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Friday, July 09, 2010


NalandaWay works with children from challengign situations from the poorest districts in India, helping them raise their voices and issues through theatre, visual arts, music, dance, radio and films. Over 5700 disadvantaged children and young people in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir in India are involved in their projects. Their interventions have helped them learn creativity, life skills and self-confidence to create the lives that they truly want to create.

NalandaWay’s Art, Arattai, Aarpattam (AAA) is an annual children’s art, music, and theatre festival. The festival provides a space for children, families and teachers to have new experiences of the arts, to experiment, to challenge, to be inspired and have fun together. The festival has been a great success past two years. Last year more than 110,000 children participated in the events and competitions across Tamil Nadu, and over 12,600 people attending the concerts and the film festival. This year would be the third edition of the festival and will focus on the theme “Right to Speak” and “Right to be heard”.

The festival is conducted every year in partnership with UNICEF. The festival will be conducted in 32 districts and over 3000 cities, towns and villages across Tamil Nadu. Over 1,00,000 children directly and over 10 million children and families would be indirectly impacted by this festival. The festival will be conducted in partnership with corporate sponsors, schools, colleges, grass-root level NGOs, self-help women groups, community-based cooperatives, consulates, international cultural centers, television channels, FM radio stations, newspapers, magazines, cinema halls, concert halls, Corporation of Chennai and Government of Tamil Nadu.

Target Audience
Children aged between 5 – 18
Event Name: Arts Carnival

Date: July 16th, 17th , 18th

Venue: DakshinaChitra

This will be a three-day carnival which will be held at Dakshin Chitra, a cultural heritage centre in Chennai. Workshops on storytelling, book-reading, pottery, claymodeling, Kalamkari etc., will be conducted by professionals, for children between 6-16. The workshop will encourage children to creatively express, experience, andentertain using various art forms.

Event Name: Children’s Film Festival

Date: July 19 – 23 and July 26 - 30

Venue: Film Chamber, Near Gemini

A festival of blockbuster children’s films such as UP, Kung Fu Panda, Finding Nemoetc.Event Name: “Sing Along by Krishna Iyer and Jeeva”Date: July 24thVenue: Museum Theatre Krishna Iyer and Jeeva [story tellers] will present stories and songs for children.Jeeva will entertain with her stories and her mime; and Krishna and her lively teamwill present some foot-tapping numbers.

Event Name: “Tale of Haruk” – A Korean Musical

Date: July 24th

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall

For the first time in India, TUIDA, a performance group from South Korea will beperforming “The Tale of Haruk”. This play has won the Best Play, Acting, Playwright,Art Directing Prize at 2002 Seoul Children's Theatre Award, and received ravereviews for its experimental spirit, elaborate and creative set-designs.

Event Name: “Super Singer Juniors” - LIVE

Date: July 25th

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall

Vijay TV’s super singer juniors will be performing popular numbers from TamilCinema.
Art Arattai Aarpatam 2010: Programmes

Event Name: “Adventures of the Green Ogre” – English Musical[Based on the character “Shrek” by William Steig]

Date: July 30th

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall

This is an English musical. The play is directed by popular theatre personality MichaelMuthu. He founded BoardWalkers in 1991 which consistently picks and promotesyoung talent from the city colleges. His famous productions include Biloxi Blues, God,Sleuth, The Hairy Ape, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Pied Piper of Hamlin.

Event Name: “Kuravanji”- Kattai Koothu[By a street theatre troupe from Kancheepuram]

Date: July 31st

Venue: Pitty Thyagaraya Hall

This will be a street-theatre type performance in Tamil by Kattai Koothu a troupe inKancheepuram.

Event Name: “Ali Baba and Forty Police” – Tamil PlayBy Nalandaway Children Theatre Group

Date: August 1st

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall

Ali Baba and the Forty Police is a funny adaptation of the age old Arabian tales “Alibaba and the forty thieves”.

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