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 for more.
- 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 it!
- 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

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