‘Summer School’ is a 10-day multidisciplinary program designed and conducted by some of the finest performance arts practitioners and teachers in Delhi. It gives your child an unique opportunity to get introduced to a set of carefully chosen allied art forms of theatre like- Kalaripayattu, Puppetry, Visual Arts, Clowning and Dance & Movement. In the process, it will also guide children to overcome shyness and stage-fright; be more confident on stage as well as in life; help them develop unique flair for problem-solving; and empower them to self-express with autonomy. Summer School will encourage teamwork among participants, and aid them in enhancing self-image by fostering mutual trust, all leading to a short performance at the end of the program.
Acting in theatre is about using your imagination and every child has it in abundance. The module will help them to put it in use by making them play characters from their fantasies. In the process the children will work to improve their speech, listening skills and posture.
Literature Circle is a unique concept that encourages active reading and makes reading books more enjoyable. Everyday, the chidren will read a portion of a novel, discuss it amongst themselves and use it as the material to create their performances.
The children will learn a simple way to develop their physical and mental alertness, strength, stamina and flexibility using powerful techniques based on Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art form of Kerala.
Learning a visual art form like painting, sketching, sculpting or origami helps children to develop observation and visuospatial skills. In this module children will learn the basics of the craft and work to create their own visual art masterpieces.
Puppetry is one of the most entertaining and satisfying art form that makes the children use their mental and physical faculties to the fullest. In this module the children will learn to make their own puppets, create characters by giving them voice and subsequently perform short stories with them.
Learning any dance form makes children develop the awareness for timing and rhythm. In this module the children will learn and practice simple techniques that dancers use to get their bodies to move gracefully on stage.
Vaishali Chakravarty is a contemporary theatre practitioner, scholar and educator. In her distinguished career, Vaishali has worked in several full length productions with the Actor Factor Theatre Company. She is currently the Artistic Director at Actor Factor.
She helps top schools across the country to revamp their drama curriculum. She works with non-profit organizations to introduce drama education in municipal and punchayat schools. She also conducts contemporary speech & drama and communication skills training programs at her several centres in New Delhi, Gurgaon and Kochi.
In addition to learning under theatre veterans like Sabitri Devi and Late Heisnam Kanhailal, Vaishali has formally trained in Drama & Speech and has subsequently been awarded the ‘Associate of Trinity College London – (ATCL) Diploma with Distinction’ in 2013 and 'Licentiate of Trinity College London - (LTCL) Degree with Merit' in 2017 in Speech & Drama and Performance Arts respectively. She attended the Shakespeare Summer School at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA), London in 2016 and was also a participant at the International Drama Teachers’ Conference at the Royal National Theatre, London, 2015.
Garima is the founder of the 'Dramabaaz Co.' and a puppeteer for an internationally acclaimed educational show for children - 'Galli Galli Sim Sim'.
She has been trained in puppetry, story-telling, theatre with Mr. Barry John, Mr. P. Robinson, Noel MacNeal & Mr. Charles Tuthill. She has been awarded the 'Associate Of Trinity College London' dimploma with distiction in performance art. She currently works as a drama teacher at Pathways World School, Noida and practices her passion as a ‘story-teller’.
Sumesh is a theatre artist and martial art trainer from Kerala settled in Delhi. He worked at National School of Drama’s Theatre In Educatio co. as a theatre artist and TIE trainer during the period 2006-2012. Trained in Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art form of Kerala, under Suvrathan Gurukkal, Veda Academy, Chilambam, martial art form of Tamil Nadu under the guidance of Raja Ravi Varma and Karate-Do under the guidance of Manoj Sensei, Bodhidharma Martial Art Academy. He has been conducting martial art classes for about 10 years in Delhi both for children, adults and professional dancers namely Drishtikon Dance Foundation, Anveshana Dance Theatre, Ilhaam Collective, Gati Dance Forum and many more. He is a visiting faculty at National School of Drama giving Kalaripayattu training to the students.
Nilanjan is a self-taught independent artist who gave up his successful career in finance in 2016 to follow his passion for visual arts. In a short period of time he has made a name for himself in the medium of charcoal and realist themes. His early years of schooling happened in London, which is where he got introduced to the fundamental techniques of visual arts and graphic design. Nilanjan has collaborated with top international artists and regularly takes part in public art projects. He makes special effort to introduce children to visual arts early in their lives by conducting workshops and artist residencies.
Dr Parul Purohit Vats is a noted Kathak performer, choreographer and theatre instructor. She was awarded the ‘Veer Durga Das Matri Shakti Award 2017’ and ‘Yuva Puraskar- 2002’ by the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy for her contribution as a Kathak performer. She was awarded the Ph.D for her thesis on dance in 2008 by the Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur. She was recently invited to performed by the noted filmmaker Mr.Muzaffar Ali on the death anniversary of famous Persian poet “Rumi”. She has worked with several prestigious educational institutions and regularly conducts dance workshops at the British Council, New Delhi.