Performing Arts

An important part of any curriculum is the performing arts. Through instruction in dance and music, children witness for themselves lessons in physics: force, mass, motion, and sound waves. They learn symmetry, sound, and spatial relationships, and concepts like frequency and harmonics, as well as emotional intelligence using techniques found in bharathnatyam and kuchipudi.

 

Keeping rhythm is a mathematics lesson that is felt and heard, like a heartbeat. Counting, addition, fractions, and exponentials can be taught through rhythmic patterns. This is holistic learning at its best.

 

The Performing Arts Center on the Agastya campus is a theater worthy of major productions – a state-of-the-art facility. Here, after the children have had lessons in music and dance, professionals who visit the campus sometimes grace the children with performances. Here, the potential for what they have been learning comes alive. They see the importance of staying together, of correctly keeping time, of being aware of everything around them. The performing arts also connect these rural children to their cultural heritage and, through that, to India herself.

“Right now, there’s no comprehensive curriculum available that addresses the key issue of how 
to directly trigger creativity in children. That’s where Agastya comes in. Agastya wants a child to learn - wants a child to discover and to lead - so our programs are designed around this inspiration focus.” ~ Ajith Basu, Chief Programs Executive, Agastya International Foundation
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