Monday, April 24, 2017

Non-fiction Writing Workshop

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA), 
LeftWord Books & Mount Carmel College (Autonomous) 
invite you to apply for a non-fiction writing workshop by

Vijay Prashad
(author and journalist)

Venue: Mount Carmel College (Autonomous), 58, Palace Road, Vasanthanagar, Bangalore 560 052
Date: Sunday 28 May 2017
Time:  10 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. 
Fee: NIL. It’s free!
(Coffee/tea will be served, make your own arrangements for lunch)
Does non-fiction writing grab you? Are you concerned about the world around you, and do you want to write about it? Write both faster AND better? Then this is the workshop for you.

Vijay Prashad, internationally renowned author and editor of numerous books, who is also the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, will lead this intensive and participatory workshop to help you hone your writing skills. Here's an interview with Vijay on writing.

NOTE: The workshop, which is open to those above 18 and will be conducted in English, is NOT a creative writing workshop.

HOW TO APPLY: Write to us at, subject line "Writing workshop", mentioning your age and contact number, and tell us
— Who you are and why you want to do this workshop (max 150 words)
— Why you liked a recent book you read — don't review the book, just tell us why you liked it (max 150 words)


Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2013-14, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. His book The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (2007) was chosen as the Best Nonfiction book by the Asian American Writers' Workshop in 2008 and it won the Muzaffar Ahmed Book Award in 2009. Vijay is also a journalist. He writes regularly for Frontline, The HinduAlternet and BirGun, and is a contributing editor for Himal Southasian. Since 2015, Vijay has been working as Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Screening of Films on Theatre and Heritage by Ramchandra P. N.

Toto Funds the Arts

is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of

Films on Theatre and Heritage

by Ramchandra P.N.

Miyar House || B.V. Karanth: Baba || Rice and Rasam 

Dates: Saturday, 18 February & Sunday, 19 February 2017
Time: 5.00 p.m. on Saturday and 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Sunday
Venue: Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road
Bengaluru-560 001 

Ramchandra PN is an award-winning Mumbai-based filmmaker. A 1991 graduate of FTII, Pune, he has been making documentaries, features, short films and TV programmes. Nomads, migrant workers, refugees, ‘untouchables’ and HIV-Aids have been some of the subjects of his films. His first feature, Suddha (The Cleansing Rites), won him the Best Indian Film at the Osian Cinefan Festival of Asian Films in 2006. It also won the Hubart Bals Distribution Grant, following which he screened the film in about 100 villages in coastal Karnataka. His second feature Putaani Party (The Kid Gang) won the National Award for Best Children’s Film in 2009.
The filmmaker’s 200-year-old ancestral house in a remote village of Miyar in Karnataka is dismantled, giving him an opportunity to undertake a journey into a past that he shares not only with his extended family but also with successive generations of rural Indians. A realisation of the inevitability of a transition marks this journey, which could well be the journey of a country that has propelled itself into modernity. As plans are on for the house to be reconstructed in an open-air museum, divorced from its original context, the fossilisation seems to be complete.
The film captures the daily struggles, routines, joys, conflicts, and the nomadic lives of an ensemble of professional artists of two units of a touring theatre company in Karnataka, as they struggle to remain relevant and survive amidst dwindling audiences, and in the face of rapidly changing economic, cultural and political contexts. Asserting the unique ‘live experience’ that only his theatre can provide, and holding these two units together is Rajanna Jewargi and his extended family. Also featured is Nagesh Gubbi, who had managed the most famous theatre company in Karnataka, the Gubbi Company, that later collapsed.
B.V. KARANTH: BABA (2012) 
The film traces B.V. Karanth’s journey from the village of Babukodi in Mangalore to professional theatre in Mysore under the then famous Gubbi Company, to his musical tutelage in Varanasi and then to the national arena in New Delhi at the National School of Drama, from where he hopped onto the cultural bandwagon of Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal before returning to his roots as the head of Rangayana in Mysore. The thoughts and experiences of this man who influenced the history of modern Indian theatre have been captured in his own words in an autobiography compiled by eminent Kannada writer Vaidehi, on which the film is based.


18 February, Saturday, 5.00 p.m. 
Miyar Mané (Miyar House) (76 minutes)
Moderator - Basav Biradar
Discussants - Meera Iyer, Saparya Varma, Sundar Sarukkai, Ramchandra P.N.

19 February, Sunday, 2.30 p.m.
Anna Saaru (Rice and Rasam) (52 minutes)
Moderator - Basav Biradar
Discussants - Sreepathi Manjana Baliu, Sharada G.S., Karthik V. Gowtham,
Ramchandra P.N.

19 February, Sunday, 5.00 p.m.
B.V. Karanth: Baba (93 minutes)
Moderator - Basav Biradar 

Discussants - Laxmi Chandrashekhar, Mangala Nagaraj Rao, Sathwik N. N., Ramchandra P.N.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Creative Journey 7: Tadpole Repertory

Toto Funds the Arts
British Council Library, Bangalore
are delighted to invite you to
the seventh talk of our series Creative Journeys
Neel Chaudhuri, Bikram (Momo) Ghosh and Kriti Pant
(co-founders of The Tadpole Repertory)

This creative journey will focus on The Tadpole Repertory, a Delhi-based theatre collective of actors, writers, musicians and designers. Neel Chaudhuri will speak about his association with Tadpole as a writer and director, while Bikram Ghosh and Kriti Pant will talk about their role as actors in the Repertory.

Date: Sunday, 22 January 2017.  Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum)

NEEL CHAUDHURI is a playwright, and founder and artistic director of The Tadpole Repertory. The group is dedicated to presenting original writing and devised performances on compelling subjects. Neel studied history and film and was the artistic director of The First City Theatre Foundation from 2006 to 2009 when he wrote and directed his first five plays. His work includes Taramandal, winner of the Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award in 2010; Still and Still Moving (2011), developed in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre in London; and most recently, A Brief History of the Pantomimes. Neel is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in New York, and PLUTO, a coalition of international theatre directors. He is currently touring with This Will Only Take Several Minutes, a collaboration between Tadpole and Hanchu-Yuei, a theatre collective from Tokyo.

BIKRAM (MOMO) GHOSH is an actor, storyteller and Tadpole’s company manager. He works with young people in schools and workshops, builds comedy revues and writes short stories for children. He is also the director of NDLS, a variety sketch show about life in Delhi.

KRITI PANT is an actor who works across different styles, media and communities.  Her past stage work ranges from the Shakespeare in Schools project to Patrick Marber’s Closer. Kriti has toured North America as an actor in Tim Supple's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Theatre MXT’s Success.

Creative Journeys is a series of talks, providing a platform for young and experienced writers, filmmakers, performing artists and visual artists to speak about the influences, impulses, processes and thinking that have shaped the art they produce. 

Previous speakers have been Gieve Patel, Sunil Shanbag, Surupa Sen, Jitish Kallat, Sampurna Chattarji and Susmit Sen.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winners of the Toto Awards 2017

The winners of the Toto Awards 2017 were revealed at Toto Awards function yesterday.

They are:

For Music:
Disco Puppet (Shoumik Biswas)

For Photography:
Sutirtha Chatterjee
Kekhriezhazo Miachieo

For Creative Writing (English):
Aravind Jayan
Sohini Basak   

For Creative Writing (Kannada):
Rajashekara C

For Short Film:
Archana Chandrashekar
Medini Kelamane

TFA congratulates the winners!

We would like to express our gratitude to all the musicians, photographers, writers and filmmakers who applied for the Toto Awards 2017. Without their participation, there would be no Toto Awards.
Those who have never won a Toto are eligible to apply again in future years.