Tuesday, 22 December 2020 19:37
Roll the dice, step back in time (Bharata 600 BC)
Caprisoned elephants, turbanned rajahs, shining swords, a quiver full of arrows, messenger pigeons and the glorious promise of war — you don’t need a magic carpet to travel back in time. Bharata 600 BC, a board game, will take you back to ancient India where many a kingdom’s fate was sealed by behind-the-scenes puppet masters.
Conceptualised by Cristina Maiorescu, ideated by Pallavi Nopany and illustrated by Ishan Trivedi, Bharata 600 BC takes players through a time in India where territories were enlarged via alliances, trade or battle. Played on a board that depicts the map of India in 600 BC, it shows the country at the end of the Vedic period, when 16 independent kingdoms were in power. Each player is assigned a kingdom and has to expand territory as the game progresses. Players choose their leadership persona and are then granted abilities to complement their personality.
BENGALURU: Snakes and Ladders may not rank the highest on lists of world’s most fun games but this new version sure adds layers of creative complexity to it. Kavade, a city-based store that retails traditional games, recently launched two DIY kits for Snakes and Ladders. Children can not only assemble their own game but also learn more about the Indian art forms of Gond and Kalamkari. Each kit comprises a nine-piece jigsaw puzzle gameboard, 24 ladder tiles (which can be placed anywhere and changed around from game to game), snake templates (also movable) that need to be painted, dice, two pawns, and paints and
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:07
Cultures & traditions are living ecosystems. There is much to be learnt through respect & observation of indigenous cultures & traditions. In the last few centuries, we have been witnessing the growing hazard of homogenization of cultures- similar livelihoods, identical constructions, eating habits, healthcare, consumer goods, and entertainment. As Helena Norberg Hodge aptly says “Diverse cultures from Alaska to Australia have been overrun by the industrial monoculture. The spread of industrial monoculture is a tragedy of many dimensions. With the destruction of each culture, we are erasing centuries of accumulated knowledge, and as diverse ethnic groups feel their identity threatened, conflict & social breakdown almost inevitable follow”. If culture were placed at the heart of development policies, we will assuredly be making way for an ecosystem-centered, humanitarian & inclusive development.
Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:20
Tanjavur Kattam, also called Dhayakattam, is a race game from Tamil Nadu that bears resemblance to Pagade and the more well-known Ludo. Dhayam (Dice count 1) is needed to start any race game and in tamil, ‘dhayam’ means ‘relation’.
Game Type: Race
No. of Players: 2-4
Play Pieces: 4 Pawns/player, 2 Dice
There is an air of peace and calm as you walk on to the terrace of Kavade Attic on 1st Main in Sheshadripuram. The cosy ambience is set up with cane mats on the floor and lots of charkhas (spinning wheels). Madhav Sahasrabudhe, a mechanical engineer from Pune, catches your eye.
Dressed in a khadi kurta and trousers made from the yarn he spun, the man is engrossed in spinning. Madhav is in the city for the recently-concluded two-day spinning workshop, organised by Kavade Attic. As he spins, the spinner talks about the art and the calming effect it has on one’s mind.
Saturday, 15 April 2017 13:23
This workshop was based on robotics using Lego Wedo construction kit tool where we designed our own interactive machines and then programmed it. This is the base for children in their lifelong learning. The next Lego Wedo is on 24 April at Kavade Attic. Hurry Up!
Theatre games & lots of fun, making props, a wonderful performance by the kids & pizza party too!. The next one is from 24th Apr-29th Theatre workshop at Lavender lane, Kothanur Anuradha Rao, Sandeep Jain, Untitled Arts Foundation.
A workshop where we explored the little happenings in nature, waiting for the ant to make its choice for food, feeling barks of trees, noticing the leaves, homes, climbing up trees, Bird watching & so much more Games, art work with our collections, jewellery.. Dr Lakshmi was kind enough to open the RRI campus to our little team! with Abhisheka Krishnagopal.
Stories throw light on everything. Lavanya and Sowmya throw some light on the stages of women through stories that are close to their hearts.
In which stage of your life are you now?
Will the stories they share touch a chord?
Make a difference in you?.
Minti Jain who decided to keep her folk dance experience alive from her student life in J. Krishnamurti schools, will be moderating the sessions. Presently she is a theatre trainer at Bangalore Little Theatre, and has taught folk dances at numerous workshops at BLT and other venues.