“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.
Let me arise
From rough stone, hard rock
Let me raise myself
Shoulders hunched, leaning forward
Let me stand erect.
Let me recite
From unspoken words, mute stillness
Let Poetry emerge
Like most who have been to school, I felt I was assimilating so much of information every second that the word cramming seemed appropriate! What was troubling was not just the high intake, but not being able to express what ‘I’ thought, felt or understood. How did we as young people see the world – did it seem happy, confusing or conflicting; what did we give importance to; what we liked/disliked vis-à-vis what others would want us to like? What did I think about happiness, family, success, school and friends?
It is said that for theatre to work and to convey a story to its audience, the first thing you need is the wilful suspension of disbelief. Everyone watching knows that the story unfolding in front of their eyes isn’t real. Everybody knows that they are in a large hall somewhere and the stage is filled with “actors”. Yet, once the play begins, as an audience you suspend your disbelief. You buy in to the story and the setting, and if it is skilfully told you are transported completely into another world. 
Art can provide kids with an easier way to express themselves since children are more naturally artistic and creative.
Rohan (12 years) was at it again that morning.
Cinema as a club activity and a learning tool in the classroom space.
“To try is art. To find is aesthetics”
While J. Krishnamurti, the noted philosopher, says ‘Art is putting things in their right place’, Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish master of minimalist cinema, on being asked if he thought art was useful to human beings, said bluntly - ‘It has to be, it has to be, otherwise we might as well go to hell!’
A scene from a ‘life skills’ workshop held at the Concerned for Working Children (CWC) centre in Kundapura, Mangalore District :
I was never the ideal student through my school days, ranked around thirty second once in a class of fifty four. Made it to cultural captain in my twelfth year and was evidently more interested in music and the arts. Got in through a college entrance exam and got my first whiff of the Fine Arts, a whiff that was to change my life forever.
Theatre can be a powerful means of communicating the excitement and richness of science.
In an influential lecture at the University of Cambridge in 1959, the British chemist and novelist, C.P. Snow drew attention to the ever widening chasm between the sciences and the humanities in post-war Britain. He asserted that “… the intellectual life of the whole of western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups” – literary intellectuals on
The deliverance of knowledge from servitude to will, this forgetting of the individual self and its material interest, this elevation of mind to the will less contemplation of truth, is the function of art.i
- Will Durant: The Story of Philosophy: Washington Square Press: 1961 p. 336


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