“If a child is to keep alive her inborn sense of wonder, she needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with her the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
– Rachel Carson
Our SATURDAY PROGRAM
Theatre games and improvisations, fun and imagination, a rich experience of the arts, interactions with ideas and people in public spaces, all this and more on the the anvil this year
Pipilika – Inclusive Connections
We at Snehadhara believe that healing and learning is as much a process of the community as it is a personal journey. Each child requires meaningful and holistic learning spaces which are co-created by all those who engage with the child.
Pipilika, which means ‘ants’ in Sanskrit, is our outreach program that takes art based therapy to the parents and care givers of the children at the center and to other schools and learning centres. With this objective, Pipilika focuses on capacity building, equipping all those working with children and adults with special needs to look at inclusive and integrated methods of learning and teaching.
Pipilika has explored a multitude of art forms over the years; storytelling, drumming, structured play, weaving, quilting, dyeing, origami and craft, cooking, pottery, body jamming and theatre. This mix of various art forms not only brought a lot of fun & frolic, but also gently helped us to look inwards.
The Program over the years
Our effort towards social inclusion was characterised by bringing children together from different schools and learning centres and introducing them to varied artistic experiences. There were two spaces that opened up to the participants for the Pipilika sessions this year. Some sessions were at the JP Nagar centre and others at Gunina Farms. Each space gave its unique flavour to the program and introduced greater challenges therein. While pottery, drumming and visual arts marked the sessions at the centre, the focus was on storytelling and exploration at the farm. External and in-house facilitators complemented the program with their artistic contributions and provided the children with a gamut of explorations right from messy clay to myriad colours, rhythm and beats, creative machinations to all facets of play.
The focus for us this year across our Pipilika program had been to explore the methodology of working with the arts in manifold ways in diverse spaces. The program had three main parts, the overnight experience, the sessions at the centre and the outdoor visits. The overnighters at the centre were designed to allow each child to exhibit independence in taking care of their belongings, self care needs of eating and dressing, setting up their bedding, packing/unpacking etc. The sessions at the centre were focused on Visual Arts, Storytelling , Movement for Body Awareness, Outdoor Visits.
A very significant experience for the children was the exposure to theatre techniques at the centre and then the presentation of the play at Ranga Shankara. The intent was to see how they receive the practices on a regular basis, how they respond to the rigor of a production and how they carry themselves in a social setting.
The sessions this year have involved group sharing, creative writing, laban movement, play and weaving. The children of this program have explored working with clay, cooking, theatre, origami, wall painting and a game of cricket so far. These children have also been a part of the overnighters once every six weeks. As part of the Pipilika’s Outreach, our ‘Art in Education’ program focussed on taking ABT to other schools and children. This aimed at introducing creative interventions into classroom settings.
This year we covered a wide array of art forms in five slots of six sessions each. The sessions involved exploring impromptu costume parties to one-minute skits, traditional board games, some introspective story sharing sessions with theatre and storytelling, creation of myriad paintings and shadows to create puppets, pottery, baking, folk dances from across the globe and creation of foot tapping rhythms during sessions on music and drumming. Special sessions on rubik’s cube, masks, mirrors, film-screenings were also conducted by experts.
Logistics and Admission process
Pipilika at the centre, is a weekend program designed for parents, siblings and caregivers of children with special needs. Children along with their parents and caregivers learn through specific arts based interventions: music, drama, dance, play, imagination, and storytelling. Piplika, thus, develops deeper understanding, cohesion and creates an experience for all involved with the child to look at learning and initiate the auto-healing process using arts.