Thursday, December 26, 2013

Toto Festival Programme

Glimpsing the Future of the Arts in India

January 10 & 11, 2014

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 
Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore.

The Toto Festival is being held to mark the tenth year of the Toto Awards. It features sessions on the arts with which the Toto Awards is associated—music, photography, creative writing and short films—highlighting new developments in these forms of artistic expression and providing a glimpse into the likely future of the arts in India. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Photography Session: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Auditorium)


With the arrival of digital technology, a photographic image can be modified in limitless ways. It can also acquire new meanings by the insertion of other media (text or paintings, for example) into its frame, by projecting it onto materials such as buildings and bodies, or by placing it alongside other images. In this session, four photographers will show and discuss how and why their work has relied on technological interventions, larger frames of reference or new contexts of viewing to transform how their images are received. 

Presenters: Sameer Mohan, Ramya Reddy, Kannagi Khanna and Niha Masih / Moderator: Giridhar Khasnis

English Creative Writing Session: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Dance Studio)

1. WRITING AFTER THE TOTO AWARD: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Writers of short fiction, non-fiction and plays will read their recent work and discuss the trajectory of their writing after they won the Toto Award. 

Panelists: Neel Choudhuri, Sneha Rajaram, Abhishek Majumdar and Deepika Arwind / Moderator: Nisha Susan

2. SCRAMBLING THE FORM: 3:15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

In urban India, where individuals constantly travel between languages and negotiate between the demands of entirely different worlds, writers may look to new, scrambled forms of expression—such as the graphic novel and non-fiction—that can bear the weight of new experience. These scrambled forms could also be seen to reflect an era of laziness characterised not by creation but by imitation, by the constant cannibalising of old forms. This session brings together writers and readers to understand the experiences that experiments with form provide.

Panelists: Amitesh Grover, Rashmi Devadasan, Srinath Perur, Joshua Muyiwa, Pratheek Thomas and Namita Malhotra / Moderator: Arul Mani

3. LITERARY QUIZ: 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

A literary quiz, conducted by Arul Mani, for registered participants. The winner and runner-up will receive book coupons as prizes. 

The Toto Festival Concert: 7 p.m. onwards (Auditorium)

This music concert, tracking recent impulses in contemporary urban music in India, features Until We Last (Bangalore), Sandunes (Mumbai) and Sulk Station (Bangalore). It covers the genres of post-rock, electronica and downtempo trip-hop, and has been curated by Abhijeet Tambe, whose band Lounge Piranha won the Toto Music Award in 2007.   

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Film Session: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Auditorium)

1. SCREENING OF SHORT FILMS: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Screening of short films by Anoop Sathyan, one of the winners of the Toto Award for Short Films in 2013, and by Diksha Grover and Anusha Nandakumar, who were awarded jury commendations in the same year. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and the audience. 

Moderator: Anna Thomas  

2. THE MACHINERY OF CINEMA: 11:45 to 1 p.m.

This session focuses on the broad context of filmmaking in India today and the challenges that budding filmmakers will confront. The panelists will provide practical suggestions on fundraising and budgeting for films, proposing and pitching film ideas, scripting and editing, technological developments, publicity and distribution, and/or shooting in different formats and with a variety of equipment. They will draw upon their experience to help young filmmakers cope with real world of filmmaking.

Panelists: Sumantra Ghosal, Ruchi Bhimani and Pawan Kumar / Moderator: Vandana Menon

Kannada Creative Writing Session: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Dance Studio)


Senior literary figures in Kannada share memories about their early writing and glance at the work of a new generation of writers. Young writers speak about and read from the most inspiring work of their seniors. This session also features a poetry reading by Mounesh Badigar, the winner of the first Toto Award for Creative Writing in Kannada, and a song by Bappi Blossom. 

Panelists: Dr. Siddalingaiah, S. Manjunath, H. S. Venkatesh Murthy, Arif Raja, Indrakumar H. B., Akshata Hunchadakatte, Manjunath V. M., Kanada Raghava and Shreedevi Kalasad / Moderators: Vikram Hathwar and Mounesh Badiger

Toto Awards: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Eight Toto Awards will be given in five categories: two for Creative Writing in English, one for Creative Writing in Kannada, two for Photography, two for Short Films, and one for Music. The work of the winners and short-listed artists will be featured at the event.

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