This workshop is aimed at poets, performance poets and writers who wish to discover an organic connection between the body and their creative process and performers who wish to discover the ‘sensuous logic’ of language and develop their own textual material. It is also open to photographers and other creative professionals
The workshop takes its inspiration from the philosophy of the Bauls of Bengal, who consider the body as the beginning and end of all wisdom. Through images and metaphors of the body, over the centuries they have developed an immense tradition of mystical poetry, which they bring to life through their singing and dancing. In deed, in every world culture; song, dance and poetic utterance spring from the same source.
In our more ‘modern’ times though, the intellect and the body are fundamentally divorced. In this workshop, we will try to reconnect the two. Based on the “Sahrudaya” approach to performance developed by The Arshinagar Project, the workshop will start with a fundamental awareness of the breath and the rhythmic, awakened body. Through movement we will unlock memories and images buried in our imagination, and we will respond to these images through writing. The work will happen both through specific exercises as well as through improvisation.
About the Facilitator: Arka Mukhopadhyay won the TFA Award for Creative Writing for his poetry in 2008 and was short-listed for the Rayaprol prize in 2010. His work has appeared in Pyrta, Drunken Boat, The Battered Suitcase, Jaggery and many other publications. His work in performance has won fellowships from the Ministry of Culture and the Inlaks Foundation. His most recent solo piece, “If It Be Now – Fragments and Impressions of Hamlet”, has been performed all over India.
Dates: June 5th and 6th
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
134, 1st A Main Road KHB Colony, 5th Block Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095, India