During the 2016/2017 school year our dance department received an Artist in Residency grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to bring in an artist to teach our dance students traditional Indian Dance. As a school, we decided to infuse the Indian culture into every class!
Students in 10th grade Humanities,Journalism, Creative Writing and English 12, included the following:
Watched two introductory videos about Indian culture.
Students visited the Indian U. S. Embassy website to learn and see what resources are available.
Students read a brief on Indian and U.S. cooperation and relations.
Students reviewed the Proposed Model for U.S. Community Colleges to Build Strategic Partnership In the
Field of Skill Development in India.
Students reviewed the Government of India website.
Students reviewed the Indian Council for Cultural Relations website
Write a 400 – 700 word essay on Aurveydic Medicine.
Discussion about what is unique about Indian culture
India’s impact on world culture
Write a 400 – 700 word essay about your perspective as an American of the Indian journalist’s article.
How is reporting the same or different?
The math classes watched the movie "The Man Who Knew Infinity." It is about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a famous Indian Mathematician from Madras, who had almost no formal training in math until he went to Trinity College in the UK to collaborate with a professor there to publish his findings. He credited the goddess his family worshiped for his mathematical abilities and intuitions. Before he died at the age of 32, Ramanujan compiled about 3,900 identities and equations and he was also inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society (a fellowship of some of the world's most eminent scientists). The man was a genius!
The conditioning class learned about the history of yoga, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and did a short yoga session. It was harder than we thought!
What are parents saying?
Kerri LeBlanc Durkee "It was a great show. Very impressive for the short amount of time the kids were able to rehearse! I love all of the wonderful things the kids get to do and learn at the Academy."
For India week the Visual Arts classes explored the use of multiple patterns used in Indian artwork, fundamentals of arts students made zendalas, which are Indian mandalas made with zen tangles (a controlled doodle).
Our science department explored the significance and tradition of henna tattoos in Indian culture. They discussed the origins of the Lawsonia inermis tree and the chemistry of how henna reacts to the proteins in our skin.
The Music department was please to host two Indian musicians on Wednesday, Jan. 4th. Ms. Durga Krishnan and Shanthi Satish ran workshops on the music of South India during the morning for all the music students and then Durga presented a 40 minute concert for the entire school playing her Veena. The Veena is a smaller relative of the Sitar.
The Veena is approximately 5000-9000 years old while the Sitar is young by comparison at about 3000 years old. The concert was very well received by the school community.
The topics covered in the workshops were: A brief historical overview of music in India Q discussion of Indian scale structure and rhythm patterns. Syllables used in singing. Typical instrumentation of Indian Music
Learning how to wrap saris
The sewing class learned about the Indian Sari, We learned how to wrap a Sari. I was able to borrow two authentic Saris and the students took turns trying to put them on.
It took several times for the students to be able to accurately wrap the sari. Then we had Ms. Durga Krishnan and Shanthi Satish stop by and help us truly learn how to wrap a sari. The girls looked beautiful.