Workshops / Arts-in-Education
Workshop at Vishakapatnam - The Hindu NIE Workshops on Dance
Continuing the tie-up on Outreach Activities with THE HINDU newspaper,
Anita Ratnam and members of Arangham Dance Theatre visited Vishakapatnam
to conduct a one-day Creativity & Movement Workshop for school
students in August 2002 at the Hotel Grand Bay. A wide age-group of
students from several schools in the city participated in the effort to
jog young minds out an academic hiatus and explore the joys of seeing,
hearing and doing just as you saw, heard and felt the response.
Plaintive requests to come back to Vishakapatnam and do more of these
"fun things" were heard loud and clear!
Reports from each city:
A school in North Delhi was the venue for a programme of a very
different kind. And different it was for the 60 children who converged
on February 16, 2002 to experience their inner rhythm and express
themselves... For the participating schools, YUVA SHAKTI, ROHINI, GURU
HAR KISHAN PUBLIC SCHOOL and CRPF, Prashant Vihar, it was truly out of
the routine to interact with Anita Ratnam. She led them on to a
different world... the cold day evaporated into an occasion to remember.
- CHITRA MAHESH, The Hindu, Saturday, March 2, 2002
The workshop on "Interactive Creativity and Movement" by Anita Ratnam
was refreshing for the pupils who shed all their inhibitions... the
highlight was the choreography of Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem
"Where the mind is without fear" in a few minutes by using hand and
facial gestures. At the end the children crowded round Anita yearning
- SUMIT BHATTACHARJEE, The Hindu, Vishakapatnam, Saturday, September 14, 2002
As she started her three-hour workshop at Sree Cauvery School,
Indiranagar, Ms Ratnam said "Just surrender yourself and take on an
adventure and let us think through our bodies" And the students, who
seemed shy initially, gradually got involved and followed each
instruction... breathing exercises, sessions in rhythm, exercises on
trust and leadership, a game to spot dance movements... the children
learned to push themselves to try out different things, respect their
bodies, listen, be observant and explore the space around them.
- SHILPA SEBASTIAN ROMELES, The Hindu, Bangalore, Saturday, September 14, 2002
In their special note to Anita, THE HINDU writes: " We are happy to
inform you that the participants, teachers and heads of institutions
expressed their gratitude to The Hindu in conducting this workshop and
the skills learnt by the participants which was professionally
highlighted by your kind self and your team.
- N RAJASHEKAR, Regional Manager (Circulation), The Hindu, Bangalore
Some Responses from Vishakapatnam:
I think there should be such workshops in every part of India to
encourage young minds to open themselves, to jump, play and enjoy and
learn to respect the body.
- SULAGNA MISHRA, Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir
Self confidence, right expression, team work, communication skills... we
only read about it in books. But today we experienced it.
- GaAGANDEEP SINGH, Bala Bharati School
Such a wonderful workshop! I learned many new things, especially overcoming fear. Most of all, I HAD FUN!
- SHEEBA, Kendriya Vidyalaya
The programme based on interaction and creativity is absolutely
fantastic, bubbling with harmony and very refreshing. I really relished
- SHRAVANA DEEPAK, Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar
An experience of my lifetime... thank you Anita ma'am for invoking my soul and refreshing my dreams.
- NAMRATA, Visakha Valley