Saturday, April 23, 2011
|Children of the school cleaning and digging,make place for their play structure|
|Teachers of the school .|
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Conservation of monuments is happening at a very slow pace, but we seem to have completely ignored preservation of the entire non-tangible heritage, that has come down to us from generations and not been documented, recorded or preserved in any written form.
Folklore is a lifeline that binds us; serving as a platform to make sense of our past and present while simultaneously take a leap of faith into the future.
The next generation of school going children the will the bearers of this information if we pass it to them efficiently.
The school going children from the rural background who are at the bottom of the pyramid are almost untouched by the influence of the city, are taught poems, songs or stories that comprise of innocent themes related to nature and other simple aspects of their rural lives. It is a sharp contrast to what the urban children learn which is mostly of European origin has very little in common with our culture.
Our own nation is a fertile ground that nurtures an illustrious inheritance of lengthy mythologies, small wise fables, music and poetry. It is when these stories are handed over from one to the other, told and retold a million times, in their retelling pieces added and deleted, a folk tale is kept alive and made indispensable.
The objective of this project is focused on the lesser know but equally enthralling folk stories, verse and songs. These lesser know cousins are most popular in homes of our countries small villages and hamlets. These songs and folklore have a possibility of creating an imagery, which can be woven into the fabric of their pedagogy through visuals and colourful illustrations.
Most of these school going children have no other form of recreation and no means to exercise their bodies apart from the hard work that they are expected to do as a part of their daily routine.
About 80 kilometers from Mumbai nestled in small hills three of the village schools have been identified, the nearest small towns being Khopoli and Panvel.
During the scope of this project, the effort will be focused on interacting with the local population, visiting their homes, schools and recording (audio/video) these every individual regions folk culture.
It will be an endeavor to illustrate, draw paint all this acquired material.
The children of these schools can be involved in actually painting these artists illustrations on the school walls, and finally the data procured through research will be transferred into simple small printed books, of which some copies can be handed over to each of these three schools and can be circulated to other schools eventually and uploaded on the web.
In addition to this, the project will involve the creation of small play area in each of these schools using natural or recycled materials found in their environment, this will not only help to exercise their bodies but minds as well and help or enable the process of gathering all the above mentioned information from them. This will allow them to understand how important it is to conserve their natural surroundings and create simple structures by using materials from their everyday lives. The entire process will be video documented and can be used as material that can be shown as an example to other schools