CAN a three-year-old learn to cook? Well, he can have fun while doing it, surely. Fun is the common word among the wide range of activities that kids can get involved in, at WordPlay. It's much more than a bookshop for children; it's a place where they can enjoy learning dance, drama, art and music, as well as immerse themselves in story telling. A concept store started by Pramita Prasad, it aims to be a resource centre both for children and adults who work with children. Well-known personalities in the various arts hold brief, interactive workshops for children. There are workshops for underprivileged children as well. Wordmagic, Storyfun, Colourfun, Dancefun, and Foodfun are some of the offerings at WordPlay in March. There's also a Bengali learning programme (in association with a leading paper of Kolkata) for children who wish to learn to read, write and speak the language. The store is situated at 2041, 17th Main, (near Doopanahalli bus-stand), 1st Cross, HAL 2nd Stage. For details call 5272850, 5275877.
IN an age when International Women's Day has degenerated to buy-your-girlfriend-a-diamond day, it's good to know there are many who keep the spirit of its history alive. A whole host of organisations, from women's groups including Vimochana, Manasa, Women's Voice, JWP, WINA, Manini, and YWCA, to numerous ecumenical, civic, human rights and child rights groups, have united under the banner of Mahila Okkoota to hold programmes on every day of the week leading up to March 8. Communal harmony is the overarching theme. There will be street plays, public meetings, marches, silent protests, and a quilt-making session by garments workers.
On March 5, Manasa will organise a meeting on the writings of Ismat Chugtai, a ghazal and shayiri programme, and a session where couples in inter-religious marriages speak about their daily experiences. At Ravindra Kalakshetra in the Ladies Lounge, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On March 8, a rally will start from Makkala Koota in Chamarajpet at 3 p.m. and end at National College grounds in Basavanagudi, where it will be followed by speeches, Yakshagana, drama, poetry and more. For details of daily programmes, phone Vimochana on 5492779, 5492781.
A branch of a European organisation, called the Cicopa International Organisation of Industrial Artisans and Service Producers' Co-operatives, is holding a ceramic workshop. Don't let the name mislead you into thinking it's only for professional artisans. "It's open to all," say the organisers. "Even men have enrolled." The three-day training programme is titled "Ceramic work on pot". It's the process of applying ceramic dough on small and medium terracota pots and painting designs on them. The workshop starts on March 3. Contact the organisation at 67, Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari 2nd Stage or call 6690119, 6692036.
C. K. Meena
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