Education  India Project #32545

LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

by Ramana Sunritya Aalaya
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Krishna Jayanti Artwork
Krishna Jayanti Artwork

RASA’s work on empowerment through the theatre arts experience saw six more months of fruitful application from April till November 2021 . The structured classes for life skills training continued in the online mode and the specific training given for the festivals and Events that happened in this period were the added inputs given .
The young adults and adults with differing abilities were trained by the expert staff . The areas of life skills training covered included communication skills , creative expression, motor skills , emotion identification abd expression and the like .

Events :
A series of programmes were conducted to celebrate events such as
1. Independence Day
2. Vinayakar Chaturthi
3. Krishna Jayanti
4. Gandhi Jayanti
5. Navaratri (Dushera) and
6. Deepavali

Stories, songs, and art work were taught based on the above themes and the students had an opportunity to show case their talent online - which was streamed on YouTube / other social media platforms for the parents and other well wishers to savour and enjoy.

The students emerged confident and the parents were content with the progress of their children in independently handling the technology era .


The students were trained to make products which would be sold at our store - Anbudan.

They made mask chains, necklaces and gift envelopes , and they were trained in embroidery and paper bag making. The craft kits are sent to their homes by RASA and the students are now handling this mode of communication with ease .

Ganesh Chaturthi Artwork
Ganesh Chaturthi Artwork
Embroidery
Embroidery
Gift envelopes
Gift envelopes
Mobile phone pouches
Mobile phone pouches

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As India went  through the second wave of the pandemic and people started to quarantine in their homes to combat the spread of the virus, RASA used  Art as one way for everyone to keep their spirits positive and also cope with the difficulties and uncertainty of the situation.  RASA took the initiative to bring art directly to everyone's home.   

RASA's special individuals took up projects of creating awareness about Covid 19 amongst the general public. They have enacted how important it is to wear masks. They have talked about the importance of vaccinations. In different ways, they have expressed their solidarity towards each other, the community and the world at large, just by being the beautiful individuals they are.  RASA offers its prayers for every single being in this world to remain healthy and joyous forever.

RASA opened up  open the portals yet again, to let in scope for new energies to flow in and new sharing to take forth.  Admissions were open for online training sessions for young adults and adults with differing abilities for the coming academic year. Many new students from different parts of India enrolled for their Online training in Indian Theatre Arts for Life Skills and Holistic empowerment. 

RASA opened up the classes to different special schools across the city and offered training in Indian Theatre Arts through the virtual mode. 

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RASA Christmas Art Session
RASA Christmas Art Session

Ramana Sunritya Aalaya (RASA)

A report for GlobalGiving- December 2020 - January 2021

By Dr Ambika Kameshwar

Regular online classes continued for our students. Though the lockdown rules were eased out, we decided to continue the online mode of teaching till this academic year ends. We had classes on all the tools of Indian theatre.

Christmas Celebrations

Additionally, we had a small Christmas sharing about the story of Jesus Christ and stories on Santa Claus. Students loved to paint Christmas trees and bells.

Pongal Celebrations

Pongal is an Indian harvest festival. It is an important festival celebrated in south of India where RASA is based.  RASA organized online session for drawing and painting. Students enthusiastically draw and painted art works based on Pongal theme. The pictures depict the mud pot filled with rice, lentils, ghee and jaggery cooked on wood fire typically outdoors in the farms. It represents the abundance in the crop.

Republic Day

In January 2021, regular classes were held through online mode, and stories based on Indian heroes were discussed as a part of Republic Day. Students Drew and painted patriotic themes and understood the importance of Republic day through art.

RASA Aadharan- Bangalore

Virtual classes continued at RASA Aadharan. Stories, songs, dances and role play was taught through interactive sessions. Additionally, Students were taught stories based on Bhagavat Gita. They presented their stories through online sessions which later were shared on RASA Adharan Facebook page and wider audience enjoyed the stories told by students

RASA Online Session 1
RASA Online Session 1
RASA Online Session 2
RASA Online Session 2
RASA Pongal Art Session
RASA Pongal Art Session
RASA Republic Day Art Session
RASA Republic Day Art Session
RASA Art And Craft Online Session
RASA Art And Craft Online Session
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ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS 1ST AUGUST 2020 TO 15TH NOVEMBER 2020

 

RASA - Ramana Sunritya Aalaya – Life Skills Training through the ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE

 

  1. Independence Day Celebration

 

RASA conducted an online  Independence Day celebrations . Though nature has locked us down for being safe , our patriotism to the motherland is always present and united we stand

 

This was the programme presented by our ‘differently able’ artistes.

 

We started  with a Prayer - by Deepa, prajith sujani and sripriya - SRIYAM

 

Next, we moved on to  the Song - shakti - by saranya and navya

 

This was Followed by a Dance - aduvome by Mukund and guru

 

Varun presented a speech on freedom

 

Followed by a song  by Vm Bharat - vande mataram

 

Prasanth sang a Hindi song on freedom and Jaikanth spoke about freedom and the current situation.

 

We showcased artwork done by -Archana, Revati, Rashmi, S Bharat,Arun and others.

 

 The Finale dance was performed by janani 

 

We ended the programme with a prayer by - Naveen and Deepa and The National anthem by - Jaikanth and Kaushik

 

 

  1. ‘RASA 30’ Celebration

 

RASA 30 was a one month long online celebration for showcasing our 30 years of service in the field of Art and Culture and its impact on one and all without disparity . A wide range of programmes were curated . Some of the key programmes were

 

  1. A live interaction with our director about the various aspects of RASA
  2. A live story telling session by Mrs Janaki Sabesh
  3. A drama discussion by theatre personalities
  4. A discussion on the scenario of Carnatic classical music
  5. Theatre productions  of differently abled artistes on various themes like stories from Mahabharata and lady saints of India
  6. A Madhubani art workshop by Mrs lakshmi Shivshankar

 

Many stake holders of the organization – Primary or otherwise ,  who are associated with RASA in a strong way  - provided a video byte of  their experience with RASA . The activities of RASA was also delineated in the morning slots .

 

 

Deepavali Celebration

 

This year , Deepavali was also celebrated from the students homes. The students dressed up and performed music , dance , slokas and speeches . In this celebration the staff of RASA also participated by showcasing their singing talent and conveyed their wishes to the RASA family  .

 

Online classes were held from the beginning of the month in order to prepare for the same . Individualised attention was given to each student and the parents also contributed by wielding the camera and being the costume and makeup designer for their children .

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Online session in progress
Online session in progress

What a past few months it  has been for all of us .. Most of humanity with the exception of frontline workers have been staying in the past few months due to the pandemic .

The lockdown in Chennai , India has allowed us at RASA to " work from home" in a unique way which is characteristically RASA's style.

Lessons have been offered on Skype, stories told, music taught, yoga practiced, and the facilitators have pooled in all their resources to do their very best in these different times.

This allowed not only the staff but the children, teens and  Team RASA also to enjoy the " essence " of the moment.

At RASA, the students are given daily tasks to do which they complete with the help of their caregivers at home during the time of the pandemic.

The following writing from our Director's desk clearly outlines one of the crucial philosophies with which RASA functions.

 

Joyful learning is that in which the process itself is completely fulfilling in every way

There is self-actualization at every point in the process. It is not about learning something to achieve an end result or goal but is about enjoying the process of learning. This ensures that the learning happens spontaneously and positively from within oneself

While the inputs could be external, the learning actually is received from within and made into a beautiful experience that stays with the individual for life. In that 'learning' moment there is a complete transformation that happens within us and remains with us forever

Joyful learning fosters inner empowerment that is most beautiful. Such is its nature.

So let us all learn joyfully, making the learning itself the end result.

Let us make joy our own because that is our true nature.

~ by Dr. Ambika Kameshwar

 

We look forward to your continued support and patronage to help us support and assist in making the world of these very special people brighter .

 

Enjoyment of sessions from home
Enjoyment of sessions from home
Sriyam work from home
Sriyam work from home

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