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Caferati's editors are helping curate the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
We have a bunch of contests, writing-related workshops and participatory events for children and adults at Kala Ghoda this year. For more information and information on how to register, please follow the links below.
All links below the fold..
If you subscribe to the Caferati Contests newsletter, you already know about this, but just in case..
(These contests are open to anyone anywhere. But, for logistical reasons, we can't send prizes outside India. Winners would need to have someone in India who we can send prizes to.)
Our very popular contests for writers are now open to entries.
The deadline for submissions is the end of the 8th February, 2008. Here are the links for more details:
This contest is, by its nature, open to people in Bombay only. Or to people willing to pay their own way to Bombay if they qualify.
And these workshops, alas, are also only open to people in the city or those willing to get there on their own.
A series of fun, interactive sessions for children of different ages
(All children's events are in English.)
A Mystery for MindNuts - by Aniruddha Sengupta
Sketching Stories - by Nilima Eriyat
Be an Art Detective - by Saker Mistri
There's Poetry Everywhere - by Anushka Ravishankar
And then what happened? - by Jane Bhandari & Marilyn Noronha
Little Pencils - by Neeru Nanda
Creating the Story Space - by Chatura Rao
What If? An introduction to the World of Speculative Fiction - by Anshumani Ruddra
Some workshops for adults too.
Translating Marathi Poetry (in Marathi and English) - by Sachin Ketkar
Writing Fiction (in English) - by Omair Ahmad
The Shape of the Poem (in English) - by Ranjit Hoskote
Mumbai Diary's Hinglish Workshop - by Jerry Pinto
Creative Writing (in Marathi) - by Sachin Ketkar
Art Criticism (in Marathi) - by Shashikant Sawant
What Every Writer should know about Publishing (in English) - by Urvashi Butalia & Anita Roy
Writing for the Stage (in English) - by Anuvab Pal
Song-writing (in English) - by Jeet Thayil & Suman Sridhar
Pulp Fiction (in English) - by Kaveri Lalchand, Rakesh Khanna, Rashmi Devadasan & Pritham K Chakravarthy (Blaft)
Freelance Journalism (in English) - by Kavitha Rao
Also on the cards:
- A workshop in Hindi, an introduction to the art and craft of writing for TV serials. As soon as we have the details, we'll post it to the Kala Ghoda Gazette. You'll find the announcement filed under Workshops & Seminars.
- A Literature Quiz. If this works out, there will be a short preliminary round, open to all, where you will have to answer a questionnaire. The winners of that round will go through to the live quiz. We'll post this to the Gazette too, if it works out, under Contests.
We would be very grateful if you could help us publicise our workshops and contests by sending this out to your personal and writing-related mailing lists. Lit @ KGAF relies almost totally on word-of-mouth publicity to get the word out. For the workshops, since we haven't cracked getting them online so far, our target is people in Bombay. But the writing contests are open to anyone anywhere, with the caveat that logistics prevent us from sending prize money outside India, so we're aiming those at people who have an India connection where money can be sent if they win.
We're very ambitiously scaling up to include children's workshops and workshops in Marathi and Hindi this year, to make the Festival more inclusive, so we'd particularly appreciate your help in those areas. So, aside from colleges and writing groups, if you have contacts in schools and the teacher network, or with parents of young children, or with writers in Marathi and Hindi who can help us reach their audiences, please do help us by sending this to them.
Thanks very much,
(And also for Sriram, Annie, Janhavi, Hemant, Manisha, Rashmi, and our enthusiastic young interns, Neha, Ridhima, Ayesha and Naomi, collectively the Literature curating team, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival)
If you are on Facebook, please join our Lit @ KGAF group to get updates on other events.
And if you for some reason can't attend KGAF, we'll miss you, but do please follow the Kala Ghoda Gazette for regular exclusive reports not just on the literature events but for the entire festival. We have a bunch of blogger friends signed up to report for us.