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One of Ninasam’s important activities for more than last 2 decades has been the Culture Course, conducted every October.

This year, in 2016, Ninasam plans to conduct the Culture Course from 8th to 12th October (5 days). Several important writers and thinkers from Karnataka and elsewhere will be taking part as resource persons, and some 150 participants are likely to attend the course. The Course is designed around a specific theme every year, and organised as a combination of special lectures on the theme, lecture-demonstration-discussions on fundamentals of appreciation of art forms like literature, theatre, film, music, dance, and so on -all this during the day-sessions, and a series of performances in the evenings.

Fee towards board, lodging & entrance: Rs. 4,000 (for 5 days)
Concessional Fee for students: Rs. 3,000 (A letter from the head of the educational Institution to be submitted)

Those who wish to attend the course could get the application from the web or from Ninasam office and post the filled in application to Ninasam, Heggodu, Sagara, Shimoga – 577 417

Last date for receiving the application: September 10.
Online application facility is also available. Click on “Apply Online” tab on the top of this page.

Ninasam, Heggodu
Sagara Shimoga – 577 417
Pho: 08183-265646
Email ID:

Information to Participants

* This workshop is intended primarily for cultural activists from rural and semi urban parts of Karnataka. But it is open to anyone who has a general interest in cultural activities. Some lectures and presentations will be in English, and a Kannada translation is provided when necessary.

* Many of the sessions and performances in the workshop will be in Kannada, and therefore, those who can not understand Kannada will have a disadvantage.

* Those who wish to apply could either get the application form from our office; or could download it here; and post the filled in application with necessary details, before September 10th 2016. Those who are selected will be intimated. Online application facility is also available in the “Apply Online” tab on the top of this page.

* Total Fee to cover food, lodging and entrance fee for evening programs for all 5 days is Rs. 4000. Students, with certificates from the heads of institutions pay a concessional fee of Rs. 3000. This has to be paid through a DD in favor of Ninasam, Payable at Karnataka Bank, Heggodu or any other banks, at Sagara (Shimoga district, Karnataka) branch.

* All participants must attend all the days; partial participation is not allowed.

Last date for receiving the applications: September 10, 2016.

Our Contact address is
Ninasam, Heggodu
Sagara Shimoga – 577 417
Pho: 08183-265646
Email ID:

Invited guests (Tentative list)

Sri. Javed Akhtar

Sri. Claude Alvares

Sri. Samik Banarjee

Sri. Harish Trivedi

Sri. Darshan Shankar

Sri. Ganesh Devy

Sri. Sha. Shettar

Sri. H S Venkatesh Murthy

Sri. Atul Tiwari

Sri. K.V. Tirumalesh

Smt. Shylaja Venugopal

Smt. Vaishali Shreenivas

Dr. Sundar Sarukkai

Smt. Deepa Ganesh

Sri. Krishnamurthy Hanuru

Sri. Sunil Shanabhag

Sri. Chandan Gowda

Sri. D S Nagabhushan

Sri. Abdussalam Puthige

Sri. Jose Nandikkar

Sri. J S Sadananda

Sri. M S Sriram

Sri. S R Vijayashankar and others

Sri. T P Ashok and Sri. Jasawanth Jadav (Course Coordinators)

Evening Programs (For public)

Date Time Event/s
08-10-2016 7 PM Tirugata Play: Kalamdugeya Kathe
Dir. by: BRV Aithal
09-10-2016 7 PM Tirugata Play:Atta Dhari Itta Puli
Dir. by: Heisnam Tomba
10-10-2016 7 PM Ninasam Play: Malati Madhava
Dir. by: K.V. Akshara
11-10-2016 7 PM Music Concert
By: Smt. Bindumalini
11-10-2016 8.30 PM Invited Play: Akshayambara
Dir. by: Sharanya Ramaprakash
12-10-2016 7 PM Invited Kannada Play: Shakespeare Manege Banda
Dir. by: Nataraj Honnavalli

Venue: Shivarama Karantha Rangamandira, Heggodu

Afternoon Programs (For participants)

Date Time Event/s
08-10-2016 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Poetry Recitals
09-10-2016 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Story Recital
10-10-2016 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Poetry Play: Blank Page
Dir. by: Sunil Shanabhag
11-10-2016 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Janamanadata Play: Odiri
Dir by: M Ganesh
12-10-2016 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Projection of Short films: Kannada Kavya Kannadi
As we have received more application than we can select, the applications for Ninasam Culture Course has been closed. Those who have already applied will soon get an intimation about their selection or rejection via e-mail.
1. To download Culture Course 2016 Program Brochure click here.(File type: Zip, Size: 12.7 MB)

2. To download Ninasam Culture Course 2016 Poster click here.(File type: JPG, Size: 2.01 MB)



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