A melange of programmes will be organized on the occasion of Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) Foundation Day on 8 April from 4 pm onwards. The programmes are being organized by Department of Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan and JKK. The grand celebration will begin with a unique astrophotography workshop conducted by photographer, Anchit Natha. Similarly, an art camp began today, the works of which will be presented in an exhibition and play ‘Ek Actor ki Maut’ by Saurabh Srivastava will also be staged. The programme will be inaugurated by Minister of Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla.
Astrophotography Workshop-cum-hands-on practice
An astrophotography workshop-cum-hands-practice will be organised at Krishnayan from 4 pm to 6 pm. The workshop will be conducted by photographer, Mr. Anchit Natha. It is aimed at understanding the history, basics and theory behind low light and night sky photography. Participants will learn how to capture star, star trails, the Milky Way, ethics of astrophotography, planning shoots, using mobile apps and much more. During the second half of the workshop all the participants will be taken to a night sky location with good star visibility to be taught how to set up their equipment and practice night sky photography. Those interested can register on https://forms.gle/QMFT31KcZmxT57kb8. The registration fee is Rs. 1000 per participant.
Art Camp and Exhibition
Over 10 artists from various parts of the country began working with clay as a medium today at the Art Camp at JKK. The artists will be working over the next two days moulding and hand building with the clay to create original sculptures which are a reflection of their creative expression. They will also be wheel throwing and finishing their sculptures by baking the clay. The participating artists are from Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Bihar, Udaipur and Jaipur. During the opening, Director General, JKK, Ms Mugdha Sinha was present. She interacted with all the artists and discussed their work ideas for the art camp. On 8 April, all the sculptures prepared by the artists during the workshop will be exhibited in the Alankar and Surdarshan Galleries at 5.30 pm.
Play Ek Actor ki Maut
The celebration will conclude with the staging of Hindi play, ‘Ek Actor ki Maut’ directed by Saurabh Srivastava at Rangayan at 7 pm. The play has been originally written by Croatian author, Miro Gavran and has been translated by Saurabh Srivastava into Hindi. It will be presented by Gandharv Theatre under the aegis of Sahi Memorial Trust. The theatrical piece has 3 angles – a simple love story, seeking life’s vision amidst human struggles and the principles of theatre. Seating is on first come first serve basis. There are limited seats because of social distancing. Every one is requested to arrive by 6 pm.
The plot follows two actors – Akshay and Ira both around 60 years old. Ira is a professional artiste whereas Akshay is an amateur. Ira faces numerous struggles in her personal and professional life. Akshay is a huge fan of Ira’s and has been following her career for 40 years. He invites Ira to do a play for a charity show in an old age home. During rehearsals, they share various aspects of their lives and gradually develop a habitual relationship. An unknown emotion is born between them.