Welcome to another edition of the Soulful Events newsletter! We bring you activities and events that nourish your soul.
Sangeetha Sivakumar in Concert - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
A Carnatic music concert exploring the various facets of the art form—composed (Keerthana) and improvisational (Manodharma).
Prithvi Nayak in Concert - Fri, 22nd Sep'23
Prithvi Nayak presents an evening of selected pieces from the traditional Odissi repertoire. Albeit with a twist, Each piece, reinterpreted by Guru Bijayini Satpathy, pushes the boundaries of conventional explorations of space, music, and narrative. While remaining true to the ethos of the form, it is an attempt to show that what is 'traditional' can also be 'contemporary'.
Anurakti: Solo Manipuri Dance Performance - Fri, 22nd Sep'23
Anurakti is a solo Manipuri dance performance by Shrobana Mitra Das. "What we are after, above all, is a sense of divine inspiration that touches the very core of our being. That lives throughout every aspect of our existence, To let nothing drag us into the monotony of living, but to always move to the unique rhythm of each passing day. To give nothing but all of us- " my soul, my heart, my fire.
Frames - Fri, 22nd Sep'23
An artistic exploration in the realm of artistic expression to witness and experience the world in intrinsically linked to a frame - to understanding how the physical and mental frames shape our realities.In this journey of artistic exploration movement artists / contemporary dancers and a sitar virtuoso join forces to explore the inticrate web of frames that encapsulate our lives, our landscapes and narratives we construct within them. They explore the intersection of their crafts, where movement meets sound, and where the frame becomes both the canvas and the art itself. In these frames we paint our stories, revisit our pasts weaving toget her the tapestry of our existence.
Marga Path to the ultimate - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Pritam Das defines passion for dance through his immense dedication and effortless grace as a Bharatanatyam dancer. Having undergone his initial training under Smt. Jayita Ghosh and Sri Samrat Dutta, he is now under the advanced tutelage of Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan.
Katha, Kahaniya and Guftagu - Sun, 24th Sep'23
A Bhanika, telling stories in a Natya presentation by Priyadarshini Ghosh. Live accompaniment by Smt Tara Kini.
Van Gogh 360 - Thu, 21st Sep'23 - Sun, 24th Sep'23 (Daily)
Van Gogh 360 is an immersive experience featuring the work of one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of western art. Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings are housed in galleries and collections around the globe. Van Gogh 360 brings over 300 of his most popular works together in a dynamic show that is not to be missed. Come surround yourself in Van Gogh.
Lal Bagh Tree Walk with A Green Venture - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Explore this unique park space which dates back to mid 1700, watch and observe tree giants, stand beneath the shade of massive canopies, understand how Lal Bagh was shaped, a huge contributor to the green heritage tag of namma ooru how the city grew and how much remains unchanged in this beautiful tree heritage space!
Book Exchange - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Let's rendezvous at the entrance of MG Road Metro Station, then proceed in the direction of Blossom Book House. Here, you'll be artfully paired with a fellow bibliophile, and following an engaging dialogue, select a book that resonates with their soul.
The BWW Short Story Community at Atta Galatta - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
This is a ticketed, curated literary and community event, presented by Bhumika Anand from the Bangalore Writers Workshop, where they will do a deep-dive analysis and discussion of a short story. You get to join a reading community where you will get to read a pre-chosen short story a month. You get to examine the story in terms of its literary merit, yes, but also in terms of writing craft and context, which will be very useful if you are an aspiring storyteller or writer. This month, they will discuss The Quilt (Lihaaf) by Ismat Chugtai.
Bohomania - Sunday Soul Sante - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Bohomania! Mark your calendars for September 24th, 2023, as Jayamahal Palace, Bangalore, becomes the epicentre of artistic flair, live music, delectable cuisine, and free-spirited fun. Bohomania is not just an event; it's an experience waiting to be explored.
Sunday Picnic at Rico Vineyard - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Banjara and Gypsy are super excited to bring “Banjara and Gypsy Sunday Picnic”. Picnics aren’t just the 90’s thing. It’s that time of our Sundays when all would sit together and share bite, play games and spread a joy of laughter. Let’s bring it back and get away from our phones and just immerse in those books we started or listen to our favourite music in company of a guitarist and while sipping the wine. Picnic is curated for friends, families, kids, solo members to become part of our Banjara Gypsy family.
Personal Development & Soul Nourishment
Love, Hope and Faith Sharing circle - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Sharing circle is a group of people who share with and listen to each other in a structured way. To put in simple terms, it’s a form of ritualised socialising that gives meaning and intention to the time spent together. Through the process of simply sharing and listening, one feels liberated, stronger, more resilient, and a wiser human towards the end. At times, we are ready and more comfortable to share our stories with a stranger Vs. a known acquaintance. Love Hope Faith Sharing Circle will be all about sharing your stories and listening to others stories in a fun way that makes it more memorable experience. Come and join at Lahe Lahe to co-create a wonderful evening with lot of give aways and take aways!
Can You Open The Box?!? - Sun, 24th Sep'23
This 120-minute playful session + discussion will be an experiential one. There will be some presence invoking group games, some physics demonstrations, and some hands-on solving tactile puzzles that don't require logic. These will help your child or your inner-childlike self, see the subtle beauties that lay hidden behind everyday physical objects around us. After the session, you will slowly start appreciating the world of physical objects differently and develop respect and reverence for all things around, and see the true position of logic/intellect. Just bring your child-like self.
Understanding Societal Systems
Art & Craft
Corporate Workshops - Canvas Painting - Fri, 22nd Sep'23
Join Art Beat for an amazing Acrylic on canvas workshop at the beautiful Art Beat studio. No prior experience is required. This workshop is made for beginners. Learn how to paint on canvas using acrylic paint and take home a beautiful artwork on canvas along with loads of memories and pictures.
Tote Bag Painting Workshop - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Join Madhuri Umashankar this Saturday for a Sip and Paint session at the gorgeous URU Brewpark - this time you’ll be painting your own tote bag to take back with you! Tote bags can be a fun addition addition to your attire while also being a great alternative to plastic shopping bags (if you use it regularly). So what better way to personalise it to match your personality than to paint it yourself?! She will be there to guide you through the entire process so this session is beginner friendly and open to all age groups.
Bottle Decoupage Workshop - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Do you want to amp up your home by upcycling old bottles into gorgeous decor? Bottle decoupage is an easy-to-learn method to create beautiful art pieces with simple materials and techniques. Join Art Beat on this workshop to find out more!
Masterclass By Nidhi Nahata: Unlearn, Cook & Taste - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
In this session, you will Unlearn, Cook, and Taste TOGETHER to learn the connection between a Healthy Gut and Overall Wellness! Learn to take care of your Mental and Physical Health through a whole food plant based diet. Let’s take this transformative step together, one meal at a time!
Brunch N' Brushes 3.0 - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Indulge in a delightful brunch and savor a "taste of art" like never before! Crimson Petal Art School are thrilled to invite you to an extraordinary experience at Dialogues Café, Koramangala. Come together for a wonderful acrylic-on-canvas painting workshop, where you'll embark on a journey to create exquisite art from start to finish. Whether you're picking up a brush for the first time or you're an occasional art enthusiast, this workshop is tailored just for you.
Pottery Workshop - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Participant will be introduced to both hand building and wheel techniques in pottery workshop. A lump of clay is put on the potter's wheel and shaped into whatever shape you like, poetry is one of the most forgiving arts. In the process of spinning the wheel and forming the clay, your mind and body synergize with the environment and the universe.
Haiku Circles - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Evolved within the islands of Japan for several centuries, Haiku is one of the most popular forms of poetry today. However, writing haiku is a complex process. Being able to write good haikus can help you become better at other forms of poetry as well. During this workshop, participants will learn the art of conveying their feelings using concrete and objective images, free of judgment or analysis, and juxtaposing them through cuts. Through a guided discussion, participants will also be encouraged to write their own haikus.
Samvāya: Odissi Workshop - Sun, 24th Sep'23
In this workshop one will learn: 1. Bhumipranam : Salutation to Mother Earth 2. Warm up 3. Theory from Abhinayadarpana : Single and double hand gestures. 4. Practical : Odissi basic - 4 main stance/ posture of Odissi dance. 5. Movement based on these 4 Positions: Chauka, Tribhangi, Abhanga, Bhramari (spin), Utplavana (jump) & Charee (walk). 6. Torso movements 7. Cool down.
Film & Theater
Mukkam Post Bombilwadi - Thu, 21st Sep'23
Being a work of fiction; Hitler, having gone to Japan to acquire the formula to make an atom bomb, mistakenly descends at Bombilawadi while returning home. He gets into a police station there to use the wireless transmitter at the station but instead gets stuck there and gets dispatched to a drama company. The head of this drama company gets arrested, accused of hiding Hitler. To rescue their chief, the members of the drama company disguise themselves in different attires and after a lot of struggle somehow manage to complete their stage show.
By 2 Coffee - Fri, 22nd Sep'23
The play By2Coffee is about the conflicting feelings between a mother and her son set in a middle class family. A devout mother continually worries about her son's future and wishes for a speedy marriage who is now settled in United states. The son is on an annual customary visit to Bengaluru city and gets dragged into religious tenets of his mother. They both set out on a overnight drive/journey to a temple (native) for a pooja and that’s when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. With not many options left they both rest at a local hotel for a By 2 Coffee and catch up on all the missed conversations. While every conversation between them ends up with the mother requesting her son of marriage, he in-turn rebukes her theory of relationships, beliefs, customs and traditions only to find himself on the receiving end with a very practical reply to what suddenly seems to be an impractical questioning. The play deals with altering thoughts between two generations and how they both perceive life in their own way all served on a single platter called ‘Society’. The fun simple and satirical conversation leads up to many new unanswered questions, as they set out to find the answers between them they begin to decode new reality’s truths which forms the crux of the play.
Hunkaro - by Ujaagar Dramatic Association - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
‘Hunkaro’, is a performance piece devised just after the second wave of COVID 19. There was an urgent call within the theatre company to come on floor and construct a performance as a reflection of what the world has endured. The idea of the piece came into existence with a simple yet disturbing realisation that the lockdowns have reduced not only the attention span of people but also the capacity and need to listen. ‘Hunkaro', literally means a verbal affirmation, a response from the listener to the storyteller that she/he is listening, comprehending and is travelling with the story. Since Lockdown, there is an insatiable hunger to consume visuals and noise which leaves very little to no room for listening. And if there is no listening, Hunkaro cannot exist. But are we ready to listen? It is said that listening is an art, so just like many other art forms, is this one too losing it's beauty and necessity? But the world lives on hope and indeed, hope is the thread that binds this performance. With these thoughts, Hunkaro was born. The performance, while laying a strong emphasis on the beauty of Rajasthani language, does talk about the aesthetic value of languages in general, importance of the uttered word as well as the art of listening. The piece is replete with songs which come from the centennials old Manganiyar tradition but avoids musical instruments, once again underlining the spoken word.
Connectologues V 3.0 - The Phoenix - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Connectologues is an abstract weave of interrelated monologues. It's a very unique style of presentation where multiple actors render their monologues which is interwoven with a larger story at the outset. This style of presentation combines skill around an actor traveling in the same physical space around different time zones of their characters. The unpredictable and non-linear nature of this presentation makes it a thrill to watch and perform. This is their third season of doing Connectologues. In this season, they are presenting and unraveling stories around hope and life - most of them centered around women - her journey, her struggles and more importantly, her triumph, in the society they live in - all presented in a contemporary fashion.
Thushagni - Sat, 23rd Sep'23
Amboori Neelandan wishes to become the Vishahaari (local toxic healer) after Theyyadi Maathu - the doyen. Things do not go as planned for Neelandan as Maathu finds the heir in his son - Kumaran. As Neelandan's indignation, anger, and frustration converge to transform into a simmering fire of vengeance, the village witnesses a duel like never before.
Is it frivolous to be active on social media? Is it silly to dress up and take pictures of yourself? Is it cringe to relate more strongly to memes than literature? Is it a privilege to not want to work or have a career? Is it shameful to talk back to your parents? Is it slutty to desire? Is it un-feminist to not help your mother around the house? Is it lazy to wake up late everyday? Is it desperation when you want to be invited to a party? Is it a mental illness when you just don’t like yourself? And is it absolutely crazy to have so many thoughts all the time, all at once? Or is it just everyday life for countless young women? This is a play for and by young wayward women, inquisitive and conscious of their privilege in society, people addicted to their phones, and anyone who finds themselves caught between the slippery planes of the online portal between their own reality and the world beyond.
Avva Nanavva - Tue, 26th Sep'23
Play narrates about the importance of Mother, Nature and about Human Relationship.
Tempest - Wed, 27th Sep'23
Tempest was written by the great playwright William Shakespeare in 1610-1611 and is believed to be his last play. His inspiration from nature, depiction of its fury, calmness and relating this trait to human turmoil and relationship is truly marvellous. Though this play has all the qualities to be called as one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies the approach in which each character in the play tries to find his own self and personality in this world makes it that much more special.
Fun and Games
Build + Blast Rocketry Workshop - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Join for an exciting and hands-on rocketry workshop designed especially for kids. This interactive workshop will take young participants on a journey into the world of rockets, igniting their curiosity and imagination as they build, decorate and launch their very own model rockets.
Slime Workshop - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Discover the Magic of Slime-Making at Slime Workshop! Every child will get an individual kit which includes Materials and Slime Activator. By using their Slime Activator, kids can make & discover 100+ slime.
Lat Pat Chat Pat - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Join Ramya Srinidhi on an enchanting journey through the heart of India as she brings to life a captivating tale. In a land where flavors reign supreme, this delightful story follows the quest for the most delicious dish, the aroma of which fills the air. Children and adults alike embark on a whimsical adventure, encountering quirky characters and enduring funny mishaps along the way. Will they discover the secret recipe and satisfy their cravings, or will the dish remain an elusive dream?
Chippi, the Chipkal - Sun, 24th Sep'23
One day, Chippi, a baby lizard, while playing, is shooed away. People think it is scary and ugly. In the shock, Chippi loses her tail. And everyone starts teasing her, calling her names, as she is tailless now. She feels very sorry for herself and gets into a dark corner, crying. She knows that she has go get a tail. So what does she do to get her tail? Will she ever get her tail back? Will she become beautiful again?
Giggles and Guffaw with Gruffalo - Sun, 24th Sep'23
Storytime with Ramya Srinidhi and Seema Karanth as they bring alive some 'funtastic' stories by Julia Donaldson. Let's meet the mighty Gruffalo and have some hilarious time together.
An Evening of Magic - Nakul Shenoy & Friends - Sun, 24th Sep'23
An Evening of Magic is a most amazing magic show presented by 'Nakul Shenoy & Friends', featuring top entertainers and magic acts. Curated and hosted by the internationally-acclaimed mentalist Nakul Shenoy, each event in this series brings unique acts and performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed magicians, alongside some of the most notable up-and-coming stars of magic. This is an evening that is truly magical, and one you will want to experience many times over.