Pursue your interest this summer
LEARNING SOMETHING NEW Organisers across the city are offering workshops and short courses in theatre, music, art
Summer holidays are here and children are already busy choosing from a host of activities to indulge in. From theatre to music to reading books, organisers are offering workshops and short courses in summer camps across the city.
If performing arts are what hold your children’s attention, get them enrolled for a two-week theatre course by Drama Bazaar in Nerul.
In the first group, children between four and seven years of age will participate in a theatrebased workshop ‘Little Wings’ and another workshop ‘Bringing Books to Life’ in which children will be taught to bring books to life through drama. The second group is for those between eight and 12 years. They will be taught about comedy, tragedy, horror and melodrama.
“Theatre can do wonders to boost the confidence of children, increase their focus and improve their communication skills,” said Abhishek Panchal, curator of the programme.
Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Natya Parishad is conducting theatre and personality development workshops from April 12 to 23 at Panvel for seven to 14 years.
Painting classes, too, are on the cards. Chhaya’s Painting will conduct month-long workshops in April and May. “Most parents think painting is a regular activity but children explore more in the summer workshops as their mind is free,” said Chhaya Rachawar, painting artist and organiser of the camp. The camp will be held at Sector 17, Nerul.
Iphonics is offering storytelling workshops for three to eight-year-olds at Podar Jumbo Kids from April 18 to 22. “Each day, children will be given a theme-based story and will be taught to present them,” said Bhavya Manepalli, organiser of the camp.
For those bitten by the Bollywood bug, ‘Baccha Bollywood’ at Inorbit mall in Vashi is organising a film-making workshop. The workshop includes modules on acting, direction, script writing, music, dance and film appreciation.
Organisers said selected children from the 15-day workshop will get a chance to star in a short film. “The junior group batch is for children of seven to 10 years and the senior group is for those between 11 and 15 years. Industry experts will be roped in to groom them,” said a member of the organising group.
Beat the Heat is another summer camp that offers a plethora of activities. From April 15 to May 15 and May 2 to May 31, children can learn art and craft, cooking and baking, music, magic and puppetry at Rainbow International Preschool at Nerul. “Today’s children are a reservoir of talent and our workshop has been crafted to explore their hidden talents,” said Pallavi Sheth, co-ordinator of the workshop. Similar workshops will be held at all the Rainbow International Pre-Schools across the city.