Sessions on sand, clouds, trees at Lit Fest
When the Times Lit Fest returns for another spectacular run of literary events this winter and poets, authors, and artistes gather to celebrate the written and spoken word from December 14 to 16, don’t miss out on the hands-on workshops on the side lines of the festival specially designed to tap the response among youths and adults to current affairs focused on gender, sustainability, mental health and art.
Nothing rivals variety, drama and ephemeral beauty as much as nature that will be a prime focus of the workshops with three sessions dedicated to the natural world – sand, clouds and trees. Only a few people may have looked at fleeting clouds and not imagined a face or a form against the blue background.
For founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, which has over 43,000 members in 119 countries, Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s session should draw even those who may not have a technical interest in clouds as he teaches people to distinguish between the floating round puffs and gets them to write a haiku poem on a cloud they photograph on their smartphone. German artist Anne Loeper will invite participants above 12 to discover how she works with her medium – the loose and restive sand – and film a video clip of the story that they learn to create and paint in sand. One can also explore the metaphysical life that binds human to trees with writer Sumana Roy and go birdwatching around Mehboob Studio with Bikram Grewal, Sumit Sen and Panchami Manoo Ukil.
With a focus on pressing gender issues of our times, Aparna Jain, leadership coach and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace will tell stories of some inspiring women to discuss gender, sexism, mental health and caste. MPower that has been trying to create awareness and challenge stigmas around mental health issues will host music and dance therapy sessions as an expressive non-verbal tool to restore, maintain, and improve psychological and physiological health.
Sustainability being another concern, interactive hands-on sessions on how to produce ‘Net Zero Waste’ will invite those above 10 years to participate in a fun team challenge game with Mridula Ramesh, an active angel investor in cleantech startups. The centrepiece at this year’s lit fest will be a piece of installation art expected to emerge from a creative art and story-telling session in the hands of art students led by graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee. Called the water opera, it is intended to be a multi-character installation about water and its centrality in our lives.
“The running thread through the workshops is about helping people step out of the microcosm that they live in, look beyond their race against time, traffic or teammates and see things more holistically,” explained Saloni Jhaveri, curator of the workshops.
(To register for the workshops please log into www.timeslitfest.com)
Aparna Jain (above) will discuss gender, sexism while Mridula Ramesh will host a fun team challenge game