The art of storytelling, the magic of movement, the nuances of writing a biography, and adapting stories for the stage… Four workshops in the city, organised as part of The Hindu Lit For Life, strive to take you through various facets of art

Telling Lives: Theory, Practice And Craft Of Writing Biography

A.R. Venkatachalapathy, historian, author, translator and Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, will conduct a workshop on the nuances of writing of a biography. Not just theoretical issues, the art and craft of writing biographies will be tackled as well.

Participants: 30

Date and Time: January 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Requirement: Participants are expected to have read at least a few biographies before attending the workshop. A few select readings will also be circulated before the workshop.

Mindscreens: Movements Through Imaginary Landscapes

Anita Ratnam, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer and advocate of contemporary dance, will conduct a movement session that will look into the body’s response to various landscapes and locations — from animals and birds to mountains, oceans and deserts. Come, be a part of this enlightening dance experience.

Participants: 30

Date and Time: January 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Requirement: Participants are requested to wear comfortable clothing and bring a soft cloth to tie around their eyes since some exercises will be conducted blindfolded. This workshop is not recommended for those with back aches, any physical or muscle ailments.

Tell Me A Story

Join Vikram Sridhar in a theatre-based storytelling workshop for children where they will be introduced to expression through body and voice. With group-based activities in store and a surprise task at the end, this is going to be both educative and inspiring for young minds. Vikram Sridhar is a storyteller connecting the age-old oral tradition in a contemporary form to the new-age listeners.

Participants: 30 divided into two batches of 15

Age group: Nine to 12

Date and Time: January 11 and 13, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

From Page To Stage: Bringing A Story Alive

Join Nikhila Kesavan in a workshop on the process of creating and directing original stage adaptations. This workshop will particularly discuss the process of adapting novels and short stories for stage. It will delve into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of this journey and also discuss stage adaptations, in terms of selection of texts, scripting, designing and direction. Nikhila Kesavan is as an actor and director in English theatre in Chennai.

Participants: 30

Date and Time: January 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hindu Lit For Life is to be held from January 11 to 13.

Bookstore partner: Starmark

Hospitality partner: The Leela Palace, Chennai

Event partner: Aura

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Bookstore partner: Starmark Hospitality partner: The Leela Palace, Chennai Event Partner: Aura


Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium, Lady Andal School, Harrington Road, Chetpet

Fee: Rs. 500

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