Pur­sue your in­ter­est this sum­mer

LEARN­ING SOME­THING NEW Or­gan­is­ers across the city are of­fer­ing work­shops and short courses in theatre, music, art

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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