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.


Nintendo, Cygames Partner to Make Mobile Games, Dragalia Lost Coming This Summer

Nintendo, Cygames Partner to Make Mobile Games, Dragalia Lost Coming This Summer


  • Nintendo is buying a 5-percent stake in Cygames
  • Cygames is best known for Granblue Fantasy
  • Dragalia Lost is a action role-playing game

Japanese video game maker Nintendo said on Friday it has teamed up with Tokyo-based online games developer Cygames, aiming to step up the mobile gaming business and reduce reliance on volatile console sales.

The Kyoto-based company will buy a 5 percent stake in unlisted Cygames, known for its blockbuster Granblue Fantasy game, for an undisclosed amount.

As part of the tie-up, Nintendo will release a jointly developed action role-playing game called Dragalia Lost for smartphones this summer, Nintendo said.

The game will be launched in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau at first, and later in North America and Europe.

Nintendo entered mobile gaming under partnership with online gaming firm DeNA Co in 2015 as part of an effort to stabilise earnings highly dependent on its volatile games console business.


It has since released several mobile gaming titles including Super Mario Run, using its popular Super Mario Bros characters.

Nintendo said on Thursday it expects operating profit to rise 26.7 percent in the year through March to a nine-year high, as its Switch games console maintains sales momentum in its second year.

The initial success of the hybrid home-portable Switch has boosted Nintendo’s gaming software sales and encouraged more third-party publishers to make games for the console, a cycle which could further push up console sales.

The Kyoto-based company also said it named Managing Executive Officer Shuntaro Furukawa as new president to succeed Tatsumi Kimishima, effective after the general shareholders meeting in June.


‘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).



Inspire Your Student to Be a Kid Science Advisor to the White House This Summer

Inspire Your Student to Be a Kid Science Advisor to the White House This Summer

Inspired himself by a nine-year-old visitor to the White House, President Barack Obama has decided that having a team of kid science advisors is a good idea to better understand the needs of students learning STEM. Last month, nine-year-old Jacob Leggette asked Obama if he was in need of some kid science advisers, and Obama liked the idea. “We should have a kid’s advisory group that starts explaining to us what’s interesting to them and what’s working, and could help us shape advances in STEM education,” Obama said later on, according to The Washington Post. Today, The Washington Post says Obama is turning the idea into a reality and the result could turn out to be an excellent summer learning idea to inspire students to keep learning STEM throughout the summer months. “Inspired by Jacob’s idea, the White House created a Web page to allow children to share their thoughts and views on science, technology, engineering and math education. The site is set to go live Thursday at,” The Post said. [Note: the website does not appear to be live at the time of this posting]. The Post says the website will prompt children for their ideas on STEM: “If you could pitch the President on one idea on how we could make our country work better using science and technology, what would you say?” Sounds like a good idea for a classroom project or a summer learning opportunity to us! Read the full story