Apart from dance and music performances, the carnival promises some creative options too. So you can head towards the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi stall, which promises an open platform for the public to sing and share poetry. Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi is inspiring people to get their creative juices flowing with a literary quiz, a caption contest, slogan writing and couplet concoction. Contributions are also invited for forthcoming anthologies, so one can submit their short stories and poems at the venue.
Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) that connects with and facilitates participation of people each year at the Chandigarh Carnival, is looking to make friends with people who love children, and initiate innovative ways to reach out to them. CEVA is presenting Kaavad performances at the carnival, apart from some shadow puppetry. Kaavad is an interesting oral tradition of storytelling, believed to be 400 years old. It is still alive in Rajasthan, where stories from the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana are told along with stories from the puranas, caste genealogies and folk traditions. Kaavad is the name of the medium used for this kind of storytelling. The Kaavad at the carnival looks like a box with a number of doors, with colourful illustrations decorating them. As each door opens, a new chapter in the story unfolds.
“We have adapted the folk theatre form for telling educative stories to children and have improvised to create a little hut where the doors keep opening. The basic idea is to start conversations between parents and children,” said Harleen Kohli of CEVA, sharing the new creative initiative here.
At the Brain Gym and Thinker’s Hub, there will be “thought starters”, mind games, puzzles and games to tickle the mind and sections such as “Amazing Science” and “Mathemania” that will offer many “thinking experiences”.
The students of the Government College of Art have a stall displaying artwork in oils, water colours and mixed media, while the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi is looking for budding photographers and has a new collection of memorabilia with imprints of artwork by renowned artists. Completing the creative endeavour is the Chandigarh College of Architecture that has presented a legacy of 50 years of historic modernism, while the Le Corbusier Centre has an exhibition of photographs on display .