Friday, September 22, 2017

Toto Awards 2018 for Creative Writing (English): Long-list

Twenty writers have been long-listed for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing in English. They are (in no particular order):

1. Purvai Aranya (Panchkula, Haryana) 

2. Gaurav Deka (New Delhi) 

3. Urvashi Bahuguna (Gurgaon)

4. Sourabha Rao (Bengaluru) 

5. Salik Shah (New Delhi) 

6. Akshat Jain (Jaipur) 

7. Rebecca Vedavathy (Bengaluru) 

8. Devanshu Misra (New Delhi)

9. Aekta Khubchandani (Mumbai) 

10. Shikha Gupta (Bengaluru) 

11. Kanak Rajadhyaksha (Mumbai) 

12. Maya Palit (Bengaluru) 

13. Shreya Ila Anasuya (Kolkata) 

14. Poorna Swami (Bengaluru) 

15. Kamayani Sharma (Dehradun)

16. H.B. Kiruba (Bengaluru) 

17. Ila Ananya (Hyderabad)

18. Vijeta Kumar (Bengaluru)

19. Somendra Singh Kharola (Bengaluru)

20. Anirban Nanda (East Midnapore, West Bengal)

TFA congratulates the long-listed applicants and wishes them all the best!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Anju Alva Naik's 'OK, That's Enough': Rehearsed Reading

Toto Funds the Arts & The British Council Library
are pleased to invite you to

A rehearsed reading of the play
 OK, That’s Enough 


by Anju Alva Naik

Performed by Samudyatha Jayanthi, 
Deepak Hariharan & Anusri Menon

Date and Time:  Saturday 16 September 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Venue:  The British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum), Bengaluru


About the play:
OK, That’s Enough is a psychological drama that foregrounds sexuality, both its assertion and its repression. A rape and its aftermath overturn the lives of two women in their early twenties. Strange contradictions emerge, tropes and stereotypes are questioned, and hypocrisies are stripped bare. Choice, Courage and Consent take on unconventional dimensions as the play unfolds, making it as much a story about self-discovery as it is about self-destruction.


Anju Alva Naik is a Bangalore-based theatre practitioner. She won 'Best Actress' in 2011 at the Short and Sweet theatre festival, has taken part in intensive workshops in directing, performance, voice and playwriting, and played a significant part in eight theatre productions. She directed her first play, The Cockroach Collector by Anushka Ravishankar, after undergoing an eight-month Indian Ensemble Directors Training Programme mentored by Abhishek Majumdar. OK, That’s Enough came out of a 14-week Playwrights Training Programme that she attended, also under Majumdar’s mentorship.

Monday, July 17, 2017

From Fiction to Drama: Workshop by Anmol Vellani

Toto Funds the Arts
& the British Council Library
are pleased to offer

‘From Fiction to Drama: 
The Challenges of Adaptation’
a two-day workshop for budding playwrights  

Facilitator: Anmol Vellani



Venue: British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum), Bangalore

Dates:  12 and 13 August 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

Timing:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days

Fee: Rs 3,500
(Rs 3,200 for members of the British Council Library)

Deadline for applications: 7 August

This two-day workshop will look at short fiction through the lens of drama. Participants will be alerted to the contrasting narrative strategies of fiction and drama and grapple with the many challenges of theatrical adaptation. The primary focus of the workshop will be on distilling a story for the purposes of drama—on deciding what needs to be emphasised and what may be disregarded, and when enhancements and additions are needed and justified. Participants will learn how to construct a scenario, write scenes, and create the first draft of a play-script based on a short story. In the process, they are expected to gain a deeper insight into concepts and principles essential to story-telling in the theatre.

The workshop will involve preparatory reading, writing and collaboration. Participants will need to keep the evening between the first and second days of the workshop free to undertake script-development work. 

Participants will be required to bring a laptop, pens, writing paper and index cards to the workshop.

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants between the ages of 18 and 35. Applications should be sent to sarita.tfaindia@gmail.com along with a short bio-note and a few lines about why you would like to attend the workshop. 

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for lunch. Coffee and snacks will be provided. 

About Anmol Vellani

ANMOL VELLANI has directed more than 40 plays in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Cambridge, U.K.  His recent productions have been Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango and An Evening with Anton Chekhov. He has conducted voice, monologue and script analysis workshops for actors. Anmol has written stage adaptations of a short story by Anton Chekhov and a novella by Mahasweta Devi. He is the founder and former executive director of India Foundation for the Arts. 

Dialogue for the Stage: Workshop by Abhishek Majumdar

Toto Funds the Arts
& the British Council Library
are pleased to offer

‘Dialogue for the Stage’
a two-day workshop for budding playwrights  

Facilitator:  Abhishek Majumdar 












Venue: British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum), Bangalore

Dates:  5 and 6 August 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

Timing:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days

Fee: Rs 3,500
(Rs 3,200 for members of the British Council Library)

Deadline for applications: 27 July

The two-day workshop will look at different kinds of dialogue-writing techniques using examples from a variety of plays. It will also look at the difference between dialogue that leaves a lot unsaid and dialogue that creates poetic exposition. Most importantly, it will work towards making playwrights aware of how they can think about dialogue – as rhetoric, argument, music and image. 

The workshop will involve writing, reading, performing and a lot of homework. 

It is important to note that the workshop will focus only on writing dialogue for the stage, not for film or television.

Participants will be required to bring their laptops and other writing implements such as pen and paper (we shall send you a list before the commencement of the workshop).

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants between the ages of 18 and 35. Applications should be sent to sarita.tfaindia@gmail.com along with a short bio-note and a few lines about why you would like to attend the workshop. 

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for lunch. Coffee and snacks will be provided. 


About Abhishek Majumdar

Abhishek Majumdar is a playwright and theatre director based in Bangalore. He is the artistic director of the Indian Ensemble. His plays have been performed both nationally and internationally. Abhishek has trained in Delhi, Pondicherry, and Bangalore. He also is an alumnus of the London International School of Performing Arts. Abhishek has received the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship, the Inlaks Scholarship, the Lispa Scholarship, and the Robert Bosch Arts Grant. He is a member of the Young Vic Director’s network, London and was at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in 2012.