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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Young minds at work

Hyderabad’s ethnic show stop – Shilparamam - very aptly hosted a workshop for students in performing arts, fine arts and visual arts recently. A joint effort of the Government of A.P and the Centre for Cultural and Resources Training (CCRT) Hyderabad Chapter, the event was a nothing short of a cultural mela, brimming with talented scholarship holders polishing their skills.

Portrait pencil sketches by youngsters

The CCRT has been doing pioneering work in the propagation of culture and academic training of which workshops are a regular affair. The significance stems from the fact that trainees were carefully picked and selected from across the country, and from various strata of educational and cultural sectors, and trained under the best professionals from various fields.

Young prodigies of theatre, dance, music, painting and other allied arts were assembled to be equipped with enhanced knowledge and an open minded learning. In this effort the students were mixed and matched into different arenas of learning, except in those areas which required a certain basic foundation.

Where students of visual arts tried their hand in different kinds of painting like cherial, nirmal and kalamkari, training in pottery was an added attraction. Dancers, theatre students and singers were grouped for learning dance drama, and instrumental music training was offered based on a pre-requisite level of expertise.

An evening of music by youngsters on the final day

All along the five day workshop, the hall of Shilparamam needed no acoustics for one part of it reverberated with twenty odd instruments playing beautifully, while the other side had subtle and firm voices speak dialogues of the drama or a teacher explaining nuances of his topic and the guardians of these young talents exchanging pleasantries and building bonds. As for the students, uncluttered immersion into the abundant learning experience was more than satisfying.

Says 12th grader Preethi Vihatkar from Parbhani district of Maharashtra “Painting has always been a passion and this was one opportunity of sorts. I am happy that I was selected and am enjoying the different types of painting that I am learning”. On coaxed in a lighter note she says “Missing school to do this is the best part! I am making new friends and that adds to the joy!”

Thirteen year old Madhubani artist from Bihar

The teachers were experienced stalwarts in their fields and working with children from across the country was a learning experience for them too. Says Mrs. Aruna Bhikshu, a faculty at the University of Hyderabad, Department of Dance and having more than two decades of experience in Theatre and Film training- “I have been given a highly heterogeneous group – Gaudiya dancers, folk singers and theatre students. And it was up to my imagination to exploit the best of their strengths and produce a good outcome. In fact that has made the experience all the more challenging”. As she continued to tune the movements and expressions.

All went well and ended in a grand display of talent of young students of the art!