A new katta!

Ambika Shaligram
Monday, 4 September 2017

Director of MKSS’ School of Media Art, Radhika Kakatkar Ingale, discusses its SMART Katta initiative

Adding to the growing list of ‘spaces’ in the city to talk, explore and ‘liberating the mind’ is SMART Katta. An initiative of Maharashi Stree Shikshan Sanstha’s (MKSS) School of Media Art, the first guest to engage with the students, faculty and discerning citizens, is actor-writer-director Vibhawari Deshpande.

Explaining more about the SMART Katta, its director, Radhika Kakatkar Ingale, says “Basically, it will be an evening of art. All those who want to unwind and be in the company of arts and artisans should definitely drop in for the open forum session. We have a terrace here, which we are creating into SMART terrace, where we will have painting, poetry slam, jamming sessions with musicians and so on. For example, we will arrange for canvas and paints and get people to paint. An artist will talk about art and colours, like what does each colour stand for, its meaning, etc.”

The katta will be flagged off on the evening of September 8 with Vibhawari in a formal interaction with Devdutta Bhingarkar, faculty at SMART and also a radio jockey. After an hour-long session, it will be the turn of the audience to interact with the accomplished actress.

“At SMART, we have all women students and I think Vibhawari is an inspiration to all of them. She is connected with all media forms — right from television to theatre to cinema. She has also written successful play scripts and knows the nitty-gritties of media. The students will benefit from this session,” adds Ingale.

Although the sessions are going to be monthly, the format is not fixed. “I am planning to invite Sukanya Kulkarni-Mone for an interaction. I would also like to plan a session on music — how songs are composed, for instance. We would also like to host a GRIP’s play for children around Children’s Day. This would be for the students of MKSS Schools. We plan to take theatre to them. An audio-visual session on Indology is also in the offing,” she explains, adding, “A one off session in film appreciation has also been planned, with focus on what to look in cinema.”   

They want a discussion between the artists and the laymen to broaden the understanding of performing and non-performing arts. “Therefore we want everyone to attend these sessions which are free. All you have to do is RSVP your presence on School of Media Art’s FB page,” concludes Ingale.

Join in SMART Katta session with actress-writer-director, Vibhawari Deshpande, on September 8, between 4 and 6 pm. The katta will meet on the terrace of MKSS Pradhan Karyalay, above Nivedita Sahakari Bank, Karvenagar.

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