Pune’s new cultural hub which bridges the gap between creativity and reality

British Council Pune aims to reach out to all age-groups with innovative learning workshops and sessions of English and Science

pune Updated: Oct 27, 2017 22:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Cultural hub,creativity
A story telling session in the kids’ area at the British Library, Shivajinagar. (HT PHOTO)

Located on the third floor of Ramsukh House in Shivajinagar, British Council Pune now features over 10,000 books, DVDs, popular UK newspapers and magazines, in addition to digital access to 115,000 books and 14,000 journals covering a wide range of subject areas.

The 5,000 sq ft new cultural hub is also designed to accommodate a young learners’ zone, cultural space for programmes and a cafe, transforming it into a fully functional co-learning space.

This weekend (October 28), the place will be conducting ‘Understand the working of a speaker by creating one’. Audio technology has advanced over the years, but the technology to convert electrical signals to audio signals in speakers has not changed much. Speakers still use the concept of solenoid along with vibrating membranes for audio frequency generator. Frequency is the key in creating melody. A single frequency change can transfigure the song you are playing.

Participants will make each and every part of a speaker and assemble them to create their own science masterpiece. The facilitator of the workshop is the Makers Club and it will be conducted from 10.30 am -1.30 pm.

The idea is to reach out to a vast audience and encourage them to learn and aspire. The space is also keen on young learners and aspiring professionals learning concepts related to English and Science.

In the past, they have organised Cafe Scientific, Techie club, workshops for Warli Painting and storytelling to cater to the new generation of Pune. The Young Learners’ Zone is to provide interactive books for its learners and the premises also feature programmes including films, workshops and a wider range of books for the young bibliophiles.

One of the major strengths of the new premises is the unique makers space and the large multi-purpose training area. The workshops are aimed at introducing our members to these wonderful facilities. At the British Council, there is something for everyone, and thus keeping in mind the varied tastes of the members, the events were designed to cater to everyone’s interests.

One such popular event was the Alice in Wonderland in Madhubani style. The Makers Space, a first of its kind innovative DIY area, which was an instant hit on launch day, was the setting for the first workshop of the month. The UK India 2017 Year of Culture celebrations were in full swing with a painting workshop held by Madhura Pendse, where East met West, and which was specifically designed to merge the art forms of the two cultures.

Alice, from the quintessential British fantasy novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’ trots around in her adventures, albeit with a small colourful twist. In this workshop, the participants were taught to paint Alice’s world in Madhubani style, a popular art form from Bihar. The results as seen below, were spectacular to say the least!

The space hosts a variety of workshops for both adults and children which are designed for professional and skills development and recreation. They are practical, interactive and designed to give the best possible learning experience.

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What:Understand the working of a speaker by creating one

Where:British Council Pune , Shivajinagar

When: October 28, 10.30am-1.30pm

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 22:04 IST