Breathing life to Haikus - an experiential session

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by Padma Damodaran on Friday, January 23, 2015

Performing Arts

Session type

Technical level


To literally bring haikus alive, and thus gain insights about life and storytelling. Bonsu: gets you working on your speech and diction.


Traditional haikus are typically 17 syllables long, in the rhythm of 5,7, 5. They are very often about nature, but not necessarily so. More importantly they offer a sudden insight to life. Jaimini and Padma will start with reading out some haikus, look at the history and nature of haikus in Japan, and their subsequent rage across the world, and then open the floor to anyone who wants to similarly engage in reading, or even embodying haikus. Haikus will be handed out to ease this process. However, people are encouraged to bring their own, or even write their own on the spot.


A liking for poetry, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be open

Speaker bio

Jaimini Pathak is an actor, and director and runs the theatre company Working Title in Mumbai. His show Mahadevbhai, written and directed by Ramu Ramnathan, is a 2-hour long monologue performed in three different languages, and has done over 300 shows. He recently directed Ramu Ramnathan’s Postcards from Bardoli, and the Boy Who Stopped Smiling.
Padma Damodaran is an actor, dancer and writer, currently seen in Manav Kaul’s Colourblind and Jaimini Pathak’s The Boy Who Stopped Smiling. She is the founder co-convenor of the Drama School Mumbai, and is currently designing a new theatre training programme that includes only traditional Indian theatre forms with a view to informing contemporary theatre practice. She likes the idea of engaging in ideas with a drink in hand, as she feels they then come from the heart.