Children Theatre: Creative endeavour during Summer break

Mohd Yaseen
In Jammu, schools are now closed for summer vacations and parents have started their hunt for the right summer camp for their children to suit their interests as well as to spend the vacations purposefully. More and more students are looking forward to summer camps, as they provide them with the opportunity to do something different from their mundane routine.
With the growing competition every teacher and parent is following the rule of thumb and to break this monotony Natrang introduces theatre to the kids which brings freshness to the child’s imagination and helps them grow intellectually. Since every child is special, it is important that one must encourage them to open up to the best of their ability by giving them confidence.
Jammu based theatre organisation Natrang provides an opportunity to children to enjoy their Summer break with learning beyond the textbooks. Natrang will have a 40 days Summer camp starting from 9th June, 2019 for children where they will learn and explore personality development, confidence building, communication skills, acting, stagecraft and much more with the help of highly latest theatre exercises developed in Europe and USA. The camp has been designed especially for the children between the age group of 6 to 14 years. Infact in the last 29 years, Natrang has produced the best of the child artists of the country through its process of training.
It is pertinent to mention here that the training module of Natrang’s Children theatre has been devised by Balwant Thakur himself, who has taken the children theatre of Jammu to the entire length and breadth of the Country.
Sharing the views on Theatre Workshops for Children, Mr Thakur says that children have immense possibilities and abilities to outshine but they are required to be explored through such highly innovative techniques of theatre and arts. They need to be infused self confidence and equipped with new tools of communication. Here is the opportunity being provided by Natrang which I would like all parents and children to avail.
As theatre requires a high degree of confidence, discipline, creativity, spontaneity, team spirit and consistence, those trained during theatre workshops imbibe the above qualities as they are trained in a highly professional manner by experts.
Said Sumeet Sharma, who started his career as a child artist and because of his keen interest and immense experience, has been giving training to Children since last 15 years. ‘Theatre Workshop provides a fertile ground to children in which their creativity grows rapidly. Other than learning directly from the sessions, they observe a lot of things indirectly which proves very beneficial for their overall growth. They increase their confidence, imagination, discipline and friend circle in such workshops’.
Aarushi Thakur Rana, who has done many productions with children quotes, ‘Theatre is a sophisticated expression of basic human needs. For children it is an instinct to mimic and to tell stories through narratives and metaphors. This innate quality in children is enhanced and polished with the help of theatre. It is vital to understand that when phrases like ‘learning is fun’ and ‘play and learn’ are quoted, we can easily think of theatre as a means to learning in a child’s life’
Natrang has been organising theatre workshop Spring Theatre workshops, Winter Theatre Workshops as a regular feature of Natrang’s activities. One can always remember Natrang’s proud artist Vrinda Gujral who brought pride for the state of Jammu and Kashmir by securing 1st runner up position in the popular TV show ‘Sabse Bada Kalakaar’ in the year 2017. The period of Summer Vacations is exclusively dedicated for Children Theatre every year by Natrang as this is the only time when the children have many days in continuity to learn, explore and improve their personalities and inner immense abilities in a fun-filled creative ambience.


‘No summer break could mean nervous breakdown, burnout for Mumbai schoolchildren’

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Early burnout, stress, and nervous breakdowns — this is what experts fear Mumbai children will suffer from if schools deprive them of their two-month-long summer vacation by starting the academic year early.

The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights recently asked schools to let children enjoy their summer break, a request educators and child development specialists in Mumbai are keen to enforce.

Parents of high school students raised concerns over Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Council of Secondary Education (ICSE) schools holding classes for the new academic year during April or May. They said this will deny children the opportunity to enjoy, relax, refresh, play, and acquire extra-curricular skills.

Acting on behalf of these complaints, the commission on April 22 issued immediate orders to Kerala schools, asking them to stop vacation classes. It asked the principal secretary of the state school education department to examine the issue of vacations in the context of child rights. It also ordered schools to fix the maximum days during which summer camps and workshops can be held.

The commission said vacations enable a child to develop skills that are essential for healthy and meaningful life. Such skills cannot be found between the two pages of a book, it added.

“The concept of a vacation has always been integral to the education system,” reads the order. “It was well recognised that a child must be given opportunities, not only for formal learning at school, but informal learning to develop life skills, to interact and socialise with others and nurture a talent for arts, sports,” it continues.

Terming this a ‘landmark order in child rights’, educators and child specialists in Mumbai said it should be made applicable to the entire country. “Schools across India are cutting their vacations short to complete the syllabus. It is just as important that they get a sufficient break from academic pursuits,” said Dr Dhaval Mody, psychiatrist and clinical psychologist with Vrudhi Research Foundation.

According to Mody, loss of holidays can lead to psychological and psychiatric issues. “Close to 50% of mental health-related issues manifest themselves between 14 and 17 years of age, while 75% occur between 18 and 24 years,” said Mody. “This happens because of exhaustion and mental pressure,” he added.

On the other hand, schools said that while many of them consciously try to give students longer summer breaks, the purpose is defeated as parents sign them up for coaching classes during that period.

“If we don’t hold summer classes, parents send children for tuitions, which is a big menace. We often advise against it, but parents do not listen to us,” said Zeenat Bhojabhoy, principal, Jamnabai Narsee School (ICSE), Vile Parle (West).



You Won’t Believe How Easy it Is to Break the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

“The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is our easiest to break mobile device.”

OK, so that’s not how the company is advertising the Note 5, except for maybe in the Bizzaro world.

But Samsung is admitting its new product has a pretty serious design flaw. The Note 5’s stylus can be inserted into its silo in both directions, but one of those directions can cause permanent damage to the phone’s functionality and disable the stylus detection feature.

The Verge reports:

“The flaw is particularly annoying because of the ease with which the S Pen can be inserted into the Note 5 the wrong way. With previous versions of the Note, it was impossible (or simply very difficult) to put the stylus in blunt end first, but the Note 5’s redesigned S Pen means it’s the same shape all the way down its length, and can be pushed into the phone just as easily the right way as the wrong way round.”

Samsung issued a statement recently advising users to carefully read the Note’s user manual. The company advises: “We highly recommend our Galaxy Note5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S pen in the other way around.”

However, Android Police says Samsung was “aware of this issue when it shipped the Note 5 and still did not seek to actively address it — the official manual for the phone very clearly states that the S Pen should not be placed in the device backward, lest damage occur to the phone or pen.”

They also include a video in their report showing the breakage in action.

The Note 5 was introduced earlier this month. Its upgrades from the previous Note include a more comfortable ergonomic design featuring a curved back and narrower bezel.

Another new feature allows users to write down ideas or quick notes when the screen is off even if it is locked. Samsung says PDF files can now be annotated with the S Pen and users can use ‘Scroll capture’ to capture Web articles or images even if they are long. That assumes, of course, the pen doesn’t break.

Meanwhile, Wired gives the Note 5 and its sister phone the S6 Edge an 8 out 10, saying they’re both “great phones.”

The publication adds:

“With about 10 minutes of customization — downloading the right theme and hiding the right apps — they’re exceptional phones.”

The Note 5 is available now from all major U.S. carriers, and sells for between $700 and $750.

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Quantum Break Windows 10 PC Settings Revealed

Quantum Break Windows 10 PC Settings Revealed

With time-manipulating shooter Quantum Break hitting Windows 10 PC (in addition to the Xbox One), developer Remedy Entertainment revealed what graphical options you can expect when the game is out on April 5.

“By popular request, we decided to share the Windows 10 version graphics settings that you’ll be able to tweak to get the most out of your gaming set-up. With options varying between on/off, minimum, medium, high and ultra, you can adjust the graphical fidelity of Quantum Break to your liking and experience the game even in 4K resolution,” a post on the developer’s site reads.

Options range from being able to lock the frame rate to 30fps to adjust the quality of special effects and volumetric lighting. Its graphic settings do not look as anaemic as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, promising some degree of customisation. Take a look at them below.

qb_pc_gfx_options1.jpgqb_pc_gfx_options2.jpgConsidering how poor Gears of War: Ultimate Edition fared on Windows 10, we wouldn’t keep our hopes up for Quantum Break’s PC debut. More so after it was revealed that viewing the game’s live-action episodes require you to be connected to the Internet on PC. This decision was taken to save hard drive space because the videos are in 4K resolution for the platform, making streaming the only viable alternative as per the game’s narrative designer Greg Louden. Although Xbox One owners can download them in 1080p, this option has not been extended to those on Windows 10 PC. If you’re still undeterred, here are the game’s PC requirements.

At the time of writing this, the Windows 10 version of the game has not been made available for pre-order for India just yet. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft prices it at, and if the company hikes its price weeks after release, just like it did with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

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