katha’koli storytelling workshop for adults

“Katha’koli” Storytelling Workshop

About the Workshop

The basic Katha’koli storytelling workshop works on the basics of making a story, performing it ( scripting,  presence & voice)  & the use of props. The workshop will consist of exercises, rehearsals and performances with feedback from the facilitators.

The workshop will be facilitated by senior and experienced storytellers, actors, film directors, writers and musicians.

The objective of the workshop is to connect he participant with their expressive and creative faculties and make them more confident and effortless at presenting and performing. This workshop also acts as a stepping stone for actor training.

The participant become part of the Katha’koli storytelling community. With access to a curated list of knowledge resources and continuous mentoring and feedback , the participant embarks on a process of continuous self improvement through reflection and practice.

Space :

Openhouse

7th floor, Air Conditioned Market, 1, Shakespeare Sarani Rd, Kolkata – 700071

Dates :

June 22,  2019 (Saturday) : 2 PM – 6 PM
June29,  2019 (Saturday) : 2PM –  6 PM

Fees : Rs 2500

Payment Link : https://imjo.in/HEvta4

Call + 91 8697919308 or email sudipta@culturemonks.in to register.

More about Katha’koli Storytelling

That stories must have emotions, plots, structures, voice  and conflicts –  are possibly known to many. Katha’koli storytelling ways, are about not only creating the ruptures ‘within’ to emerge with stories, but in the ways to make the stories resonate with the audience – to etch this intercourse as memorable, disruptive and emotional.

Kathakoli storytelling workshops aims at creating a community of storytellers for whom storytelling is a means of personal and social transformation. Using methods from theater, music & movement based exercises, the workshop helps the participants to dig deep within themselves and emerge with stories which lead to a process of personal transformation and realization of their potential as agents of social change.

You will also be able to access important and relevant resources which will help you constantly develop as a storyteller.

Although storytelling helps greatly in the business and social world, and this workshop and the more advanced forms of it which will follow , also has insights from the business world – people, who are trainers, corporate storytellers also will make guest appearance, yet, the katha’koli platform goes beyond this – it’s about making life more meaningful immediately and constantly transform it towards the one you would like to lead.

Few reviews for the Katha’koli Storytelling Workshop

” Earlier this month I had participated in another workshop of Story Telling organised by Cultural Monks. It was a wonderful experience, learnt a lot. Thank u culture Monks. You are doing a great work for the community”. – Lipika

“Wanted to thank you with all my heart. It was indeed one of its kind cathartic experience for me”. – participant from  Kathakoli storytelling workshop
― Alakanda Chatterjee

So these are my biggest takeaways from the workshop.

Personal Learnings:
1.) The importance of warmup before any performance. This can be applied to any area in life. Eg: Everyday is a performance for me personally , so I do 15 mins of breathing based guided meditation daily; first thing in the morning before I start the day. This practice was reinforced & validated through the lessons during the workshop as I clearly felt more relaxed and “in the flow” after performing them.

2.) Through the critiquing session feedback, it was very clear that I had a lot of work to do on my editing skills while structuring any narrative. As I mentioned in the workshop, I have been repeatedly told this before, by many of my mentors, friends & colleagues. I’ve made improvements in this domain from the past but obviously I’m still a work in progress!! This workshop was an important reminder to spend more time on my editing chops!!

3.) ( This one is completely my personal viewpoint ) The most important story that you’ll tell is your OWN. The more comfortable we get owning up our OWN LIFE STORY, with all it’s imperfections, blemishes & vulnerabilities; the more we can connect authentically with others. We as humans, crave connection over concepts. We prefer the Raw & Real over Polished & Processed. We embrace simplicity over sophistication. In fact as someone famous said, ” Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

I put this to practice intentionally through my tasks at the workshop. Did the authenticity resonate with you folks? That part can only be answered by you! Let me know.

I would love to hear from the other participants about their personal experiences. And from the mentors / masters as well. Thank You.

Sudhasheel Sen ( Creative Director ) , Cogfree Advertising

Content of the Workshop

a. The art of Listening and types of listening
b. History and philosophy of storytelling
c. Textures of storytelling
d. The art of telling – Voice and Movement; Sound and Images.

Katha-Koli

a. The Self and the other: Reflections, activities, observations
b. The merging: Inter-texuality and referential points
c. Story and more: The craft work (videos, other art forms, and use of props)

The Performance.

 

 

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