Arts & Education in India
One last highlight of 2015 was time with Daniel from USA. He spent time of his holiday with us and did short sessions during our last part of our rehearsal and toured to West Bengal with us. He is a man of birth in USA and his soul is in India. He accepted whatever we offered and tried to adjust all the limitations in comparison to his life in USA. Thanks to him. We have learnt few more useful exercise through that he will be with us till he comes back again.
*Aazhi Children’s Theatre Group*
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
I have worked with the Artistic Director, Velu Saravanan, many times. Most significantly we performed in several cities across South India in his play.
Kadal Bhoothum (the Sea Monster)
A production of the Aazhi Children’s Theatre Group starring Velu Saravanan and Daniel A. Kelin, II. Performed under a tree near a rice field near Muthupillaipillam Elementary School, Pondicherry, India. This event happened on my birthday. I shared chocolate with the child audience, a local birthday tradition.
Shantipur, West Bengal
Over three glorious summer weeks, I trained the actors in applied drama techniques. I also devised a play with them in which I also performed. (Blog of my experience)
Mystery of Nihoa Island
The performance was staged as a part of a Children’s Theatre Festival in July of 2012.
*Isha Home School*
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
A boarding school for Indian students who live locally and abroad, Isha is connected with the Isha Yoga Center. I have conducted professional development workshops for most of the faculty, as well as residencies with a significant portion of the student population. (Blog of my experience)
Bhopal, Madya Pradesh
The 2017-18 Ensemble International Theatre Festival brought together artists of multiple backgrounds and experience from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka for a 15 day workshop on Theatre-in-Education. Mixed language groups created primarily non-verbal vignettes on the theme of life choices that were performed for equally mixed groups of schoolchildren to University faculty. (Blog of my experience)
The theatre’s mission is to connect the artistic struggle developing a Modern Indian Theatre style with social movement for changing peoples’ mind and choices of life, through demonstrating alternative cultural life and performances. Theatre was major instrument to experiment with such as : Theatre for Awareness (for performers as well as the audiences); Revival of Puppetry with modern theme; Theatre in Education, Women’s empowerment through theatre, Theatre as a personality building exercises being always with a peoples oriented movement. (Blog of my experience)
You've captured with grace what it means to be a guest artist in a culture different from our own; I will remember your words.
*Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar*
As a 2009 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar in Education, I designed a project called Animating Mythological History. Through drama, writing and field trips to Mahabalipuram, I guided Class 5 to 8 students to develop deeper investment in and understanding of mythological history as portrayed through temple architecture in order to broaden the students’ concept of their contemporary cultural selves.
My Fulbright also resulted in Drama as a Way of Learning. Click to find out more.
*TYA/USA Ann Shaw Fellowship*
In 2006 I was awarded an Ann Shaw Fellowship by TYA/USA. I conducted a pair of school-based programs in Chennai and Pondicherry with an all-boys catholic school, an all-girls government school for disadvantaged families and a charter-like school for girls.