Welcome to another edition of the Soulful Events newsletter! We bring you activities and events that nourish your soul.
Film and Theater
- Ondu Matteradu - Thu, 16th Mar’23
Sanchaya presents the play ‘Ondu Matteradu’, an anthology of 3 different stories. This collaborative work by three young directors (Sumadhura Rao, Vasantha Krishnamurthy and Prithvi Venugopal) is uniquely presented.
- Skewed - Fri, 17th Mar’23
The play talks about biased and awry opinions made when one person is going through a horrifying incident. In many layers, Skewed aims to build a more compassionate and conscious society.
- Tughlaq(Kannada) - Fri, 17th Mar’23
TUGHLAQ is a play about the turbulent rule of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq. The protagonist, Tughlaq had great Ideas and a grand vision, but his reign was an abject failure. Tughlaq was known for his reformist ideas, one of which was shifting the capital from Delhi to Daulatabad in order to have a capital that is in the centre of his province. This play covers the consequences that followed this decision. The play dramatically highlights the importance of credibility and authenticity for a leader. The play outlines his clover plots to eliminate his opponents and ends with scenes of utter chaos and misery in the kingdom and Tughlaq is being left alone, having been abandoned by those who survived him.
- Thou Shalt Not Steel - Documentary - Fri, 17th Mar’23 - Sun, 19th Mar’23
Thou Shalt Not Steel is a feature documentary about one of the biggest citizen protests in the country. Produced by Faces of Bengaluru, this documentary takes us through the journey of a few citizens from Bengaluru who made history. #ThouShaltNotSteel, a documentary on one of the country's biggest human chains that happened in Bengaluru, in 2016
- Pah-Lak (Father) - Fri, 17th Mar’23 & Sat, 18th Mar’23
Pah-Lak (Tibetan for “Father”) is originally an English play based on intensive research – it is an examination of the future of non-violence. The play focuses on the role of Buddhism in the lives of Tibetans and the dichotomy of the resistance movement that has emerged from decades of oppression, discrimination, and marginalization..
- The Girl Squad (Theatre celebrating Women) - Sat, 18th Mar’23
TortillaHouse presents The GirlsQuad- A one minute theatre show, featuring 32 women and 48 little stories. In celebration of women, this year we explore senior women and their relationships with the younger women in their lives. We also look at quirky situations and characters. Each piece is under one minute so be prepared to be blown off your feet with a whirlwind of stories, emotions and feelings.
- Rangayugadi - Sun, 19th Mar’23
Every year, Ranga Shankara has been celebrating Yugadi in a unique way. Kannada poetry has been celebrated for the past few years. This year's Padyakala is in the memory of poet, storyteller, critic, and translator KV Thirumalesh and novelist Sara Abubakar. The programme is conducted in three parts: Aadi Kaavya, Janapada Kaavya, and Modern Poetry.
- Birds - Tue, 21st Mar’23 - Thu, 23rd Mar’23
Mayil and her family are going to lose their home. To take her mind away from this impending loss, her father tells her stories. Stories of humans and birds. Slowly, reality and myth begin to merge. A collage of sound, movement , image and storytelling, the play takes us on a fascinating journey.
- Mehfil-e sama (An open mic) - Fri, 17th Mar’23
Noor is a community for independent artists. Open mics with Lahe Lahe is our space to experiment with music, give budding artists a platform to perform and give the audience a new, redefined music experience. We encourage artists to collaborate creatively by having the most unexpected genres and music fuse into a melting pot of art!
- Marvel of Jugalbandi-Sitar Sarod by Mohan Brothers - Fri, 17th Mar’23
Sitar & Sarod which have been a part of our Indian Classical Music for hundreds of years and are considered to be two of the most difficult instruments to master. The Sitar and Sarod are the ideal instruments to be paired up for a duet. A long-standing Sitar & Sarod duet is now a rarity in the world of Indian classical music. The internationally acclaimed Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan who have been performing at leading venues across the globe since the past 15 years, bring to this tour some of their finest repertoire and the true essence of a classical duet.
- Indiegasm Sessions - Sat, 18th Mar’23
If you are someone who is an Indie Music Enthusiast then this is the perfect experience for you. A curated experience is awaiting for you where you will be seeing all the artists getting raw with their music and sharing their original Compositions with you. This is an intimate gig where you can have an extremely cozy environment.
- Annmol Kkhazaane - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Treat yourselves to the most delightful evening of melodious songs with the soulful singer Ram Nagaraj in a musical night of Geet, Ghazal, B’wood retro & more...
- Sahir Amrita - A sublime love story - Sat, 18th Mar’23
An evening of poetry, stories and letters reminiscing the journey of love, longing, loss, and life of Amrita Pritam, Sahir Ludhianvi and Imroz. A journey that transcends the boundaries of time, space and expectations.
- Muqtalif: Music and Poetry - Sun, 19th Mar’23
Muqtalif, which means different, is formed by three very different people who have found a way to remember some musicians and songs that mustn’t gather dust on the www pages! We have picked some darling ghazals and some dim lights for this evening, come join us in making an evening that hopes to meet higher weekend goals.
- First Light - Sun, 19th Mar’23
First Light will present young Hindustani and Carnatic musicians in an intimate setting. Once a month, on Sunday mornings, these thoughtfully curated concerts will feature a group of talented, sensitive and thinking musicians from across India. They will attempt to engage with their respective lineages and the traditional material they have received in distinctive ways. The musicians are encouraged to present a concert repertoire that reflects their long years of training, core aesthetic influences and values as well as their individual outlooks and interpretation. They will speak to the audiences and share critical aspects of the cultural and social histories of their art form, the compositions and their creative processes when they prepare for a concert.
- Women – Life – Freedom - Sun, 19th Mar’23
A tribute to some of the greatest Women poets in English/Hindi/Urdu by Bangalore's favorite women poets Sadhana, Soumya & Ruha.
- Contemporary Choreography Workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
HerMoveMeant is bringing a workshop which is open to beginners and advanced level movers and dancers.What we create in this space is meant for you to connect with your body and make it your own by bringing in your own personal touch! So come sign up if you're looking for something fun to do next weekend ✨
- Active States : Dance Workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Active States is a dance workshop for people with all backgrounds. In the workshop, we will explore improvisational tools to help get us moving. We will then access simple movement exercises adapted for the people in the room. The workshop will culminate in a layered and rhythmic movement phrase that we will learn and dance together.
- The Physical Brain - Mon, 20th Mar’23 - Sun, 26th Mar’23
The Contemporary Dance/Movement Intensive will combine elements and technique understanding from Contemporary Dance Genre, reflecting on my body of work and movement practices. It will throw light on body/floor/space/energy work through exercises, body-conditioning and movement sequences from strong physical practice within the system of Contemporary Dance Techniques, informed by elements of Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu (Martial Art) that Ronita has been trained in. Through the flow of dynamic sequences, which encompass qualitative and quantitative play of physical tasks(using the physicality of the body), time, space and rhythm, dynamism, movers will be challenged to explore, experiment and broaden their own aspects of the Physical Body, and the Thinking Body (mental capacity) through some Improvisational/Compositional explorations and investigations in the sessions.
- Dr Sailesh Rao Talk at Natureville - Thu, 16th Mar’23
Dr. Sailesh Rao has over three decades of professional experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. Dr. Rao is the author of four books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis, Animal Agriculture is Immoral and The Pinky Promise, and an Executive Producer of several documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), What The Health (2017), A Prayer for Compassion (2019), They’re Trying to Kill Us (2021), The End of Medicine (2022), The Land of Ahimsa (2022), Animals – A Parallel History (est. 2023) and Milked (2022).
- Book launch- “Paati’s Party” - Fri, 17th Mar’23
Meet humour columnist and Karadi’s newest author Indu Balachandran and celebrated illustrator and comic book artist Priya Kuriyan for an evening of wild stories, unbridled mirth, and lip smacking food.
- Red Red Wine - Fri, 17th Mar’23
Ever wondered how to explore red wines but don’t really know where to start? Well don’t worry, we got you! Join us for a guided tasting of 4 unique red wines, made in different styles using different grapes sourced from around the world! Learn how to talk about red wine, figure out what kind of red wines you like by tasting different styles and learn how to ask for your favourite glass of red the next time you are out or looking to pick up a bottle!
- Baking workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
What To Expect: Complimentary beverage included. All the materials will be provided at the venue. Explore the basics of baking.
- Mahindra Percussion Festival 2023 - Sat, 18th Mar’23
The festival intends to be a first-of-its-kind platform that will traverse various music genres, all led by the beats of percussion and celebrate the heartbeat of music by bringing together timeless rhythm and lending it to contemporary perspectives. The festival will feature performances by a motley of homegrown and international percussion artists, who promise to envelop the audience in a powerful, everlasting spell of percussion rhythm. It further seeks to serve as the stage that will foster never-seen-before interesting collaborations with ensembles from around the globe.
- Homebakers Bread Baking Workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
In this 4-hour workshop you will learn about the basics of bread baking, flours, theory of gluten, fermentation, ingredients and their effects on dough, shaping, tools required, baking temperatures, tips and tricks for baking.
- Towards Safe(r) Spaces - Sun, 19th Mar’23
The world we live in is getting increasingly polarized. There's a need more than ever for safer spaces to be nurtured. But, what might be a safe space for one person might not be for another. We invite you all to share your personal moments and experiences of having or not having a safe space; stories layered through the prism of gender, disability, privilege, politics, religion, family, relationships, and more. And watch as your real-life stories and moments are brought to life by our actors, on-the-spot! in the format of Playback Theatre, using text, poetry, metaphors, movement, and more.
- Journeys in Heritage - Sun, 19th Mar’23
Join Heta Pandit and Roopa Pai in conversation on heritage awareness. The moderator will draw insights from Heta’s experience in pioneering and leading heritage movements in Mumbai and Goa over four decades while juggling between activism and awareness programs through the Goa Heritage Action Group, and being an author of eleven books on Goan History, Art and Culture, while drawing parallels with Roopa’s efforts with heritage awareness in Bangalore through her widely acclaimed walks, talks and books.
- Listeners Circle - Tell Your Story - Sun, 19th Mar’23
Listeners Circle is an initiative to facilitate listening without judgment, hence giving a safe space for anyone to speak their heart out without the fear of judgment.
- The Goose Karnival at Gawky Goose - Sun, 19th Mar’23
The Goose Karnival: A Day-Long Celebration of Music, Food, and Fun. Gawky Goose will host The Goose Karnival, a festival of music, food, and games that promises to be a day of non-stop fun.
- Open Mic Night presented by the Fireboxx - Mon, 20th Mar’23
If you`ve wanted a stage to share your poetry, perform your music, try out your comedy set, tell a story you wrote, or just try something out in front of a live audience, the Fireboxx open mic is for you!
- Pay with a Poem - Tue, 21st Mar’23
World Poetry Day is celebrated the World over on the 21st of March. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the World. “Pay with a Poem” is a global initiative that is gaining momentum where anyone; poet or non poet, can walk into Urban Solace, write a poem and be paid for their efforts with a coffee. Be a part of the Celebration!
Personal Development & Soul Nourishment
- Holistic Therapy with Saher Ali - Thu, 16th Mar’23
Moving from Current state to desired state. This 2 hour workshop will include the following : Art Therapy, Breathwork, Bodywork & Visualization.
- Family Constellation - Fri, 17th Mar’23 & Fri, 31st Mar’23
Family Systems Constellation is a modality of healing that works with individuals, within the context of the wider family system. We see that often the root cause of issues are traced to patterns carried in the family system. Through the process, we can experience resolution and healing from patterns we have unconsciously absorbed. 1. Trace emotional patterns and blocks to their roots. 2. Gain insight into the underlying dynamics of your family system. 3. Find healing through resolution of entanglements and unresolved issues. 4. Move towards wholeness.
- Art & Sound Therapy - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Meditative experience through art and sound therapy through colors, music and more. We will have- Mandala. Abstract Art. Finger paint. Music therapy You can take your masterpieces home. One-on - one session with an emotional health expert. Group activities and individual focus tasks.
- Yoga Nidra : Sleep Guided Meditation - Sat, 18th Mar’23
The brain is the center of all your organs and systems. A stressed brain affects the function of all these systems and organs which consequently brings an imbalance in the body, giving rise to many common health issues - and almost all of them are related to your digestion. Digestive issues affect your energy levels, moods, sleep, and breathing quality. So, in short, just allowing the brain to relax, becomes a stepping stone in correcting this course of imbalance in the body. This is a sleep-guided meditation that helps release negative emotions or any pent-up/suppressed emotions in the subconscious mind, leaving you feeling focused and relaxed in who you want to be. You will be in Shavasana for 60 minutes. And post the session, we shall open the floor to discussion on the experience and questions about the meditation.
- Energetic Facelift Session - Sat, 18th Mar’23 - Tue, 21st Mar’23
Each session starts with about 15 mins of briefing and discussion. 45 to 60 mins is spent on the healing process where the client lies down and relaxes. Areas touched are the neck, face and the back of the head. For physical ailments, sometimes we also work on the feet and legs depending on the energy of the body.
- New Moon Healing Circle - Thu, 23rd Mar’23
Use the opportunity and energy of New Moon to heal yourself and make space for creating the new using Meditation, Mindfulness, Reiki Healing, Connection with Breath and Body, Holistic Healing
Hey there! Looking to do something super fun and new on weekends? Come by and paint with us at Paint Bar! With step by step instructions and all materials provided, we make it easy for you to paint, even if you have never painted before!
- Tie & Dye - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Have fun, create and connect with Tie & Dye! With this kit you can create many styles of tie-dye fabrics. At StoryZone, we aim to provide a creative & inclusive space to meet new people & build deeper human connections!
- Alcohol ink on Coaster workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Introduction to color theory and mixing techniques, tips for keeping all the colors vibrant in spite of dilution, moving the canvas appropriately around to create patterns, understanding how different colors will look when they interact with one another.
- Decoupage jewelry box workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Do you want to amp up your home by turning a box into a gorgeous jewelry box? Decoupage is an easy-to-learn method to create beautiful art pieces with simple materials and techniques. Join us on this workshop to find out more!
- Dusk by the Sea Canvas Painting Workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Bangalore Drawing Room invites you to a fun laid back Art Gathering! Discover the artist in you as you paint your version of “Dusk by the Sea”. Never painted before? not to worry, you will be guided by an Artist. With no prior painting experience required, this will be a guided session, shedding light on the basic strokes, sketches and techniques and helping you paint, getting in touch with the artist within.
- Mahabharata Dialogues - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Embark on a captivating journey into the legendary stories of the Mahabharata. Join Dialogues Cafe for a series of live storytelling sessions that will transport you into the fascinating world of the greatest epic ever written. Immerse yourself in that world and discover the heroic deeds, complex relationships, and moral dilemmas that have enthralled audiences for centuries.
- Stories from the Mahabharata - Sat, 18th Mar’23
What is found here may be found elsewhere, but what is not found here cannot be found elsewhere." Few stories in the world are as intriguing as the Mahabharata, with its numerous plots and subplots and characters having strengths and flaws in equal measure. `Stories from the Mahabharata` is an endeavor by Aparna Jaishankar to recreate an interest in this epic.
- Folk Art on A Tray - An Oil Painting Workshop - Sun, 19th Mar’23
In this workshop you will be taught to paint flowers using oil paints and Acrylic on a tray. This folk art is a handcraft of painting on metal trays coated with few layers of priming and oil varnish, usually black. Painting is done with firm strokes with a soft brush. You will be taught basics of using the brush, color mixing, layering and more.
Policy and Understanding Societal Systems
- Indian (future) Modernism - Mon, 20th Mar’23
Indian modernism, like much mid-century modern architecture worldwide, is under threat today being variously erased, revised and reimagined. Is it still relevant? Do its aesthetics, and more importantly, its ethics and ideals, still have something to offer, or, should we museumize a few representative examples and send the rest on their way to dusty implosion? Architectural historian Dr Vikramaditya Prakash will present work from his forthcoming book titled ‘Indian future Modernism: Le Corbusier, Chandigarh and the Incomplete Work’, examining the contemporary relevance of postcolonial Indian modernism.
With Kids :
- Hit Record - Podcasting for Children - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Have you ever wondered how you can improve your child's creative, speaking, storytelling and social skills? Podcasting is an audio-based art form that combines multiple skills under one roof and helps children become master storytellers. "Hit Record" is a two-hour in-person workshop that has been designed to get the young minds excited about exploring the medium of crafting audio stories & interviews!
- The Day The Crayons Quit - Sat, 18th Mar’23
The day the Crayons Quit is a play based on the bestselling book by the same name. Written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Jeff Olivers, this is a delightful little book about how all the crayons in the box are protesting about a problem they are facing. They all have a genuine problem and have had enough. So they decide to quit.
- Paint Bar X Dabble - Kids Guided Painting Workshop - Sat, 18th Mar’23
Hey there! Looking for your child to do something super fun and new on weekends? Let them come by and paint with us at Paint Bar and guess what? They get to paint with child-friendly, toxin-free products for art and play from Dabble.
- 'COLOR RUSH' Painting Workshop - Sun, 19th Mar’23
In this 2.5hr painting workshop, you will learn orientation to fine arts and acrylic painting techniques, take home a ready painting kit along with a self-painted canvas to hang on your wall.
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