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Top QTube Events of the Week (July 23-29)

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

We had a good week, and are currently busy gearing up for another great one. Just like you probably are. So how about we make those plans come together, and see you come down for one of these cool workshops, or even just stop in for a cup of coffee and a good book. We’re happy either (or both is better), as long as we get to see you!

Here’s a rundown of the exciting things happening at the Cafe this week!

 

Dreamcatcher Weaving Workshop with Trishna Patnaik

Learn this fabulous ancient art form of Native American origins in the dream catcher weaving workshop and acquaint yourself with this amazing art form. The workshop will teach you how to make delicate and intricate pieces using weaves of thread, beads and feathers. Dream catchers, according to the lore, are supposed to catch good energies and give you good energies and vibes in return. It is also a very relaxing art form that will teach you how to focus on your aesthetics. So what are you waiting for? Come participate in this fabulous workshop, weave your favourite dream catcher in your most loved colours and combinations. Age Group: All age groups are welcome.  Take Away: One mid-sized Dream catcher For registrations please contact Trishna Patnaik on 9867982075. Last date for registrations is 24th July, 2018, on first come first serve basis.

Date: 25th July 2018

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Entry: Rs. 1000/- (including art material)

 

Toybank- The Open Tree Foundation

Toybank promotes development through play for underprivileged children. This event is organized to bring people together to learn and play different board games and understand the Power of Play!

Date: 26th July 2018

Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

CVMD

Empowering women making them emotionally strong to face the society. Providing a non-judgmental platform for the women to show case their talent and rediscover themselves.

Date: 27th July 2018

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm

Entry: FREE

 

LAJA

We dared to imagine a world with a tribe of women who are adept at everything, but most importantly, at discovering each others’ worth and supporting each other, come what may. We dared to create a platform for the same, LAJA. By God’s grace and with your consistent support, we have come a long way. LAJA is evolving and we feel beyond overwhelmed to have you be a part of it.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Entry: Rs. 500/-

 

 WebDudes.in

Learn techniques to get your messages delivered to the Inbox instead of the Spam folder. Techniques to get your prospects to reply to you. The ways to create good databases. About Software Apps to send out Bulk Mail. About Bulk Mail Services.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

“Journey of a Song” by Heterotopia Media and Entertainment Private Limited

Music is a mode of expression. Sure, you can be taught how to sing and the technicalities behind it – but can you be taught how to express? At this workshop, the intention is to allow your creative juices to flow and to create something out of nothing. “Journey of a Song” is a workshop that explores a song – from an idea to the final melody. Participants will be taught to create a new song with fresh lyrics and melody during the course of the workshop.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 4 pm to 8 pm

Entry: Rs. 2500/-

 

Become an Author in 7 Days by Pavan Priakash Badllani

Become an Author in 7 Days. This 1-day workshop is an exclusive workshop created for anybody who’d like to write their book in 7 days and become self-published authors. Writing a book creates authority, credibility and positions you as an expert in your line of work. Learn the secrets of best-selling authors, marketing & publishing formats when it comes to writing books with Pavan Badllani.

Date: 29th July 2018

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Entry: Rs. 1000/-

 

Triumph

A therapeutically inclined workshop for those suffering with bouts of depression and thoughts of self harm. An event with group therapy.

Date: 29th July 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Entry: Rs. 300/-

 

See? Didn’t we tell you it was going to be a great week? So go ahead and rearrange those plans to incorporate some time to learn something new, or talk it out. Have yourself a fantastic week!

Giving Voice to the Poet Within – A Poetry Workshop at QTube Cafe

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

When taxed with the job of writing about a workshop, I mostly stick to the trusted fly on the wall routine. As a mute, non-participating spectator, I get the chance to observe and comment on all that’s going on without having to put myself in harm’s way, and by harm’s way I mean the activities going on. This workshop, however, was frightfully different, because, while most swear by the adage seeing is believing, for poets, feeling is believing. And since this workshop, titled ‘From the Brazen to the Golden: Creating and Chiseling Poetry,’ was one with poets, I was invited to participate before jotting down my observations. Visibly shaken and shaking, I got ready to explore all that goes on in a poetry workshop.

The workshop was conducted by Shrenik Mutha and Ankita Anand, both gifted poets and poetry lovers. Through creative exercises, they encouraged us to explore our relationship with poetry. We started off by answering questions like ‘Why I write poetry?’ ‘What do I like about poetry?’ Through our own answers we realized a range of problems that confront us as poets, whether it was the fear or not being profound enough, or articulate enough or simply running out of topics, each participant brought to the table unique problems which, quite strangely, resonated with all of us. On the one hand, these revelatory conversations comforted the hesitant poet in me while on the other, it motivated me to try harder to overcome my writing-related fears.

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All poets understand the importance of fair criticism and so, Ankita’s next exercise had us jot down our expectations from a ‘good’ poem and through our lists, she helped us understand how to share useful feedback. This exercise left us with a ready-made checklist we could revisit often and use to sharpen our own writing. The next exercise aimed to explore the relevance of poetry in a world fascinated by visual mediums. With motion pictures and photography claiming to be infinitely more captivating, can poetry still stimulate the mind and move the soul? After the exercise (which involved observing a photograph handed to us, and composing a poem inspired by that photograph,) we were convinced that poetry offers a kind of dynamism no other medium offers, because when language is your tool of choice, there is no limit to creativity. We were also asked to read out our poems, which were then praised and critiqued by the other participants.

After a quick lunch break, we dived into the next and last exercise for the day, which called on us to pen another poem. This time however, our inspiration had to come from a place closer to home, that is, from some chaotic incident weighing us down at the moment. This was an incredibly difficult exercise, but at the end of it, felt strangely therapeutic. Later, we had to read out our poems to the group.

Although this workshop was quite intensive for me, a person who doesn’t dare call herself a poet, by the end of it, I felt much more confident about my writing ability. I was even encouraged to call myself a poet, and thereby, own my talent, for as Ankita rightly pointed out, to become a better version of yourself, you have to first accept your current version, faults and all. It was an immensely empowering workshop for not just seasoned poets, but for upcoming ones like me and this is what both Ankita and Shrenik are trying to do through such sessions. When not conducting such workshops, Ankita uses her linguistic talents to help those without a voice. She helps those marginalized by society learn basic communication skills and even assists them in form-filling and other official procedures. If you’d like to know more about her work, read her poetry or get in touch with her, contact her at anandankita2@gmail.com / anandankita.blogspot.in or via Facebook

If you’d like to host something similar at a location near you, contact Shrenik at shrenik.mutha@gmail.com. You can read his work through his WordPress blog – Anthology of Thirst

This workshop had no fee of any kind because the organizers wanted to encourage participation from people belonging to different strata. However, to remind us that arts education is valuable in its own right, and so that we respect the efforts put in, participants were asked to donate a sum they felt fit. No minimum or maximum amount was prescribed.