This year, Art Arattai Aarpattam travelled to 12 schools across the city – both government and private schools spread across Chennai, from Somangalam (which felt like travelling to a different city – it’s beyond Tamabaram) to Triplicane (where it’s quite a struggle spotting the school building) to Mehta Nagar. Two events were organized in each school – an ArtSpeak lecture and the screening of a blockbuster children’s film.
As part of ArtSpeak, an eminent artiste was invited to conduct a lecture-demonstration about their specialized art form, in attempt to introduce the art form, inspire children towards learning it and appreciating it. At the end of each session was also an interactive Q&A round, where children were encouraged to ask questions. The best 3 questions that came from the children were awarded with gift vouchers from Pothys, our principal sponsor. We were indeed blessed to have the support of several artistes such as Dr. Sriram Parasuram – eminent carnatic singer ad musician, Dr. Padma Subramanyam – well-known Bharatanatyam dancer and scholar, Keshav – cartoonist at The Hindu, Tripura Kashyap – dance educator and movement therapist, Bala – Creative Director of Theatre Nisha, Ilango – popular artist and art teacher, Kalieaswari – Theatre performer and trainer, Dr. Chitra Madhavan – Historian and Archaeologist, Vedant Bharadwaj – Musician and composer, Geetha Ramanujam – Story-teller and educator and Jai Undurti – Writer and Graphic Novelist, who took time out interact with children at these schools.
|Cartoonist Keshav being mobbed for autographs at a Govt school in Thoraipakkam :)|
|At the screening of Lion King - MBN Girls Hr Sec School, Chrompet|
Photo Courtesy: Shrinath Sundaram