Creative Writing for Arts & Architecture


by PraveenaShivram, Ashrafi Bhagat, Dr Srivathsan, Suprio Bhattacharjee& V.Sriram


November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22
Time:Saturdays: 3.00 PM to 4.30 PM Sundays: 11.00 AM -12.30 PM
Fee Rs. 2,360/- (GSTincluded)
Open to those between 18 and 50 years of age

Day 1: An Overview
A quick look at the changing ideologies of contemporary art and architecture, and therefore why the writing has also changed via the myriad formats now available.

Day 2: The Art of the Interview
This session will delve deeply into the familiarity of research, the spontaneity of a conversation, and the art of bringing them both together in the writing of an interview.

Day 3: The Art Review with Dr. Ashrafi Bhagat
What does it take to write a compelling art review? Dr. Ashrafi, a curator and art critic, shows you how.

ARCHITECTURAL CRITICISM - A. SRIVATHSAN

CREATIVE WRITING ON HERITAGE - V. SRIRAM

In each of these Sriram will deal with some techniques, the ideas that the colonialists wanted to impress on the locals and the colonial assumptions they made on Indian styles and building methods. 

PraveenaShivram is an independent writer based in Chennai, India, and has written for several national publications, including The Times of India, India Today, The Hindu, The Swaddle, Open Magazine, Biblio: A Review of Books, Asiaville, and Culturama. Her fiction has appeared in the Open Road Review, The Indian Quarterly, Himal South Asian, Out of Print, Jaggery Lit, Desi Writers’ Lounge, Spark, Chaicopy, and HelterSkelter’s anthology of New Writing Volume 6. She is one of the highly commended winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2009, and is the recipient of the Barbra Naidu Personal Essay Prize, 2017.
Till recently she was the Editor of Arts Illustrated, a pan-India arts and design based magazine, and currently curates and edits the Lockdown Journal Chennai.
She holds a PG Diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, and an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication from the University of Leeds, UK.
She is a single mother of two children and an occasional powerlifter.

Dr. A. Srivathsan is an architect and urban designer, and currently Director, Center for Research on Architecture and Urbanism, CEPT University Ahmedabad. He was previously the Academic Director of the University, and before that taught for a decade and worked as a senior journalist with The Hindu, the national newspaper. His research and writings include the themes of urban history, planning policies and contemporary architectural practices.

Sriram Venkatakrishnan  is an entrepreneur, columnist, music historian and heritage activist. He writes in the The Hindu and is Editor of Madras Musings, the fortnightly brought out by late S Muthiah, the city's best-known chronicler. He is currently one of the four Secretaries of the Music Academy, Madras, in which capacity he is the Convenor of its Annual Conference. Sriram's blog Madras Heritage and Carnatic Music is a popular site for trivia on the two subjects that he writes on. He was also Convenor of the Chennai Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage during 2012/13.

Suprio Bhattacharjee is an Architect, Writer/Critic and Pedagogue. He has taught in various architecture schools in Mumbai, prior to his move to Chennai in late-2018. During his time in Mumbai, he founded his own architectural practice S.BAU. Currently, he is the Studio Director of Chennai-based practice architectureRED. He is a Guest Writer for the DOMUS India magazine and his writings have appeared in publications such as TEKTON and INside amongst others.