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Sign Language Workshop by Anju Khemani

Sign language is a visual language used by Deaf people.  It is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands, fingers, combined with facial expressions and its own rules for word order. No one form of sign language is universal. Different sign languages are used in different countries or regions.  The Indian Deaf community uses the Indian Sign language (ISL). While ISL takes the letters from the English alphabet it isn’t simply English with hand signs; it is a different language with its own grammar and sentence construction. At the workshop, you learn the alphabet, greetings, colours, food words, and some basic conversation in Sign Language.

Good Food by Seetha Anand Vaidyam

A demo Workshop that aims to showcase recipes that promote healthy ways of cooking and eating. Participants will get to understand the importance of eating local, whole and raw foods. The workshop also hopes to make participants understand how and what is on one’s plate affects the planet. Through our individual food choices, each one of us can be an eco-warrior and a friend of the Earth.

Revisiting Drawing: A Workshop to Look around and Record by Tanmay Santra

Drawing is recognized as the basic form of expression in visual arts. Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition.  This workshop aims to facilitate a better understanding of ‘drawing’ as a process of making, as well as a unique means of visual communication. Learning to see is part of drawing, and hence observing an object for a certain amount of time, perceiving several details and their characteristics are very important in the process of drawing making. This workshop is intended to encourage all the participants to draw and record things and happenings around them. “Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and the intuition nimble.”  (Timothy Nero)

Shaping the Ideas: A Workshop with Clay by Tapasi Nath

Clay, in its most basic form, is composed of nothing but fine earth and water. Civilizations around the world have created clay sculptures since ancient times. Societies from places as diverse as Africa, Mesopotamia, and China are all known for their terracotta pottery, bricks, and ritual sculptures. Clay art remains popular and useful even in today’s era of technological advancement. Using clay to make objects and other things can help the participants find a means to express their inner emotions and thoughts. This workshop offers to the participants basic exposure and practical experience of working with clay. It enables the participants to understand the technicalities of the medium, as well as fulfil their artistic endeavours.

How to Write a Story & How to Work with Illustrator

Anne-Claire Lévêque, Emilie Camatte

Anne-Claire Lévêque specializes in youth literature. Toying with the French language and juggling with words and expressions is one of her favourite writing techniques. Emilie Camatte’s taste for travels, particularly in India, and her passion for photography led her to the creation of travel diaries in which she brings out her feelings through photo collages and watercolours.  Emilie focuses on illustration for youth and has produced several books for children.  In the first part, they would explain how they create, get inspiration, read their book; and second part, they would invite the public to create a short story (in English) with some illustrations. The workshop will be simultaneously translated into English by Professor M. Ajey Balaji, Alliance Française Hyderabad.

How to Write a Movie

Adite Banerjie

Movies have a universal appeal. They have the power to entertain, inspire and emotionally engage with viewers. And, it all begins with the screenplay. However, screenwriting has its own set of rules and conventions, do’s and don’ts that a writer needs to be aware of. How do you turn your idea or concept into a two-hour movie that engages with the audience?  This workshop will introduce participants to the essential elements of a screenplay, including plot, structure, scenes and sequences, genre, theme and the process involved in writing a screenplay.