Story Telling / Katha Keerthana Workshop
Harikathe/Katha Keerthana is a traditional art form of storytelling, popular in South India. It is an amalgamation of music, drama, story-telling and devotion. Sharvari Somayaji is a Harikathe exponent with over 10 years of experience and has performed at over 200 stages in India and abroad. She's currently pursuing her Masters at Goethe University Frankfurt and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her gurus are her mother Veena Somayaji and Vid. Shilpa Shashidhar.
The mother and daughter duo are bringing together a creative workshop on Harikathe this April. The kids will get to understand the technicalities of the art form along with learning how to present a full fledged Harikathe in English. By the end of the workshop they will be able to perform a 20-25 minute Katha Keerthana on Seeta Kalyana.
Concept — Seeta Kalyana
Dates — 15, 16, 22 and 23rd April 2023
Time — 5 to 6 PM CET
Sessions — 4 sessions, 1 hour each
Age — 7 - 20 years old
Pre requisite — No previous experience or knowledge of Indian Scriptures is necessary; however, prior training in Carnatic music or Bhajans is preferred
Fees — 40€
Platform — Zoom; the link to join will be shared with the registered participants a day before the workshop begins.
Organizer of Story Telling / Katha Keerthana Workshop April 2023
I am a Katha Keertana/Harikathe and Carnatic music vocalist from Bengaluru, I started learning Carnatic music since the age of 5 and performing Harikathe (in Kannada) from 14 years of age. Since then I have performed at various prestigious stages such as Bengaluru Ganesha Utsava, Mumbai Kannada Sangha, Indian Institute of World Culture, Sri Rayara Mata Hyderabad, Sri Jayarama Seva Mandali, Alwas Nudisiri, Mudabidri, RMKS Kannada Sangha Frankfurt. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Cell Biology and Biophysics from Goethe University Frankfurt and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. I am also the winner of the Otto Bayer Fellowship in Drug Discovery 2022 for my work on cancer research.
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