ART BASED Workshops

Presented workshops for Emory's Michael E. Carlos museum based on the museum's Asian art collection.

  1. Spring Break Art camp 2018 – this 5-day workshop was based on the miniature paintings from the Ramayana. Participants produced a diorama, scripted, made props and acted in a play. They also created and then burned paper effigies of the Demon King Ravana in keeping with the story from great Indian epic Ramayana. It was a busy and fun week with visits to the Center of Puppetry Arts and the Chinmaya Niketan temple.
  2. Hanuman's Ramayana: The workshop included a story telling session based on the book 'Hanuman's Rmaayana' by renowned author Devdutta Patnaik. Children then made their own narratives on banana leaves along with a discussion on story and story-teller.
  3. Ganesha: The group made clay Ganesha idols and learned about the elephant God, Ganesha.
  4. Rangolis: This workshop exposed children to the decorative tradition of making rangolis, an everyday art form. Discussion included the idea of transient art.

Presented a workshop for families visiting the Decatur Public Library.

  1. Storytelling through textiles: The workshop discussed Indian block printing including Ajrakh. Participants got to make their own prints.
  2. Rangoli, an everyday art form: The workshop discussed 'rangoli' as a festive tradition from India. Participants got to explore rangoli making.
CULTURAL Workshops:
  1. "Holi: Festival of color"
    Organized this event with the City of Decatur Library. A colorful celebration of the Hindu spring festival Holi, which commemorates the victory of good over evil and marks the end of winter and abundance of the upcoming spring. This was an Embrace Our World program funded by a grant from the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and the DeKalb Library Foundation.
  2. "Let's dress up" Presented by Global native Gauri Misra-Deshpande, the workshop focused on the art of henna and draping saris and wearing turbans. This was an Embrace Our World program funded by a grant from the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and the DeKalb Library Foundation.

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COOKING: Dekalb County Library System

Workshops conducted with the aim of creating awareness and appreciation to a regional cuisine.

  1. "Peek into my kitchen drawer"
    A personal narrative on Indian cooking, spices and Ayurveda. Conducted a lecture and gave a demonstration at the Decatur Public Library as part of the Embrace Our World program.
    View some recipes from my workshops.
  2. "Indian Desserts"
    A Georgia Center for the Book workshop. Held before the holidays, this workshop focused on desserts from around India. There were 12 different desserts to sample and many more recipes discussed.
  3. "From the Indian Grandma's kitchen"
    Beginning the New Year with generational cooking. Recipes passes on within families for various situations and health conditions.
  1. "Get to know your consumer"
    Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, India.
    The interactive workshop focused on consumer study, market segmentation and brief development. Students developed personas and worked in groups to present their ideas.
  2. Educator Presenter
    NID, Ahmedabad, India
    "Re-Thinking Basic Design Pedagogy Interactive Workshop"
    The presentation focused on teamwork in a creative education environment.

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