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Monday, June 12, 2017

JANOSCH - The Tiger & Bear Tales for Children...

JANOSCH - The Tiger & Bear Tales


JUNE 18, 2017 - SUNDAY 



@ Spaces, Besant Nagar, Chennai, INDIA
Two Shows: 5:30 & 7:30 p.m - 70+ mins duration - for audience 5+ years old...

The Bear&BeanBag Children's Theater, Chennai

The Bear & Beanbag Children's Theater Company

a unit of

masquerade
presents...

JANOSCH

The Tiger and Bear Tales


Janosch - The TIger and Bear Tales 




















About the performance:

Is it better to stay home with all the given comforts? Or a little adventure in getting around the world to get some perspective? Is that perspective worth the trouble of going around? Join the Bear and the Tiger on their adventure to THE LAND OF THEIR DREAMS... meet several lovely little friends they make on THE(IR) TRIP TO PANAMA...

And while we are on it... WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU RECEIVED A LETTER? Or have to forgotten the good old post card? Not the Tiger, not the Bear... nor Aunty Goose. Explore a whole 'OLD' world of writing letters... a world where they still use a Phone as a Phone. Where a PHONE means a PHONE and does not come with Cameras for Selfies and Groupfies... A LETTER FOR TIGER... 

JOIN US AT SPACES (Elliot's Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, INDIA) for a show of JANOSCH... at 5:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m on SUNDAY the 18th June, 2017 with all your kids (yours, those in the neighbourhood and any and every kid you can bring along!)... and the KID IN YOU!
It's a show for 5+. ALL ARE WELCOME!

DURATION: 70 mins.

Poster and Promo concept: Arvind R Vyaas
Costume Design & Conception: Mitra Visvesh
Accessories, Props, Animal Ears & Hood: Ashvi K.S. (Intern)
Assistance in Production & Backstage: Rohit Narayan and Akshita Iyer
Assistance in Direction: Arvind R Vyaas
Lighting, Sound & Artistic Direction: Krishna Kumar. S (KK)

Cast: 
Pranav Dwaraknath (Little Bear), Madhumeeta B (Little Tiger)
Dhiraj Athreya, Shrivatz Agharam, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan & Vishal Vijayakumar
(Multiple Roles & Narration)
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Square Root of Sins Past - Premieres... 1st April, 2017



A Devised production based on A Game of Dice, Urubhanga of Duryodhana, The Oath of Aswathama... from The Mahabharatha
conceived by Krishna Kumar. S
scripted by Shriram Sivaramakrishnan
performance devised by Actors at Masquerade
Artistic Direction: Dr. S. Krishna Kumar
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Antidisestablishmentarianism...

If systems are religious and become ritualistic and limnal, do not benefit the parish of learners, such systems must die; contributions and associations to such schools must stop; system must be deemployed if a complete cold reboot is not possible because the architecture resists such reboot designs. Church is but a metaphor in this post for any establishment. I have been witness to one such and was given a cold bath yesterday...

I've always known one cannot fly with turkeys; but, the moment of epiphany is when the realisation dawns that those around you are turkeys. At least, those ruling the roost are turkeys, Orwellian pigs and dogs that would piss on the blueprint when it is not conducive to their egoistic parasitism and predatorial social climbing instincts. You take a decision then: DO NOT fly with turkeys anymore.!

A system that is non-inclusive either at ideological or at practical level is what fuels factions, divisions, partitions; especially when that system harbours cheap ideas of reparations of perceived harms of the past, now that those ruling the roost for the day come to believe they have the power to abuse, however temporarily, to score a pyrrhic victory.

A system that does not want to encourage a pan-systemic fabric in the interests of all stakeholders, but only attempts to foster one in order to protect its interest is myopic. It only wants to include others at their own terms. Such a system is not interested in the long term development of a culture, but works to ensure that the power centre stays with the founders. Such a system is controlled periodically or cyclically by short-sighted minds that wants to ensure their relevance and is its own cancer.

We are living in such times under such systems from local to global, national to universal, notional to empirical. We are living in such matrices as need to be either overthrown or shirked. I was witness to one such very recently and one such that I WAS glad to be a part of and contribute to in the past; a system that is no more open to improvements but is mired in its own bog of physiological growth into bureaucracy that does not anymore aim to foster the growth of its ultimate, purported recipients: learners!

The founding fathers and mothers have long deserted in foresight, surrogate suppliants cyclically lord over ensuring the inorganic degeneration. The gods of rationale and wisdom too would soon desert them. Newer parallel systems would perhaps overtake. Pity to what could have been!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Challenge Before Us Today...

What we need to teach the children today is the difference between reality and the ideal.

The ideal is to be sought after, striven for, even worked towards; however, it is also essential to show the children the need and importance of accepting reality (at its face value) and learn to live with it, in it.

There is nothing wrong in wanting everything and desiring to do that which only appeals to us. Though, the reality does not pan out that way; to accept their unwillingness to come to terms with the needs of reality and not wanting to do what they do not like to do, in the short or longer run, would eventually lead to delusions; to become unable to live life as it is and at its own terms; to be left behind; to become escapist and ultimately, as failures.

Failure in what sense: in a practical sense. Sometimes, thus, the visionaries of a system must accept that we need to thrust upon children what they may not like, but must learn to do, precisely because they do not know the need to be reality-compliant. To do is more important than to dislike. Else, the future is fragile!