How to give life to a Cultural Centre? / crash courses
Trimukhi Platform has started an innovative program aimed at giving to 10 young people in Borotalpada village the tools and knowledge necessary to undertake important responsibilities in Trimukhi Cultural Centre. The 1st session courses in July 2014 was given by Yazel Parra Nahmenes from Barcelona Theatre Institute (Spain), Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Sukla Bar Chevallier from Trimukhi Platform; the 2nd session in December 2014 by Utsarjana Mutsuddi and Sanmoy Karmakar from Jadavpur University, Kolkata (India). The 3rd session was held in May 2015 and the 4th in October.
Which projects to set-up in Trimukhi Cultural Centre? What are the desires of the village community members? What are the needs also? And what to invent? How to concrete each project? Who are the people responsible for this activity or for that one?
What are the different ways to do art nowadays? How to build an art program open to the diversity of propositions that exists? How to maintain the quality of each production? How to speak in a microphone? What to tell to the audience? How to speak about art creations? Which words to use? What does a piece of art produce in us? As most of the artist guests come from Latin America, why not to learn Spanish so to be able to talk more with them and to understand better what happens during our rehearsals? As each year the sound system we contract is bad, why not to learn ourselves to manage it properly?
These are some of the many questions that Trimukhi Platform tries to attempt during the Crash Courses sessions on Arts and Cultural Projects organisation.
The first session was held during ten days in July 2014 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre. 10 teenagers and young adults from the Santal tribal area were attending the daily classes, starting at 8 am and concluding at 6 pm:
- Spanish language
- Art analysis and cultural project planning
- Voice training and speech construction in front of a microphone
- Sensibility to sound and music (exploration trough body exercises)
As a concrete result of this first session of courses : from 28th July to 20th October 2014, 3 hours' class were held daily in Trimukhi Cultural Centre to help Borotalpada children with their study. The project was organised in an autonomous manner by the local youth of the Santal village with the support of the local primary school.
∩ The second session courses took place at Trimukhi Cultural Centre during 7 days in December 2014. The program, starting at 8:30 am and concluding at 8:30 pm, was:
- Creative writing (Utsarjana Mutsuddi)
- Awareness on public health (Sanmoy Karmakar)
- Drinking water issue (Sanmoy Karmakar)
- Spoken english (Utsarjana Mutsuddi)
- Theatre production (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier)
- Art program (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier)
∩ The third crass courses session (on computer and Santal dances) took place from 22nd to 30th May 2015, with the participation of the musician Sudipto Shekhar Mridha and the thespian Naireet Basak. In a non-academic way, both worked on introducing the Santal youth to computer and internet. At the end of the learning process, the youth followed also the Online workshop: Visions of the land in India (and elsewhere) by French anthropologist Marc Hatzfeld.
∩ The fourth session was held in October 2015 with sounds exploration activities leaded by Sudipto Shekhar Mridha and conversation about poetic of the land proposed by Marc Hatzfeld.
∩ For the fifth session in October 2016, Subojit Bagchi, chief-of-bureau of The Hindu newspaper in Bengal, will be running a workshop on journalistic writing.
∩ In December, Pallabi Chakravorty, choreographer and anthropologist from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, will be sharing her strategies to combine movements from Kathak dance.
For the coming sessions: volunteers will be needed. For more details write to firstname.lastname@example.org
⊕ To volunteer means that one gives her/his time to help others without receiving anything except the joy of helping others.
∩ TRIMUKHI presentation... ∩ CULTURAL centre... ∩ STAGE works... ∩ ART exhibitions... ∩ NIGHT of theatre...
Tags: Trimukhi Cultural Centre, Arts projects in a tribal village, Santal culture, Yazel Parra, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Sukla Bar, Sudipto Shekhar Mridha
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