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Tales of the Forest – Script Writing Workshop

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Date(s) - 17 Aug 2012 until 19 Aug 2012
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Open Space


Between the Aranyakanda and the Kiskindhakanda the characters of the Ramayana become much more complex, and where ethical dilemmas began to feature prominently in the story. Why did Sita mistrust Lakshmana’s faithfulness towards Rama? Why did Rama slay Vali without proper combat? Although the triad of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana are widely respected as the “perfect” companionship, these are timeless ethical dilemmas that have kept poets and artists thinking about the Ramayana for hundreds of years.

Taking these questions as a starting point Annie Zaidi will lead the group through a series of script writing exercises, to think critically about stories, narratives and movement in the Ramayana.

Annie Zaidi wrote Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales in 2010. Some poems have appeared in The Little Magazine, Desilit, First Proof: 2, Pratilipi, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and Mint. Her first play Name, Place, Animal, Thing was short-listed for The Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award, 2009. She has been a journalist for a decade and has written for several newspapers and magazines including Frontline, Tehelka, Mid-Day and Deccan Herald.

The workshop is open for those 18 years and above. With limited seats we ask you to register early!

Date: 17 – 19 August (The workshop will be held in the evenings between 5 – 8 pm)

Fees: Rs 900 (Student discounts are available)

For more information on the workshop please get in touch with us at:

Tel. No: 020-25457371

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Register at Open Space, B-301, Kanchanjunga building, Kanchan Lane, Off Law College Rd, (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)


Tentative Schedule:

17 August, Friday 5-8 pm: “Where the quiet is”

The first day will be devoted to getting participants to focus on characters, or portions of Valmiki’s Ramayana, that raise uncomfortable questions about righteousness, or justice. There will be an emphasis on gender, and an examination of emotional relationships between different characters, as well as their power equations.

Each participant will pick one such character whose question seems to demand answers most urgently/forcefully.

18 August, Saturday  4-8 pm: “First Person Singular”

On the second day, participants will have to come in with some basic research, which they will apply through writing exercises. Each one will choose a different character. As a group, they will be telling a larger story from the perspective of characters that seem to come out of the ethical grey zones in Valmiki’s Ramayana.

19 August, Sunday 4-8 pm: “And what about…”

The workshop leader will be guiding individual creative processes towards a monologue, or a short story written in the first person. The third day will lead to a rough draft, or an outline at least. The interplay of ‘voices’ might lend form to unarticulated or suppressed ethical dilemmas that are as contemporary and as relevant as the Ramayana itself.