Lord, what fools these mortals be !

William Shakespeare

Inviting children from the ages of 12 yrs – 15 yrs to be part of this cross cultural experience.

We will explore Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through the ancient Indian forms of Yakhshagana and Kalaripayattu. Plenty of learning and fun in store and we will emerge with a performance.

The child will be actively experiencing & participating in the intangible heritage of humanity from two different civilizations which we hope will be a memorable experience.

This workshop is part of the fest titled South Asian Fringe : Bard & Beyond.


On Zoom

Dates : April 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2021.

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm (India time)

Seats are limited .

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More about the Content

Yakshagana (yakṣagāna, [jɐkʃəɡaːnɐ]) is a theater form of Karnataka(India) that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form to depict stories of the epics and mythology. This theater style, resembling Western opera, is mainly found in the Coastal districts and the Malenadu region of India. Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.

Kalaripayattu, also known simply as Kalari, is an Indian martial art that originated in modern-day Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India. Kalaripayattu is known for its long-standing history within Indian martial arts. It is believed to be the oldest surviving martial art in India.

About the Facilitators

Shridhar Hegde

Shridhar was born in a family of Yakshagana artists and he’s a 6th generation artist. He started learning the art form formally at the age of 10. His educational background is in science – physics, and biology to be specific (worked/learned in ICTS, NCBS, and IISER Pune). Shridhar has practiced Kathak and plays the tabla. He is a professional Yakshagana performer.

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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