Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Regional Centre, Udaipur organized a Short-term online Workshop on "Introducing Cultural Inputs in Curriculum Teaching" from 7 to September 11, 2020. Teachers from various Government Schools of Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal took an active part in interacting with Expert faculties.
The inaugural session was a treat to watch the glimpses of Indian Classical dances like Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Bharatnatyam, and Kathakali. Noted Dance Guru Vidushi Radha Bhaskar Menon of Mudra School of Classical Dances, Ahemadabad explained essential elements of Dance styles through a live demonstration. She also replied to various queries of teachers. She was accompanied by her Husband Guru Bhaskar Menon, son Guru Ananth Menon, Daughter in law Smt. Aparna Kiran Menon, Granddaughter Kum. Vaishnavi Menon & disciple Kum. Madhura Halde. The participating teachers had a high appreciation for the stunning performance of the group. Especially ‘Navrasas’ by Guru Shri Bhaskar Menon stole the show.
Vidushi Guru Radha Ji concluded the session with a famous composition by Narsinh Mehta, "Vaishnava Jan too," which was Gandhiji’s favorite Bhajan.
Prof. Seema Malik, Dean, University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, MLS University shared her in-depth knowledge and rich experience on the topic 'Linking Culture with Education'. During an online session, she discussed various aspects of Culture, values, beliefs, diversity, plurality(multilingual), and social justice, emphasizing teachers' responsibilities in the present time. She explained the New Educational Policy's significance and appealed teachers to contribute their best with the resources available to them.
Dr. Laique Hussain, a senior Theatre Director from Rajasthan, delivered an interactive talk on 'Traditional and Contemporary Indian Theatre.' While displaying various photos on the screen, he also answered questions.
Dr. Shrikrishna Jugnu, a noted Indologist, scholar, author, editor, and translator of ancient literature, spoke on "Indian architecture and sculpture." He explained architecture in three parts Manushayalay/Jalalay and Devalay i.e., home for human beings, water, and Gods. Narrating Sanskrit Shlokas, he explained the ancient wisdom of India with numerous illustrations.
Dr. Laxmi Lal Vairagi took an interactive session on “Rajbhasha Neeti AurUski Samvaidhanik Sthiti," covering various Hindi issues. This session was very significant, keeping I view "Hindi Divas" falling on September 14.
During the concluding session, Prof Jeevan Singh Kharakwal, noted Archaeologist, Scholar and Author shared his views on "Role of Archaeology in the conservation of Historic Monuments." His in-depth knowledge of the subject covered various aspects of cultural heritage. His rich collection of photos and illustrations engrossed participants. Prof. Kharakwal is also attached to many organizations like INTACH, engaged in motivating children in various tangible and intangible aspects of Indian Culture.
The concluding ceremony was graced by the august presence of Dr. Hemlata S.Mohan, Chairperson of CCRT. The valedictory address, she praised all the expert resource persons' efforts for sharing their immense knowledge and vast experience with the participating teachers.
She appealed them to extend this wisdom to their students imbibing elements of Culture. While praising the new Educational Policy, she urged teachers to club Head, Heart, and Hand to make education more holistic and enjoyable. Shri Rishi Kumar Vashist, Director, CCRT, described the significance of online Workshops and ensured more innovative activities with cultural inputs. He appreciated the work of Shri Amit Chauhan and his team of Routes2Roots E-Portal institution.
Teachers were very interested and made appropriate comments during sessions. As a gesture of gratitude, Ms. Surekha Kumbhar, a teacher from Maharashtra, created instant poems in honor of faculties.
The best thing about this Short Term workshop is that besides participating Teachers, many scholars and art enthusiasts get access to their session on YouTube.
Education is a continuing process, and there is no age limit for learning. It was my privilege to attend sessions of knowledgeable persons, along with the participating Teachers. Such Workshops of CCRT would go a long way in helping Teachers making Classroom Teaching more effective by using cultural components and promoting Indian Culture. — Vilas janve