dance

“It is not bad to go wrong”, the eight year old said to me. I thought to myself - she is right. I need to find a way for her to get beyond the mistake! We then got into the reason that may have caused all the repeated problems in dancing the particular adavu. “Is it just that you are unable to understand it or is it that you haven’t tried it enough times?” I asked. The body has to learn to adapt to the demands of each movement. In the subsequent conversation the little girl and I agreed that it was a bit of both.
It is amazing that hardly 10-days go by without my meeting someone who has fond memories of my grandparents, Geoffrey and Laura Kendal, and their theatre company, Shakespeareana, that would annually visit schools across the country bringing the magic of Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw and other contemporary playwrights to school and college children. The experience of these performances left an indelible impression on a generation of English school-going children. This was in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.

This video on the dance forms in India can encourage children to appreciate dance as a  form of expression and help them understand the culture of India through its dance traditions.

The latest issue of Learning Curve focuses on 'arts in school education'. The burthen of the collective message of this issue is: in the life of our children, Art is as essential as any other subject. Art sharpens perceptions of the world around us, it increases awareness and sensitivity. It also enhances human relationships as we discover the similarities of the artistic experience.There is a general recognition of the fact that the word 'art' encapsulates within itself a wealth of meaning, as witness phrases such as the art of writing, of communication, of social and political exchange.

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