About ‘A Lost Summer’ and the workshop for children

Some summers remain etched in our collective memories – for what was present and for that which was absent. Reflexive thoughts unearths the missing links – the many crucial details which we missed , spurs imagination and the need to articulate. This workshop helps children to reflect , to learn new tools & vocabulary to unearth and articulate.

Looking back is also looking now & the re – imagining the summers to come. Here the child finds new meanings, new ways of looking at the world – their relationship with their natural and social environment – the rituals and the subjectivities. Poetry & performance liberates. This process is a refuge which heals, enriches, makes them emote and create. Their knowledge of every moment becomes more informed and fuller and hence the possibilities of their future action is widened.

Technical Details

The workshop will focus on expressing our thoughts and emotions through the body. Movement not only gives one better physical abilities such as balance, coordination and spatial awareness, but also enhances concentration, creativity, critical thinking and much more. When we connect with and express our emotions through the body, we become mindful and emotionally balanced, and can express and communicate better.

In this workshop, we will work with a variety of movement techniques, activities and games, drawing from traditional forms like Kalarippayattu and Yoga, as well as contemporary theatre and movement. We will also work with the Navarasaas – the nine cardinal emotions of Indian aesthetics. Through this, the participants will give expression to their thoughts and feelings about 2020 and how our lives have changed this year.

Workshop Details

This is an online workshop and will involve creative writing, theatre exercises, games. The participants will emerge with a solo performance.

The maximum number of seats for each batch is limited to 6.

Dec 21 -24, 2020 from 4 – 5:30 pm

To join, please fill this form


Performer, director and pedagogue Arka Mukhopadhyay.

Starting his journey in 2003, Arka has researched deeply into the fundamental elements of the performer’s craft, inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba, his own deep practice of Kalarippayattu and Yoga, and encounters and dialogues with artists from traditions such as Kootiyattom, Qawwali, Baul-Phokiri, Yakhshagaana, Kattaikkuttu, Butoh and others. He has won fellowships from the Inlaks Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and has performed in prestigious festivals in Singapore, Croatia, Spain, Greece and all across India. Out of all his deep and sustained research, he has shaped ” Sahrudaya – Theatre of Resonance, a psycho-physical approach to the training of performers.

Sudipta Dawn

Sudipta is a theatre teacher, director and a curator. He is actively involved with various interdisciplinary art projects.


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