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Workshops

Clay Time Play Time

 haikuDHYANA

The Wheel of Emotions

Break The Silence – Prevention of Child Sex Abuse

Magnifying the Miniature

Science in Stories

Wiz- Kwiz on Harry Potter

Characters Go

Click and Crit with XS: Not a Poetry Review
A Workshop on Writing Micro-Reviews for the Digital Media

Writing Creative Fiction

 Write your Novel

 The Long and Short of Haiku - A Comprehension Workshop on Haikai Poetry

Quirky Tales about Animals in Indian History

Puppet DIY

SoundHealing

Finding Your Ikigai

Filmi Fun-da – quiz for film lovers 

Waste to Art: Upcycling trash 

Lit Quiz – Classics in English Literature 

Cliffhanger: Quiz on Rocks – Society to Save Rocks

Walk, Sketch and Blog

 Story Telling and Poetry writing

Befriend Your Breath

Clay Time Play Time
Satish Mandalaparthy

24th January 2020
11.00 -12.00

Age Group: Open to All

The workshops are planned for people with little or no knowledge of arts, those without visual arts background, and for amateurs. Participants are encouraged to create simple and engaging creative tasks, to show that ‘anybody can create or paint’. The focus is not on skill enhancement but on understanding and appreciating artistic temperament. The workshops are designed for walk-in crowds and are open to all age groups .

haikuDHYANA
Kala Ramesh

24th January 2020
11.00 -12.30

26th January 2020
10.00 -11.30

Age Group: 18 years and above

Haiku, is a season’s poetry and nature as observed through our five senses.

Dhyana means meditation—to look “deep within”—to develop an uncluttered mind. A search at an experiential level!

haikuDHYANA- highlighting the silences that govern both these practices. Something that has never been explored in India until now.

All art forms are spiritual in many ways and haiku poetry is no different in this respect, for it is a poetic form that is purely experiential. In this 80-minute session, Kala Ramesh will delve into the silences, voids, and spaces that surround a haiku poem and explore how these can be correlated to mind-space and our attempt to quieten the ever-chattering mind! Interspersed with Japanese aesthetics and Zen stories, this session promises to be a unique experience! The session will end with a few types of OM chanting, establishing the deep connection between the cosmos and our body.

The Wheel of Emotions
Lipika Rao 

24th January 2020
11.00 – 12.00

25th January 2020
14.00 – 15.00

26th January 2020
11.00 – 12.00

Age Group: 12 years and above

 Each participant will be given a paper wheel divided into 6 sections – Scribble warmup, Happiness, Anger, Anxiety/Fear, Sadness/ Depression and How you feel today. For each emotion, participants are encouraged to do an abstract picture and avoid words and recognisable images. They will be asked to think about the colours they associate with each feeling, and then what lines, shapes and gestures could express that feeling. All the wheels will be displayed on a big ‘Wall of Emotion’.

Break The Silence – Prevention of Child Sex Abuse
Chhavi Dawar,Tinky Bhardwaj

24th January 2020
11.00 – 12.30

Age Group: 4 -13 yrs; 13 and above; parents and teachers.

Myths and facts about Child Sex Abuse (CSA). How, where and why does it happen? Indicators and Behaviour

Effects of CSA. Role of Schools and parents in prevention of CSA.

Through a session of empowering and interactive talk, we aim to address the stigma around CSA, provide skills and strength to children through education, and equip them with a sense of personal security. Our members, trained by Tulir, Chennai believe that acceptance of the problem and talking about it is a major step towards prevention.Come, join us in understanding our roles as vigilant citizens in the prevention of child sex abuse and learn to support the children in every possible way. We wish to see a day where every single child is safe in all ways.

Magnifying the Miniature

24th January 2020
14.00 – 14.45 & 15.00 – 15.45

Age Group: 10 years and above, Parents are welcome

Forced to memorize boring dates and historic events, students have developed a dislike for history. Influenced as they are by western culture, most of them have forgotten the beauty of Indian art forms. This workshop is an attempt at making them aware of India’s rich traditional art form—Miniature Painting—in different styles. This DIY (Do-it-yourself) colouring activity introduces students to the tapestry of this age-old and unique Indian art. Children, parents, and teachers are welcome to this workshop to learn about and create Miniature Paintings. Students can also use their paintings for school projects. Please carry an exam pad with you.

Science in Stories
Somdatta Karak, Ashish Bihani, Aditya Undru 

24th January 2020
14.00 – 17.00

Age Group:13 years and above

Is wine good for the heart? Are mobile towers causing cancer? Can fungi shoot spores into space to spread on another planet? What kind of navigation system would ants have used had they evolved on Mars? Responsible fiction writers need to know how to find reliable information on such issues when they want to write on such matters. With fast-growing body of knowledge in natural science and social sciences, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sieve worthwhile information from the worthless. So, if you are an aspiring writer, join this group of young scientists who will show you how fiction using scientifically correct information has enhanced the impact of the work. They will handhold you to look for reliable data from a sea of scientific literature. These will be used by the participants to build a short story during the workshop. The participants can write their stories in English and Hindi.

Wiz- Kwiz on Harry Potter 
Quiz Master: Unnati Ved, Srinidhi Dabriwal

24th January 2020
14.00 – 15.00 

Eager Readers presents to you an ultimate Harry Potter trivia quiz. Inviting all Potter heads in teams of This quiz is not for casual fans it’s for the ultimate Potter fans 
 
Prizes – certificate

Characters Go
Write Club Hyderabad

24th January 2020
14.00 – 17.00

Age Group: 13 years and above

In this concept workshop, we explore how simple observations of people around us shape our distinct perspective. We ask questions such as “What makes this young man sitting in front of me look anxious? Is it his clenched fist or his knitted brow?” We see people around us and try to read what makes them what they are. The workshop begins with a brief journey of the location, and the group splits to identify subjects. Then we proceed with interactive exercises. The participants are encouraged to fill a template with their perspective. To conclude, we share our observations with the group. The experience is open and enriching for participants of all age groups across all demographics. Defying the mechanics of daily life, the participants will have a digital disconnect and observe to appreciate their social surrounding.

Click and Crit with XS: Not a Poetry Review
A Workshop on Writing Micro-Reviews for the Digital Media
Jhilam Chattaraj

24th January 2020
14.00 – 15.30

Age group: 18 Years and above

What?
The aim of the workshop is to share with the participants some methods to write overviews of poems/ poetry collections with brevity and clarity that is suitable for the readers on social media.

Why?
Journals and other conventional publishing platforms take months to publish poetry reviews. Imagine if initiated readers of poetry could formally critique a book or even a poem and share it on social media, thus spreading the word among interested readers and contributing to the sale of the work!

How?
This will be a fun and interactive workshop based on tried and tested literary pathways already charted by XS: Not a Poetry Review. Participants will be given poems/poetry books and encouraged to sharpen their critical claws and at the end, each participant will come up with a short paragraph of curated analytical statement.   

Writing Creative Fiction
Lisa Heidke

25th January 2020
10.00 – 13.00

Age Group: 15 years and above

What are the essential elements of fiction writing? How do writers create storylines? What are the elements of a gripping beginning, a surprising middle, and a satisfying ending? First person? Third person? What is a synopsis?

In this hands-on workshop, participants will discover how to create memorable, and compelling three-dimensional characters, and how to write exciting dialogue and scenes to advance their storyline. They will be given tips and guidelines to make their story and characters stand out. We will study scene construction and narrative descriptions, as well as different points of view to bring the participant’s natural writing voice to life. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of point of view from which a story can be told. Participants will also learn how to write a synopsis—a one-page summary of their story, from which they can develop their creative fiction further.

Write your Novel
Kim Wilkins

25th January 2020
10.00 – 13.00

Age group: 18 Years and above

Many people dream of writing a novel, but getting started can be the most difficult part. If you have an idea for a long-form work of fiction but don’t know what to do next, this workshop will benefit you.

During this three-hour workshop, Kim Wilkins will show you how to conceptualise your idea as a novel, how to plan its structure, and how to generate ideas that will take you from beginning to end. This is a fun and inspirational workshop that will set you on a path to getting your novel started, and ultimately making it all the way to the end.

9-9:30              Introductions and how to generate a premise

9:30-10            Group game: coming up with book blurbs

10-10:30          What is the shape of a novel? Learn about structure and key turning points.

10:30-11          Group game: plot a thriller

11-11:30          Group planning: your first chapter

11:30-12          What next? Q&A

The Long and Short of Haiku – A Comprehension Workshop on Haikai Poetry
Kala Ramesh

25th January 2020
10.00 – 13.00

Age Group: 18 Years and above

Kala Ramesh, an award-winning haikai poet, will hold this 4-hour workshop in which participants will be exposed to the 400-year-old art form from Japan: haiku, senryu and haibun (tight prose embedded with haiku). The workshop will not be just a teaching session but a journey to discover, appreciate and imbibe the art of haikai literature, known for its brevity. The Japanese masters of haiku will be discussed and analysed. Most importantly, each participant will be writing their first haiku and experiencing the joy of sharing their work with others!

Quirky Tales about Animals in Indian History
Archana Garodia Gupta and Shruti Garodia

25th January 2020
10.00 – 11.00

Age Group: 9-12 Years

A look at the history of India through fun tales about animals in Indian history, including Indian dinosaurs, ostriches, dogs,pet cheetahs in Mughal times etc.

Puppet DIY
Haripriya and Meghana

25th January 2020
14.00 – 15.30

Age group: 5–15 years

Puppetry is one of the oldest art forms and practised all over the world. It is a blend of various art forms such as storytelling, mimicry, art-craft and music. During this workshop, children will be introduced to the key elements of ‘Storytelling with the help of puppets’. They will work in groups to design and make puppets and also present a story with them.

Come, Join us! Become a puppeteer for a day and discover the art of puppetry. Together, let us bring stories to life through puppetry-movement and imagination.

Sound Healing
Snigdha Munipally & Vishnu Vimal 

25th January 2020
14.00 – 14.45

Age Group: Open to all

Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve your physical and emotional health. This session is a combination of meditation, singing bowl and vocals.

Breakdown of the session:

05mins – introduction
10mins – meditation
10mins – singing bowl
10mins – Vocals
10mins – combination of both

Finding Your Ikigai 
Sarada Akkineni, Lakshmi Nambiar, Reema Gupta

25th January 2020
14.00 – 14.45

Age Group: Grades 8-12 Years

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that focuses on discovering your “reason for being”.  In this workshop, we will start with a brief discussion on the concept of Ikigai and through a set of structured questions help children learn the difference between passion, skills, and ultimately getting paid for what they do. This will be followed by an exercise on identifying what kind of problems she/he would want to solve when they grow-up. We will break the children into groups based on similar interests and help them delve deeper into the problem and the knowledge/expertise required to solve that particular problem. We hope this workshop will help the participants discover their vocation. This framework can also be used whenever they are at crossroads in life.

Filmi Fun-da – quiz for film lovers 
Quiz Master:  G Mohan  & L Ravichander

25th January 2020
15.00 – 17.00

Open to All! For all moviebuffs, who have been storing all those trivia about the films, the film makers, the stars, the music and the books they are based on, you have a chance to display them and test them at the Film Quiz.

Please show up in teams of two. Even if you do not have a partner, just show up, we will find one for you at the venue.

The quiz will be on fun stuff about serious films and serious stuff about fun films. Films , Indian and Foreign, Old and New, Art and not-so Arty. Mix of direct, visual and audio visual rounds.Do not forget to brush your fundas on Australia and Kerala!

Waste to Art: Upcycling trash 

26th January 2020
10.00 – 13.00

Age group: 12 years and above

While Global Warming is priority concern today, the public discourse on environmental degradation is noisy and often confusing. It can be overwhelming, discouraging and disempowering. 

Upcycling is an empowering and creative way for us individuals to take unique and personal action to reduce our Carbon Footprint. It sensitizes us to a way of life where we recreate ‘trash’ into  objects of beauty imbued with our creativity. And discards find a second life of utility.

This workshop offers ideas and skills in a workshop format for those who want to take the Initiative and creative action themselves.

Sangeeta Bhalla is an Upcycler, Artist, Designer, Film maker. Her exhibition ‘The Everyday Upcycling Initiative’ may be viewed at HLF too.

Lit Quiz – Classics in English Literature
Quiz Master: Bhudeb Chakravarti 

26th January 2020
10:00 am – 11:30 pm

We live in a world where phones are bursting with notifications, where every single minute there is a new video on Youtube, a new show on Netflix and a new topic to debate on social media. Do we really have the time to read some complicated text which requires multi-layered thought, slows us down and may require us to re-read and think for a minute?

It is time to unlearn the shallowness and impatience of the hyper-accelerated 21st century life, and to provide our minds with the kind of stimulation it craves. It is time to pick up a Classic and get lost in the complex and beautiful world the author creates for us through rich, evocative and powerful prose. Welcome to a quiz on Classic Literature to lift you from the fickle and fast world of the internet into the beautiful world of stories.

Cliffhanger: Quiz on Rocks –  Society to Save Rocks
Quiz Master: Amardeep Singh

26th January 2020
14.00 – 15.30

Test your knowledge on our rocky heritage. Questions will be on rocks in Hyderabad, the Deccan, India and the world. The Quiz will have groups of 4–5 participants (up to a maximum of 10 groups) to compete with each-other.  There will be prizes for the winning group and the runner-up group.

Walk, Sketch and Blog at HLF
Write Club Hyderabad

26th January 2020
14.00 – 17.00

Duration: 240 minutes
Age Group: 13 Years and above

We usually associate a busy road with smoke, noise, and vehicles, but it could also be the aroma of street food, age-old shops, and many neglected artefacts. We often walk across a place not realising the essence of the place. The imagery, the elements, the people, and the mood define the unique perspective of a place. In this workshop, we experience the Hyderabad Literary Festival through observational experience. The workshop begins with a guided journey of the festival to discover every nook and corner. The participants pick their subjects, and through a course of interactive exercises, the participants will blog their experience. The participants can sketch, write, paint and use any chosen form of expression. The participants then share their work with the group. Walk, Sketch and Blog is an experience that is fun and fascinating across all age groups and demographics.

Story Telling and Poetry writing
Unnati Ved, Srinidhi Dabriwal 

26th January 2020
14.00 – 15.30

Duration: 90 mins
Age group: 6 to 9 yrs

Reading aloud is an important tool to build the oratory skills of kids in primary school. Pronunciation, comprehension, listening skills and many such skills are enhanced through reading aloud. At Eager Readers we champion this cause of reading aloud to kids with voiceovers, modulation, sound effects to give stories a life.

There is no better way to improve children’s creative writing skills than to introduce them to poetry at an early age. Rhythms and rhymes have been part of growing up, yet children in primary school fall out of touch with poetry all too soon. We are here to revive this and kids will enjoy this session with us.

Eager Readers is a reading, public speaking and drama school for children age 3 and above.

Befriend Your Breath
Shakuntala, Anisha

26th January 2020
14.00 – 16.00

We have all experienced some form of stress, anxiety, restlessness, dullness, or inertia in our lives sometime of the other. These situations affect our mental and emotional well-being. The mind and the breath are deeply connected. Once we understand our breath and learn to regulate it we can have better control over our emotions and experiences and our state of being. In this experiential workshop, we will take you through the various components of breath, how to connect with it and gain some level of comfort with it. We will teach you tools and techniques to continue your exploration of breath and share a starting point towards establishing a lifelong friendship with your breath. The goal is to bring the healing wisdom of yoga as a complimentary system of health within the reach of everyone through. This programme has been curated by YogaVahini under the guidance of Smt. Saraswathi Vasudevan.