Theatre, storytelling, and drum circles are just some of the cultural activities we think you should check out at the Indo-German Urban Mela.
The Indo-German Urban Mela is just a couple of days away from kicking off in Pune and if you’ve already checked out our preview for all the music events (or if you haven’t, check it here), you would see that there’s plenty going on at the Mela. While music will prominently feature at the Indo-German Urban Mela, there will be a lot of other cultural activities to catch or even take part in. There is certainly going to be plenty of joy for language lovers out there, with some light-hearted German language events such as Schnupperstunden (a quick class about essential German phrases), Get Your Tongue Around It! (tonguetwisters in German), Unjumbling Proverbs and Let’s Sing (learning German through song) taking place during the Mela. We’ve earmarked a few other cultural events which we think you should check out.
Hip Hopping January 12, 13, 19, and 20 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Hip-hop is an energetic, urban dance form which this workshop will explore. Hip-hop dancer Justine Bhatt will briefly introduce hip-hop to the dance class before showing everybody the basic steps of hip-hop. If you like hip-hop music and dance at all, you will find that there is something here for you, and even if you are well-acquainted with dancing technique, here’s a chance to show off your skills with other like-minded souls.
Drum Circle January 12 and 13 at 4:30pm, January 14 to 15 at 7 pm, January 16 at 4:30 pm, January 17 and 18 at 12:30pm, January 19 at 7pm and January 20 at 4:30pm.
Pune rhythm ensemble Taal Inc are no strangers to drum circles, having hosted many of them in the past. The drum circle will be at the Mela almost every day and Mela visitors can look forward to playing a variety of percussion instruments among a community of other percussionists. This is quite a novel activity which will no doubt attract a sizable crowd because drum beats can be pretty catchy, especially when there is a large gathering of people.
Music Workshop with Rico Loop January 12 to January 15 from 4:30pm
Multi-instrumentalist Rico Loop is also known as the “One Man Jam” because of his impressive use of the loop station and his musical arrangements. This workshop will give people the opportunity to learn how to make layered pieces of music by using the loop station and how to combine the beats, melodies and various instruments to make complete songs. This kind of act is very hard to find in the country so watching Rico Loop perform live is good enough reason to attend the workshop.
Nayee Bahar and Project Aditi January 14 to January 17 from 5 pm
GRIPS (which is a shortened version of “Gripping Theatre”) is an innovative theatre group from Berlin that tries to create plays for children. The aim of the plays are to get kids to think about contemporary issues but without being too preachy (always a nice thought). This time around GRIPS will perform two plays Nayee Bahar and Project Aditi which have been translated from German and adapted for Indian audiences.
My Story, My Voice January 14 to January 16 from 2:30pm
Author and Translator Jeeva Raghunath has been working on children’s books for many years now, and has grown greatly as a storyteller. In this workshop, Raghunath wants to help storytellers find their inner voice and she intends to do it through storytelling techniques, tips and tricks in storytelling, hands-on exercises and other various activities. The workshop is open to all age groups and budding writers and storytellers should definitely give this workshop a look.
Theatre Workshop January 16 to January 18 from 4:30pm, January 19 from 5pm
Theatre buffs have the opportunity to check out the three-day theatre workshop which will be conducted by actor/singer Vibhawari Deshpande. New sessions will take place during each of the scheduled workshop days, so it makes sense to attend the workshop from the first day onwards. On January 19, participants of the workshop will produce a special performance which will be based on the improvisations learned during the course of the workshop. Here’s a chance to make your curtain call!