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Summertime with Prithvi is my baby: Sanjana Kapoor

Sanjana Kapoor talks about the gamut of activities lined up this year at Summertime with Prithvi, with 45 different workshops, 60 shows featuring 19 plays and a host of innovative activitie lined up.

art and culture Updated: Apr 18, 2010 16:31 IST
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Summertime with Prithvi workshops began this week. Starting with just four workshops in 1991, this year, there are 45 different workshops, 60 shows featuring 19 plays and a host of innovative activities.It’s the 20th edition of Summertime with Prithvi – two months filled with workshops, children’s plays and activities.

Sanjana Kapoor, director of Prithvi Theatre, “Our purpose was to develop kids who would love theatre and arts. Its popularity among kids and parents means a range of eclectic workshops clay modeling, juggling, games and poetry were introduced, other than acting and dramatics." So what’s new? Kapoor says, “This year we have theatre experts such as Sunil Shanbaug, Lewis Frost, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Puja Sarup and Timira Gupta conducting workshops. We also have new venues in Kandivli and Matunga.”

Each year, there’s an addition of new courses, games and events. Kapoor stresses that the expert professionals are allowed to design unique workshops.The workshops are open to children in the age group of six to 16 years. “Our basic philosophy is that we believe theatre and education can be incorporated into a fun-filled yet disciplined framework,” adds Kapoor. Kapoor recalls when her father asked her of what importance craft and clay workshops could be to theatre, and she replied, “Creating something out of nothing, with no money… It’s the same way that theatre functions.”

The workshops train in team-building, time management, discipline and more, besides the arts. In 1990, Kapoor spent all her time watching plays, realising that the quality of performances, as well as the audience, had deteriorated. “It’s critical to give hands-on experience. It’s creative discovery, not just teaching,” she elucidates.Kapoor chooses Summertime over Prithvi’s annual festival. “Summertime is my baby. I’m biased towards it. We are always skeptical about the annual fest, but Summertime has always been fantastic!”

Some of the workshops

Do Poems Tell Stories Too?
A workshop conducted by Sampurna Chattarji, this one aims to bust myths related to poetry and explore a new way of looking at verses.
Date: April 26 to May 1
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: Prithvi House
Fee: Rs 1,800

Geet Banao,Dhoom Machao
Conducted by Kumud Mishra and Gopal Datt, kids will discover a new vocabulary and interesting words to create stories and songs and set them to music, resulting in musical theatre.
Date: May 31 to June 6
Time: 12 noon to 1.30 pm
Venue: Prithvi House
Fee: Rs 1,500

Greek Myths
Lewis Frost will get kids to explore Greek myths, ask questions about human development, knowledge, technology; take a stance and stand up for their points of view.
Date: April 19 to April 23
Time: 11.30 am to 1 pm
Venue: Prithvi House
Fee: Rs 1,500

Miniature Theatre
Anurupa Roy will teach kids to create paper puppets and make their own mini-theatre.
Date: May 17 to May 21
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Venue: Prithvi House
Fee: Rs 1,500

Head Out to the Circus
Conducted by Timira Gupta, kids will learn three-ball juggling, poi-spinning and other circus arts.
Date: May 3 to 7
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Venue: Prithvi Theatre
Fee: Rs 1,500

Stone Alive
Conducted by Randhir Khare, this workshop includes creating stories around different kinds of stones that have been collected from all across the country.
Date: May 10 to May 14
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Venue: Shishuvan School, Matunga
Fee: Rs 1,500

The Sci-Poets Guide to the Galaxy
Sampurna Chattarji and Anshumani Ruddra take kids into the world of science-fiction and poetry, creating sci-poets.
Date: April 26 to May 1
Time: 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue: Prithvi House
Fee: Rs 1,500

Highlights:
Shadow puppetry
Science through activities
Making science toys
Making rod puppets