Sunday, June 5, 2022

Finding Your Voice: Call for Applications


Toto Funds the Arts

in association with Our Theatre Collective


is inviting applications for a workshop on


Finding Your Voice

by Anmol Vellani

 

 




Venue: Our Theatre Studio, #298, 3rd floor, 8th A Main Rd, 4th                 Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, 560034.

Dates: 25 & 26 June (Saturday & Sunday), 2022.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


This two-day voice workshop, conducted by Anmol Vellani, is intended for performing artists, teachers and others who use their voice extensively in their professional lives. The workshop will explore the whole physiological apparatus of voice production. It will focus on how breathing and the use of the palate, resonators and muscles in the torso influence the quality and fullness of the voice. 


Among the questions the workshop will address are: How do you protect your voice from strain and damage? How do you set your voice and discover its natural pitch? Which vocal habits inhibit the quality and fullness of your voice? How should you breathe and use your muscles to ensure effortless and strong voice projection?

    


Eligibility and deadline


The workshop will be restricted to 20 participants between the ages of 18 and 40.


To apply, please send a bio-note and a short statement of interest, especially a few lines on what you see as the challenges and problems you have with your voice. Applications should be submitted latest by Friday, 17 June 2022 by email to sarita.tfaindia@gmail.com. Please also attach a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination certificate.  


Selected participants will be expected to memorise a few lines of a text for the workshop, preferably an excerpt from a speech or a play, in a language which they are most comfortable speaking.


Fee (non-refundable): Rs 3,500 (inclusive of tea/coffee and snacks; participants are responsible for their own lunch.



About the facilitator


Anmol Vellani is the founder and former executive director of the India Foundation for the Arts, an independent philanthropic organisation. He has directed theatre productions in different languages and locations in India and abroad. Anmol works regularly with performing artists on such subjects as voice, character building and script analysis, and conducts creativity workshops for corporate executives and management students. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

TFA Creative Journeys Eleventh Edition Featuring Author Saikat Majumdar

Toto Funds the Arts

and

Bangalore International Centre

are delighted to invite you to

the eleventh edition of TFA’s series 

Creative Journeys

The Writing Life: Passion? Vocation? Profession?

by the author

Saikat Majumdar 


Date: Friday, 29 April 2022.  Time: 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Bangalore International Centre, 7, 4th Main Road, Stage 2 Domlur, Bengaluru 71

Saikat will be in conversation with Basav Biradar who is a writer, filmmaker and visiting faculty at Azim Premji University. 

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Ashoka University. His most recent book is The Middle Finger, a campus novel that examines the intricacy of the teacher-student relation through the lens of ancient myths. Previous novels include The Scent of God (2019), a story of romantic love between two boys in a Hindu monastic boarding school, and The Firebird (2015), which narrates a young boy’s destructive relation with the art form of theatre through his mother’s life as an actress. The Scent of God was one of Times of India’s Most Talked About Books of 2019 and a finalist for the inaugural Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award, and The Firebird was finalist at the Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize and the Mumbai Film Festival Word-to-Screen Market. Saikat has also published a work of nonfiction, College (2018), of literary criticism, Prose of the World (2013), and a co-edited collection of essays, The Critic as Amateur (2019).

The TFA Creative Journeys is a series of talks, providing a platform for both younger and more 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, Susmit Sen, Neel Chaudhuri with The Tadpole Repertory, Jayant Kaikini, MD Pallavi and Benyamin.


The Craft of Fiction – An Introductory Workshop

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) in association with Bangalore International Centre is pleased to announce a workshop on creative writing by Saikat Majumdar

 Venue: Bangalore International Centre, 7, 4th Main Road, Stage 2 Domlur, Bengaluru 560 071
Date: Friday 29 April 2022
Time:  2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
(This is a free workshop)

Note to applicants (between 18 and 35 years):
We can only accommodate 15 participants on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email your brief bio and 300 words on why you want to join this workshop to tfaindia84@gmail.com by April 27 5.00 pm at the latest.
We urge the participants to visit Saikat’s website – www.saikatmajumdar.com to learn more about his work and read excerpts from his books. 

About the workshop:
Is fiction unreal? Does it have to be invented? What is the place of the real in fiction? Where does reality end, and the fictional begin? Does fiction involve telling a story? Is it possible to have fiction without a story? What is the relation between the modern literary genres of the novel and the short story with ancient forms of storytelling?
 Is it possible to learn to write? In a classroom? Is it teachable? Is it like the technical art forms – filmmaking, sculpture, photography? How important are technicalities in literature? If life and language are all we need, is our everyday life the best classroom for creative writers? What place does creative writing have next to other university subjects – literature, history, sociology, the sciences, the performing arts?
 We will examine these questions, and Saikat will share his own process of writing, and the experience crafting different dimensions of fiction. A discussion will be followed by a writing exercise. Participants will subsequently be invited to share their work with the group and exchange feedback.

About the facilitator:
SAIKAT MAJUMDAR is a Professor of English & Creative Writing at Ashoka University. His most recent book is The Middle Finger, a campus novel that examines the intricacy of the teacher-student relation through the lens of ancient myths. Previous novels include The Scent of God (2019), a story of romantic love between two boys in a Hindu monastic boarding school, and The Firebird (2015), which narrates a young boy’s destructive relation with the art form of theatre through his mother’s life as an actress. The Scent of God was one of Times of India’s Most Talked About Books of 2019 and a finalist for the inaugural Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award, and The Firebird was finalist at the Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize and the Mumbai Film Festival Word-to-Screen Market. Saikat has also published a work of nonfiction, College (2018), of literary criticism, Prose of the World (2013), and a co-edited collection of essays, The Critic as Amateur (2019).

Monday, February 7, 2022

Toto Awards 2022: Programme Schedule and Details

 TOTO AWARDS 2022

10-19 February


All events can be accessed on TFA’s YouTube channel: 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCgJW3N0O8eN8T7froVx53wg


Thursday, 10 February, 6 p.m.

Reflections on Photography: Expressing the Self and Engaging the World

Speakers: Vijay Sarathy, Prakash Bhuyan, Farheen Fatima and Brishbhanu Baruah

Moderator: Anshika Varma

While visual storytelling through photography is in a constant state of flux, the medium is often used also as an outlet for self-expression, navigating the ideas of memory and longing. How do personal experiences influence and impart unique approaches to documentary or other forms of photography? Four photographers shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Photography Awards speak with Anshika Varma (photographer, curator and the founder of Offset Projects) about a range of lens-based approaches to photography as documentation and self-expression.

The TOTO Photography Awards are supported by the Art & Photography Foundation


Friday, 11 February, 6 p.m.

Looking Ahead: New Generation of Filmmakers - I

Speakers: Shubham Ghatge and Megha Shetty

Moderator:  Priyanka Chhabra


Sunday, 13 February, 6 p.m.

Looking Ahead: New Generation of Filmmakers - II

Speakers: Akshay Ingle and Aakash Chhabra

Moderator:  Priya Naresh

To celebrate the remarkable work of the filmmakers shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Awards for Short Film, the shortlisted films will be available for viewing from 7 February 2022 to 13 February 2022 via the following links: 

Daura by Shubham Ghatge: https://youtu.be/Xa1JKE93vsM

Enso by Megha Shetty: https://youtu.be/VAjWIlKVdi8

Mahalle’s school – family going live by Akshay Ingle: https://youtu.be/pq_g81uhDsE

Mintgumri by Aakash Chhabra: https://vimeo.com/651192199/83782845e3

These films respectively portray in poignant and unique ways, resilience in the face of socio-political absurdities, personal grief, the inevitable challenges of ageing, and the unexpected and sudden changes in the conditions of living. How did the filmmakers approach such difficult subjects? What inspired them to make films? How do they envision their future film practice? To help us understand this and more, award-winning filmmakers Priyanka Chhabra and Priya Naresh will converse with the shortlisted filmmakers over two live Zoom sessions. 

Register in advance for Session I:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuceyrrjgiGdeYUQ34RJKXpLxZShX0byb4
Register in advance for Session II:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdOihrDwrEtKHWi_KBgnKM5ZshfNc_U86
You can also
participate in these conversations via the links below:

Facebook - https://bit.ly/3AZ9NNU or YouTube - https://bit.ly/3shjELe or Instagram - https://bit.ly/3Jb2mWX

The TOTO Short Film Awards are supported by O2 Financials


Saturday, 12 February, 6 p.m.

Love, Loneliness and Magical Beings: New Writing in English

Speakers:  Priyanka Sutaria, Aswin Vijayan, Uday Kanungo and Solomon Maria Donald 

Moderator:  Radhika Iyengar

Romance and rootlessness, the supernatural and the all too human are themes that vie for our attention in the prose and poetry shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Awards for Creative Writing in English. Radhika Iyengar (independent journalist who writes on arts, culture, marginalised communities, history and gender) talks to shortlisted writers about their processes, the inspirations for their creativity and the challenges they face as young writers.

The TOTO Awards for Creative Writing in English are supported by Mani Rao Foundation and Naboneeta Majumdar (in memory of Dipali and Nitai Majumdar)              


Thursday, 17 February, 6 p.m.

Worlds within Words: Young Writers in Kannada

Speakers:  Dadapeer Jyman, Rattihalli Raghavankura and Krishna Devangamath

Moderator:  Preethi Nagaraj

What can you fit into a word? Almost everything, say Dadapeer Jyman, Rattihalli Raghavankura and Krishna Devangamath, the writers shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Award for Creative Writing in Kannada. Conversing with writer-journalist Preethi Nagaraj, they speak about their choice of expression and the kind of politics that informs their writing  

The TOTO Award for Creative Writing in Kannada is supported by Bhoomija Trust

Friday, 18 February, 6 p.m.

Night of the Nominee – Virtual Edition

Performers/Speakers: Ranjani Ramadoss, Niranjan Joshi and Kevin Shaji 

Moderator:  Vishruti Bindal

Get to know the three young musicians shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Award for Music: singer/composer Ranjani Ramadoss aka RANJ, pianist Niranjan Joshi, and producer/composer Kevin Shaji aka Pina Colada Blues. In conversation with them will be Vishruti Bindal, who is herself a music artist and music professional. The conversation will cover a range of topics—from releasing music through the pandemic and working with the Internet as the main medium of outreach to drawing from various facets of their lives in India as inspiration for their music. The shortlisted musicians will also be premiering live versions of one of their songs, exclusively recorded for this event.

The TOTO Award for Music is supported by Badri Vishal


Saturday, 19 February, 6 p.m.

The Toto Awards 2022

Now in its eighteenth year, the annual TOTO Awards celebrate emerging artistic talent in India. There are eight awards to be won—two for English Creative Writing, one for Kannada Creative Writing, two for Photography, two for Short Film and one for Music. Every winner will receive a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a handsome trophy, except for the winner of the Music Award, who will receive Rs. 60,000. Witness the work of all writers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians who have been shortlisted for the 2022 TOTO Awards and discover the names of the winners.

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All six events leading up to the Awards ceremony have been supported by Sucheta, Rashmi, Madhavi and Deepti (in memory of their late father  Shantinath Desai, a pioneering modernist in Kannada literature).