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Pomegranate’s Aug – Sep Workshops for Children and Adults

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Pomegranate’s Aug – Sep Workshops for Children and Adults

What’s Your Story?

A creative writing workshop where children create unique characters, understand the importance of setting and plot in fiction, explore the genre of play-writing where you give characters dialogues, explore world-building through adventure/fantasy writing, this workshop has a wide range of exposure and fun!

Fees: 5,800/- including all materials
Dates: August 25th, September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th
Timings: 2pm to 4pm
Age Group: 8-13 years
A Brush with Art!
Painting Inside Ancient Buddhist Caves!
An on-site storytelling and art session at Kanheri Caves –Nestled in the midst of thick jungles in Borivali the Kanheri caves give us an insight to a very important period in Indian civilization. Participate in this engaging walk and practical art session where you create charcoal sketches of this historic site.

Fees: 2,700/- including all taxes and materials
Venue:  Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali
Date:  September  1st
Timing:  9:30am to 12:30pm
Age Group: 18 years and above

A  Brush with Art!

The Stories in Art!

Stories in Art are not restricted to any one country or era. We saw these narratives form as cave men rendered stories of hunting and celebration of harvest through simple images. Come explore a plethora of Indian art styles that form a montage of history and fall under the realm of narrative art. Be it the Buddhist manuscripts from the North East, the Miniatures, Folk art like Gond, Warli, Madhubani, Kalighat and more. Create narratives through your own art works after the engaging discussion.

Fees: 2,250/- including all taxes and materials
Date: September 15th
Timing: 11am to 2pm
Age Group: 18 years and above


Workshop Venue
The Pomegranate Workshop
Gr. Flr, ‘Kalpana’
Plot no. 14, Marubai Mandir Road,
Next to Don Bosco School
Matunga (East) – 400 019
(Near Don Bosco School)
About Faculty:
What’s Your Story Module:
Apeksha Harsh holds an MA in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She also has an MA in Writing from The University of Warwick, UK.
Apeksha’s work both short stories and poetry have been published in Under the Radar, Ambit, Fusion, Here Comes Everyone and Eunoia Review
During her time in the UK, she penned the Japanese folktale-based opera Kaguyahime for Operamus. She also taught creative writing to Grade 3 students at St John’s Primary School, Coventry as part of the Warwick Writing Programme in Schools (WWPS). Later, she worked with Writing West Midlands as an Assistant Writer for the Polesworth Write On! Writing Squad.
Akshat Nigam is a writer, educator and storyteller. His storytelling performances include ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ and ‘An Uneasy Truce: Stories aboutFear’ among others. He received the Hindu Playwright Award 2017 for a play he co-wrote, titled ‘In Search Of DariyaSagar’. He has conducted several writing and filmmaking workshops with children across the city.

A Brush With Art
Chapter I-IV


Dr. Manjiri Thakoor has been department head at Rachana Sansad Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts in Mumbai. She has also been a visiting faculty member at J.J School of Art among other colleges in Mumbai and India. She has also been deputy curator at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. She has a PhD in Buddhist Sculpture from Mumbai University. She has a wide array of professional experience, some of which includes, being consultant for the Ajanta Caves Exhibition Centre, Aurangabad , An Indo-Japanese Government venture, a cultural project. (Entire research on art and sculpture w.r.t. Ajanta from 2006-2010), Research Associate to the Director ,Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Formerly Known as Prince of Wales Museum (2009-2010), Documented the Tata Archives at The National Archives, London, For the Prince of Wales Museum. (Chattrapati Shivaji Mahara jVastu Sangrahalaya, CSMVS, Mumbai) among several others.
Indrajit Prasad is a faculty member at Rachana Sansad Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts in Mumbai. He specializes in Printmaking and watercolour painting. His work has been part of several group shows across the world, such as ‘Imprints’, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Curated by Tao Art Gallery, ‘(Sub)-Urban texts, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, “Recent Works” Project-88, Mumbai, ‘Thought & Being’, the Osmosis Gallery, Mumbai.
To register, please mail Zahra/Ruchika at pomegranateworkshop@gmail.com with the parent’s full name, the participant’s full name, and parent’s mobile number. Seats will be confirmed on fee payment.
For further enquiries contact: Zahra 9820521940/ Ruchika 8605286418 email: pomegranateworkshop@gmail.com
Register for ‘What’s Your Story?’
Register for The Stories in Art!
Register for Painting Inside Ancient Buddhist Caves!

THEATRE Batch 2018-19!

Categorized Under: Latest News, Modules Children, Workshops Dated: 21 May 2018 No Commented

Pomegranate’s Experience Theatre!

July 2018- Feb 2019

Registrations are now open for Pomegranate’s extremely popular integrated theatre program with top notch faculty!

Productions from Pomegranate’s earlier Experience Theatre programs now form a repertory of shows that get performed across the city of Mumbai in top venues creating a unique segment of theatre by young adults for young adults!

In 2016 Pomegranate’s student production Antigone 2.0 was in the top 10 theatre picks for the year by the Mumbai Theatre Guide!

Pomegranate shows have been selected and performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts (‘Antigone 24×7’ and Antigone 2.0) and have been featured multiple times at Sitara Studio (‘The Wizard of Oz and Rapunzel Retold!’ ‘Playtime’ and ‘Whats in A Play’?) and the P L Deshpande Academy (The Fall of Zahhak, A Tale from The Shahnameh). Take Me Home, an adaptation of Manto’s Toba Tek Singh at G5A

Pomegranate’s highly reputed multi faculty Experience Theatre program focuses on every aspect of theatre: building self-awareness, spatial awareness, movement, rhythm, improvisation, mime and clowning,  voice (clarity, projection, inflection, pauses and exercises for cultivating the voice). Body language, gestures, role playing, use of physical space and props.

Most importantly the participants entirely imagine and script their final production through a unique facilitated process which enables them to adapt a text/build a story from scratch, write dialogue, envisage the entire story and then perform it.

Program Highlights:

Constant creation, the joy of sheer play, expanding the imagination, improvisation, ensemble work, heightened expression through the body, cultivating spatial awareness, developing mutual trust as a team,  working with excerpts from plays, clowning, voice work, collectively creating through different stimuli like painting, poetry and finally, the grand culmination in the form of an adaptation of an existing play or a novel, or building a play from scratch where the ideas and experiences introduced before will be consolidated and newer questions like sound and set design will be encountered to make for a year-long intense experience with theatre.

In addition, observing and appreciating each other’s performances through the year will help cultivate the art of spectatorship and develop a dramatic vocabulary.

Program Faculty includes:

Joy Fernandes has over 25 years of theatre experience both internationally as well as nationally. His experience spans across working on stage, in films, on TV, in advertisements, writing a book, conducting workshops, conceiving, designing & directing events, writing ad copy and scripts!

Joy has just completed an extremely well received tour of Merchants of Bollywood directed by Toby Gough across London and Berlin, where he played the principal character of Shantilal Merchant. The production has also toured Australia (Perth) and Singapore and had a 17 city tour of China.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Time Supple, Joy played the lead character of Nick Bottom and travelled successfully to perform over 250 shows (spanning more than 2 years) in UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Verona and India.

Here is what The Guardian, UK has to say about Joy‘…And there is a magical moment in the play when the dying Pyramus announces ‘my soul is in the sky’…it is appropriate that the line is spoken by Joy Fernandes’ Bottom, since his performance epitomises the virtues of this production. Fernandes has weight, dignity and the total dedication of the artisan turned actor…’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian, UK.

Gerish Khemani has been working in the theatre in varied capacities since 12 years. He started off his theatre journey in Mumbai as an actor with the theatre group Working Title 2.0 acting in several of its productions like Once Upon A Tiger, Arabian NightsTukra’s Dream and Stage Two Theatre’s Three Short Plays by Ranjit Hoskote. Alongside, he has been working with companies like Theatre Professionals Pvt Ltd and The Pomegranate Workshop as a freelance drama facilitator, using drama as a learning tool to impart both theatre based and life-skills. He has also worked as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre Arts teacher and IB Theatre Arts examiner.

In March 2015, he founded his own theatre group, The Blind and the Elephant, which staged its first production Ripples, a play dealing with questions of teaching and learning, co-written and directed by him, which was performed across the country and drew favourable reviews from critics, practitioners and the general audience.

Gerish is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Scholarship by the British Council to pursue the Devising Theatre and Performance course at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) situated in Berlin where he deepened his artistic and pedagogical journey. He recently completed the second part of the course at LISPA in Berlin.

In August 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Hindu Playwright Award along with his co-writer Akshat Nigam for their play In Search of Dariya Sagar for the new unpublished and unperformed script at the Hindu Theatre Festival 2017.

Neha Singh is a Mumbai based theatre practitioner. She has worked in over fifteen professional theatre productions in Mumbai as an actor, playwright, producer and director. She runs her own theatre production company called ‘Rahi Theatre Company’ and has produced two plays under her banner; ‘Dohri Zindagi’ and ‘Jhalkari’.

Neha is a children’s author and has written five books for children so far. ‘The Wednesday Bazaar’ and ‘Bela misses her train’ with Karadi Tales, ‘Moongphali’ for Rupa and Co., ‘Its playtime’ for Pratham’s Storyweaver and her latest offering ‘I need to pee’ with Puffin, India. She contributes poems and stories in Hindi to Bhopal based children’s magazines Chakmak and Pluto. She conducts sessions around her books with children across India, in literature festivals, theatre festivals and also as part of outreach programs.

Neha is a women’s rights activist and spearheads a movement called ‘Why loiter?’, which aims at reclaiming public spaces for women, and is currently in its fourth year since conception.

Her other interests include filmmaking, Indian classical music and Kalaripayattu.

Course dates are 14th July 2018- 23rd Feb 2019

Final performance on Sunday 24th Feb, venue to be communicated

Classes will be conducted only on Saturdays except in the last week before the performance where additional classes may be scheduled depending on requirement for each batch, please see the schedule below.

Holidays

3rd November & 10th November (Diwali), 26th January (Republic Day), 22nd & 29th December (Christmas)

Age Groups: 8-11 years and 11 – 15 years

Timings:

8-11 years- 10 am – 12 noon

11-15 years- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rehearsal timings on Jan- 5, 12, 19th

Feb – 2, 9, 16, 23rd, will be as follows:

Ages 8-11 (10 am to 12 30 pm)

Ages 11-15 (1 pm-4pm)

Rehearsal timings on

Feb- 18, 20 for Ages 11-15 will 4:30 to 7:30

Feb- 19, 21 for Ages 8-11 will be 4:30 to 7:30

Program Venue: PL DESHPANDE ACADEMY (Ravindra Natya Mandir Complex), Behind Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi.

Course Fee: First instalment Rs 25000 from July to November and second instalment (costs towards the show) Rs 8000 from December to Feb to be paid in the first week of December (the fee includes all material costs for the course as well as set elements, props and final performance and venue costs)

To register please fill this form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSej4isdAu-D32MROrqVnkTF5V1vilnSEkRbVvBg_3P8DDdomw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Or reply to Ruchika on this email with your full name, mobile number and address. Kindly state your planned mode of fee payment in the email. If you wish to make a bank transfer, kindly request for our account details in your email.

Registrations will be confirmed on payment.

Payment could be by cash (at our office address given below), cheque courier (details below) or bank transfer (account details will be provided on request)

Note: Cheques may be made out to ‘Pomegranate Eduworkshop Pvt. Ltd.‘. Cash Payments can be made from 11 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday at the Pomegranate office. Cheques can be couriered across to the office.

Our address is:

The Pomegranate Workshop

Gr. Flr, ‘Kalpana’

Plot no. 14, Marubai Mandir Marg,

Next to Don Bosco School

Matunga (East) – 400 019

For further details please contact Ruchika on 8605286418

Pomegranate Film wins International award!

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A documentary film created at Pomegranate’s Youth – Impact program 2015 has won the Best Film in the Youth category at the International Childrens Film Festival of India! The Silenced Siren by 16 year old Siya Chandrie has also won a special jury mention at the Kala Ghoda Bombay Shots short film festival 2016. The film was screened at the prestigious IAWRT’s Asian Womens Cinema Festival New Delhi 2016 and has been selected in the International Competition category at the International Youth Film Festival Langesund, Noway, June 2016!

Cherie Blair meets the Pomegranate team

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Cherie Blair, eminent lawyer and wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met the Pomegranate team and cast and crew of Pomegranate’s Antigone 24×7. The cast wowed Mrs. Blair with an impromptu performance of their play.

Pomegranate’s Antigone 24×7 premiers at NCPA, Mumbai

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The Pomegranate Workshop’s theatrical production, Antigone 24×7, premiered at NCPA Mumbai, to a full house, this July. The production was the result of Pomegranate’s 9 month theatre program – Experience Theatre.

Pomegranate @ ICFFI 2013!

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The International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI) hosted its 18th edition at Hyderabad from 14th – 20th November 2013 – an extravaganza for the film-loving children of India. Child delegates from all over the country were treated to a mouth-watering feast of Film viewings, Director interactions and, of course, Workshops!

The Pomegranate Workshop conducted workshops in Film Making, Animation and Scriptwriting at the 18th ICFFI.

Here’s what the I&B Ministry put up on their youtube channel. Enjoy!

Pomegranate on BBC World Service!

Categorized Under: Latest News Dated: 28 November 2012 No Commented

To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the publication Grimm’s fairy tales in 2012, the BBC World Service carried a series of programs on its arts show titled ‘Strand’. Priya Srinivasan, Director of The Pomegranate Workshop was interviewed by author and literary show host Harriet Gilbert on Indian Folk Tales for the BBC World Radio Service. Click here to take a listen…