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Beyond the Red Nose An Introductory Workshop to the Art of Clowning for Wellbeing Ages 10+


Apr 28 2024 to Apr 28 2024 11 a.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Clowning as an art form allows one to be their most vulnerable self with the freedom to express all kinds of emotions in a light, joyous way. It is both a therapeutic experience as well as a learning experience. Clowning uses strategies like honesty, simplicity, connection, respect and honour wrapped in humour and joy to help participants find their inner child. When applied in a healthcare system or any place where people are frustrated, anxious or experiencing shame and hopelessness, it becomes a very effective medium to express all kinds of emotions which are otherwise suppressed. It helps unlock a therapeutic effect not only for the people in such setups but also for the people who go in as clowns. This session will involve lots of games, partner work, imagination, voice and body work. Note: Participants are requested to wear loose and comfortable clothing to the workshop as there will be moderately intense physical work. In collaboration with: Facilitator Sriharsha Grama Healthcare Clown & Theatre Practitioner Sriharsha Grama has been a theatre practitioner as an actor for the last 20+ years. He has worked with many well-known theatre directors like Abhishek Majumdar, Chidambara Rao Jambe, Raghunandan (NSD), Joseph (Neenasam), Akhshay Gandhi, Vinod Raveendran and Basav Biradar to name a few. He has also trained under various well known companies such as, Adishakti Theatre (Pondicherry), Siti Company (New York), Bannanje Sanjeev Suvarna -Principal Yakshagaana Kendra (Udupi), Apurva Arthur (Kalaripayattu) and Lakshmana K P (Realism in Theatre). In the year 2023, Igor Narovski (Artistic Director, Dr. Klauns in Latvia), Suzie Ferguson (Artistic Director, Hearts and Minds in Scotland) came to Bangalore and together with Sriharsha founded a Healthcare Clowning organization called The Doctor Parrots Org, Sriharsha as Co-Artistic Director and Managing Trustee of The Doctor Parrots Org has undergone intensive training in Healthcare Clowning, and continues practise by visiting hospitals and marginalised areas in and around Bangalore regularly, to conduct clowning sessions.

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