, and insightful tarot cards for an evening of relaxation and intention setting. Experience the power of gentle vibrations, deep relaxation, and intuitive guidance to set your intentions for a mindful journey ahead. Join Prachi Garg for a serene, introspective session to align your energies and set positive intentions.
Yoga Workshop - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Embark on a serene journey within as you harmonize mind and body in this upcoming yoga session! Join Pallavi Kanak (12 years of experience, certified trainer from The Yoga Institute of Mumbai, Formed by Dr. YogendraJi - With Upgraded courses of Vinyasa Ashtanga at Mysore and Angamardana from Isha), a seasoned yoga expert, for a tranquil Prelude to Meditation. Don't miss this opportunity to align your inner self at Casa Karaoke!
Hardwired for Happiness - Tue, 9th Jan'24
In a world brimming with prosperity and technological connections, a crucial question looms: Why do so many of us view life through a lens of scarcity, grappling with stress, anxiety, and an overwhelming sense of busyness? How do we make 2024 different by building “happier” habits? Hardwired for Happiness distills research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and ancient wisdom traditions into nine proven practices that can rewire your brain to seek happiness instead of fear. The author of the book, Ashish Kothari, will be in conversation with Bina Mirchandani. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Understanding Societal Systems
Receding Horizons of Shared Spaces - Thu, 4th Jan'24
Contemporary India is witness to a huge change in which, space for serious conversations on all aspects of culture, is receding. The advocacy of religious-cultural nationalism has come to replace all forms of culture. It has also come to take many forms. For instance, the murder of rationalists – Kalburgi, Pansare, and Gauri Lankesh – underlines the contested nature of secularism, and the fragile space for freedom of thought in religion, media and culture in India. There has been a determined attempt to rewrite the cultural history of India, a project that has fed into the writing of school textbooks. The rise of online archival projects offering alternative accounts of Indian history, the popular cultures of televised Hinduism, curbs on art and cinema, the huge nexus of religion and market, rise of hate speech are signals to a certain kind of revivalism. Writings that celebrate plurality and tolerance are being decried, systematically countered and a monolithic agenda of culture is gradually being established. In the absence of a real space for cultural conversations, politics dominates all kinds of discourses. Aruna Roy, Activist & Former Civil Servant, will shed light on these receding spaces. A Q&A with audiences will follow.
India Ekologika: Revisiting India’s 20th-Century Environmental History - Sun, 7th Jan'24
How the 20th century shapes our present and will influence our future is common point of debate in India. Politics and economics, culture and society clearly were deeply influenced, if not fundamentally shaped, by choices made at key points of time. Yet this applies equally, so perhaps with even greater long-term consequences, to the environment in its widest sense. In a more focussed way, this is how human actions, via technological choices or the ways land or water are governed, influence the non-human entities we share spaces with. Rather than view ecology and society as two distinct entities, the overlaps and interfaces can shed fresh light on where we stand today. After all, knowing how we got to where we stand matters. India’s recent environmental pasts have bearing not only on this country, but Asia and the world at large. With this programme, the Bangalore International Centre remembers the contributions of our member Vijay Thiruvady in three landmark lectures that he gave at the BIC, on the “Greening of Bangalore” with Girish Karnad and Capt. Prabhala (2015), on “Botanical Illustrations” with Nirupa Rao (2019), and on “Why Lalbagh Matters” (2021).
Art & Craft
Kumaravyasa: Creativity and Contribution - Fri, 5th Jan'24
Kumaravyasa’s Bharata is a crown jewel of Kannada literature, beloved by scholars and common people alike. In this 15th-century classic, Kumaravyasa reimagines Vyasa’s epic, making it more compact, more dramatic, and closer to everyday life and language. He dispenses with most didactic material, cuts out subsidiary tales, and concludes with the end of the war. Here, Krishna, who is cool, clever, charming, and charismatic, is the central character, but many others, such as Draupadi, Karna, and Duryodhana leave an indelible mark. He narrates the story through fast-moving, deftly crafted situations, where characters confront grand conflicts and articulate subtle and complex emotions in brilliant metaphorical language. His vision and skill are comparable to that of the great masters, such as Shakespeare and Kalidasa, and demand recognition of this work as a classic of Indian and world literature. In this series of masterclasses, Professors SN Sridhar and Krishnamurthy Hanuru will introduce the audience to several aspects of Kumaravyasa’s poetic genius, illustrating them with the modern English translations of his classic, of which the first volume has just been published as The Kannada Mahabharata by Harvard University Press in the Murty Classical Library of India series. This session will be conducted in English and Kannada.
Canvas Painting Workshop - Sat, 6th Jan'24
BLR events hub presents Canvas Painting Workshop. Join them for a hands-on experience where you'll learn fundamental techniques, unleash your artistic expression, and create a masterpiece to take home. No prior experience required – just bring your enthusiasm!
Open & Closed Terrarium Workshop - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Join Saloni for a unique and restorative experience where she takes you through the history of terrariums, materials you need, care & maintenance and step by step demo to design your own one-of-a-kind terrarium.
Dance with Nrityaatma - Sat, 6th Jan'24
In the two hours you will learn a 2 minute semi- classical (Kathak) routine. The choreography can be performed as a duo or solo.
Art of Storytelling (Hybrid Masterclass) - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Join Sourav Dutta at Practive Power Class to delve into the captivating realm of storytelling. Uncover the secrets behind crafting compelling narratives that leave a lasting impact, whether in your personal or professional life. Unleash the power of storytelling to influence, inspire, and captivate your audience.
The 1.5hr Belly Dance special workshop aims towards providing a unique experience of introducing Belly dance moves to authentic belly dance drum music. The attendees will be taught a short compilation of isolations & shimmies in a systematic step by step manner & it is an open level workshop. A fun experience is guaranteed & short video clips would be captured at the end of the session.
In this workshop, you will learn the unique art technique of gold foiling and create beautiful artworks using it! You will create a design first and subsequently paint it with the use of gold foil. The end result is a mesmerising one and the process in itself is very calming and satisfying and finally you get to carry the beautiful artwork created by you.
Memoryscape for Family Heirlooms - Sun, 7th Jan'24
We all have family heirlooms - recipes, objects, clothing and even anecdotes. The passion with which these collectibles were procured and the emotions behind each of these remnants of the past gets dulled with the passage of time. Polish these memories with a structured story around your heirloom. Join Aparna Jaishankar and create a memory scape of your family heirloom. This will be a practical workshop on using Storytelling techniques for creating a narrative. Please bring anything that you would like storified.
Zumba Session - Sun, 7th Jan'24
In a Zumba session, the music sets the tone as participants follow the instructor' lead through a series of rhythmic and lively dance steps. The atmosphere is often lively and social, fostering a sense of community among participants. Zumba not only offers a full-body workout but also serves as a stress-reliever through its combination of upbeat music and joyful movements. The sessions typically last around 45 minutes to an hour, providing an effective and entertaining way to improve cardiovascular health and overall fitness.
Bachata Beginner Batch - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Join LVDS for a fun and engaging learning experience where you'll discover the sensual moves and footwork that make Bachata so enchanting. Get ready to dance your heart out and connect with fellow enthusiasts in the heart of Vasanth Nagar.
Are you ready to showcase your Salsa skills and woo the audience? Look no further! Join LVDS's Salsa Beginner Performance Batch and get an opportunity to perform on stage at LVDS Winter Ball!
Film & Theater
Kaayuva Kaayaka - Thu, 4th Jan'24
'Kaayuva Kaayaka' - Human life is a mixture of varied emotions, feelings, stages and intricacies. It's interesting as well as challenging and creative writers and playwrights have created works of different genres depicting the above. Shri Dundiraj, Kannada's leading poet, playwright and humourist has penned the play 'Kaayuva Kaayaka' in which there is a beautiful portrayal of man's quest, search, dilemmas, conflicts and happiness which have been shown in a very uncomplicated but yet in an intricate manner. The play as a typical Dundiraj's work has all the ingredients of his stamp like humour, wit and repartee.
O.B.E (Prashasthi Sigodhu Bahala Kasta) - Fri, 5th Jan'24
Rangashaala presents Moliere’sLe Bourgeois gentilhomme which is tanslated to kannada by Dr.S.V Kashyap . "O.B.E." This is the story of a wealthy, eccentric father who aspires to obtain the title of O.B.E., bestowed during the British era. The drama revolves around various emotions, depicting how he manages his family, the lengths he goes to secure the O.B.E. title, and the steps he takes to arrange his daughter's marriage to achieve this honor.
Drohakatha - Fri, 5th Jan'24
In the midst of World War II, as the world's most powerful individuals vie for supremacy, the Hindi play 'Drohakatha' unfolds against the backdrop of the Manhattan Project—a monumental endeavour entwined with the shadows of Germany, Russia, and China. This colossal scientific achievement, the creation of the deadliest power in human history, was tragically transformed into a curse for Japan, where thousands perished in the flames. Science bore an indelible stain while the mighty grew mightier. Yet, amidst the overwhelming might, there stood a man who refused to yield. This unsung hero did whatever was necessary to thwart the madness of unchecked power. Branded a traitor, he worked tirelessly for the sake of future generations.
Karimayi - Fri, 5th Jan'24
The theme of the play is the progress of the destruction of the myths embedded in the life of a village. The drama begins with a murder. Gudsikara, the English-educated man who is influenced by modernization argues that the case should be taken to courts in the city. Whereas the elderly villagers, who see the goddess "KARIMAYI" in every detail of their lives, argue that the case could be settled within the village. As the gulf between the two widens the relations between individuals crack. An enraged Gudsikara loses his bearing and brings in Basavaraju and Chimna from Belgaum. The villagers look at "KARIMAYI" as the very center of their lives and the city-bred look at her as a gold-fetching god. These very people become responsible for the destruction of the ‘myth’. The playwright employs the Bayalaata (A distinguished form of folk theatre in Karnataka) technique and it is indeed a great achievement on the part of the director, B. Jayashree, who has transformed the play into a ‘truly remarkable experience’.
Portal Waiting - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Portal Waiting is a show that is written, developed and performed by Abhi Tambe. Taking its core inspiration from his music album with the same name (released on November 17, 2023), the show is a 74 minute piece of speculative fiction that ponders the question, “How will the future look back at us?”.
Kohinoor - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Kohinoor is not a linear play, operating on four planes, it gives the story of 4 women from different demographics. One thing that remains constant amidst their dissimilarities is that they are all confined in various ways and of course, financially. How they keep trying to change their lives, yet are not able to, is made clearly visible. The play ends, not on a cynical note but by invoking a change of mindset among men, which can prompt stepping back and seeing the bigger picture. The Hindi play justifies a careful sprinkling of regional language to give veracity to the locales and bring out the message further accentuated.
Katha Khanda - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Prakasam presents Katha Khanda where they will take stories from across each continent and bring them to life in our very own language – Kannada and these stories will be shown across schools and colleges all over Karnataka. They aim to engage our children in stories about qualities like kindness, gratitude, honesty and friendship, etc.
Parijata - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Parijata is based on an incident from Mahabharata. The story of Parijata is quite popular. In Karnataka, it is performed as Sri Krishna Parijata, in Sannata form, which is a folk theater form. In Assam, it is performed as Parijat Haran in the Sattriya form, which is a classical dance. With Spandana production Parijata, they propose to take selected elements from both these versions and create a completely new version, which questions why Krishna, who gave Amruta to Gods and made them immortal, had to wage war with Indra, the King of Gods for the sake of Parijata.
Beyond Hattamala - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Beyond Hattamala is an English adaptation of a Bengali play “Hattamalar Oparey” by Badal Sircar; one of the most translated & prominent Indian playwrights, known for his socially conscious themes. After an attempt at burglary, two likeable thieves, Kena and Becha jump into a river in order to escape from being caught; and are washed up on the shores of a strange land – A land where the notion of money or currency does not exist! Kena and Becha are excited at the opportunities this strange new place has to offer. What follows are a series of humorous yet thought-provoking exchanges, as you follow Kena and Becha in their misadventures in this land beyond Hattamala. With a story that stokes imagination with some music and dance by the ensemble, the play is both entertaining and thought provoking making it suitable for a wide range of audience – 6 years to 60 and beyond!
Narigaligeke Kodilla? - Sun, 7th Jan'24
Narigaligeke Kodilla? – A story by Kuvempu which had been published in a monthly called ‘Makkala Pusthaka” fifty years ago. In the world of Nature there are both kindness and ruggedness juxtaposed and nature takes all Life in its arms and fondles it by injecting an equilibrium. While conveying this idea, the short story also makes a powerful suggestion that crookedness and egotism are both to be shunned. Through the characters of the male and female sparrows, fox, bear, tiger and owl, the short story writer highlights the imperativeness for discarding egotism totally and also emphasizes that ‘protecting’ is more important than killing.
Droupathi Helthavle - Sun, 7th Jan'24
"Droupathi Heltavle" is a turn of important events in Droupathi's life characterised by herself throughout the play. Droupathi is an unimaginable character and a cold ablaze concealed in the inner faculty of every other female on the planet without exception.
Direct Action - Sun, 7th Jan'24
An unforgettable journey into the life of "Professor M.D.Najundaswamy" (1936-2004), a revolutionary farmer leader and social activist in Karnataka! Nagna theatre is proud to present a new play, written by Natraj Huliyar and directed by Kabaddi Narendra Babu. This play will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, capturing the essence of M.D. Najundaswamy's profound thoughts, unique personality, and unwavering determination. Come witness the remarkable drama of his leadership without compromise and the shaping of thousands of thinkers, farmer leaders, and farmer activists.
Rifle - Sun, 7th Jan'24
When the socio-politico-economic fabric is torn by the 'should's and the 'should-not's’, it is important to realise the difference between power and authority. As the playwright himself said "Rifle is the source of all power", it is imperative to see how we perceive "Rifle". Adapted from Utpal Dutt's Rifle, ENAD sets its adaptation in a more contemporary world where history is being tainted as per convenience. As we see the stereotypical oppressor and the oppressed; witness the angst and the anger, we also experience the journey of dilemma, delusion and derivatives. The play envisions to make its audience reflect within.
Panchama Pada - Wed, 10th Jan'24
There is a huge legacy of Songs of Resistance in Karnataka. The songs are interwoven with many aspects of culture, life, struggles, and protests from many local communities. While we keep exploring the origins of many such songs, alternative cultures of this land start to open up. This experimental performance is a musical created by a unique knitting of songs, memories and forgotten history. This is a starting point of many such experiments that will happen in the future.
Fun and Games
Boardgaming Meetup - Sat, 6th Jan'24
There are board games beyond monopoly and scrabble, if you’d like to explore and play unique board games join at Cuppa Redefined Cafe for upcoming event. Whether you're new in the city or a seasoned local, this is your chance to socialise with like-minded individuals and board game enthusiasts. Feel free to join them solo or bring your friends along – their game master will be there to guide you through the rules and ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
TTOX - Bengaluru's Biggest Board Games Convention - Sat, 6th Jan'24 & Sun, 7th Jan'24
TTOX is a Modern Board Gaming Table Top Convention. Discover other gamers and bond over unlimited games for 2 days, meet Board Game Publishers and Designers who will be showcasing their games and buy the latest Board Games from India and around the world! Choose between Single Day Pass, Two Day Pass or Two Day Champions Pass. All passes come with a Goodie Bag and amazing Discount Coupons from Board Game Publishers and Cafes across India. Two Day Champions Pass will have additional cool Merch included!
Mythology Marvels - Sat, 6th Jan'24
Indian Mythology is full of answers to the many whys of our culture. Join Lavanya Prasad and Meenu Sivaramakrishnan, as they explore and bring forth the marvellous stories from the Indian Mythology through music, dance and theatre.
Sakkath Sankranti - Katha Utsav - Kids Story Time - Sat, 6th Jan'24
It's the season of happiness and bounty and it's time to be grateful and thankful to all that gives us joy. Wait! What has Sankranti to do with being thankful? Haan! Now that we have your attention join for a fun filled fantastic story session with Professional Storyteller Lavanya Prasad for a rib-tickling yet thoughtful session behind the simple yet Sakkath Sankranti.
Masterchef Intelligent : A Lunch Date By Kiddos! - Sun, 7th Jan'24
You always take your kids out for lunch, but have they ever taken You out for lunch? Your kids will make a meal from scratch. They'll cut, prep and cook. They'll prepare a menu. And serve to you! Open to all ages. Complex cooking jobs will be done by older ones and simple jobs by the little ones!