9 year old, Kajal can draw perfect circles now with which she embellishes the borders of her Patua scrolls. Kajal has been a part of The Storytellers Collective for past eight months and has been taking classes at Vidya and Child centre in Noida. She eagerly awaits for her class every week. Kajal is one of the hundred kids, studying at eight different centres in Delhi under this programme.
Harman, a Youth Educator, takes classes at Tarang Kala Kendra Centre talks about how the training has helped her in the classroom. “This programme helps in bringing art and storytelling to classrooms and it is amazing to see how students use different elements of Patua with their experiences and create narratives,” she adds.
Our journey till now has been very exciting given the sheer enthusiasm of everyone involved and the different experiences they bring. All our Educators are pursuing different things in life – but Patua Art and stories bring them together. It is perhaps too early to hope that our traditional arts will someday become great learning aids, but we can already see the impact it has on those learning, and the ones teaching. More than anything, to nurture young practitioners of an age-old art form has been a challenge worth pursuing.
Kajal along with other kids hope to see their stories published in a book. Please help us publish and distribute these resources amidst Kajal and her friends/peers.
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