Shibumi is a study and learning centre for both adults and young people of school-going age.
For adults it offers a space where, through dialogue, one understands oneself and relationships in the light of Krishnamurti’s teachings.
For such interested adults only, Shibumi also offers an educational programme where resource persons and parents cooperate in creating a right learning environment for their children.
For more information, see http://shibumi.org.in
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WOLPE (Women - Our Little Play, Episodes)
At the beginning of the academic year, a group of the older children were introduced to Little Women, a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott published in 1880. The novel follows the lives of four sisters and is loosely based on the author’s childhood experiences with her three sisters. This exposure began a discussion of different narrative arcs that the story could have taken and from there emerged the idea of a modern interpretation. The children decided to adapt the interpretation as a play. Over the next six months, this creative writing project went through cycles of drafting, revising and editing. During this process, the question of how to present it emerged and the children settled on filming the play. The script went through editing again to allow for it filming as episodes. The first episode is now ready for viewing.
From learning about the historical context of the novel setting through the study of the Civil War, to converting the book into a play with modern echos and engaging the entire school to shoot a serialised film this project has taken off in many unexpected directions.
On the 5th of Feb, students, teachers and parents of Shibumi queued up outside the library for the much awaited premiere of the prelude.
The prelude was a revelation of sorts, showcasing the children's work in the areas of script writing, costumes, location, acting and film making. In case you missed it, worry not! (or if you wish to watch it again). There is a separate channel on Youtube, WOLPE Youtube Channel, where one can view all the videos related to WOLPE. If you would like to receive an update when a new episode is released then please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the top right corner of the page. Alternately, you can just visit the page and look for new episodes and view them. Enjoy
When news that the olive ridley turtles had started to nest
in the beaches of Chennai reached us, at the beginning of last week, we quickly
put together a plan for our visit. Tickets were booked and calls were made to
our friends at The School for a place to rest, Tholkappia Poonga for a visit
and to our friends at SSTCN (Chennai Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network)
for the overnight walk to watch the nesting. We set off on a Friday morning
reaching Chennai by noon. After a quick lunch, we visited the Tholkappia
Tholkappia Poonga is an ecological park in the Adyar estuary
area. It is an amazing example of restoration of freshwater eco-systems in the
heart of a city! We were introduced to the history, the restoration process and
the flora and fauna found in the park by Mrs.Gomati. Her energy, passion for
ecological restoration, and determination to carry forward the good work shone
through in her interactions with us. We recommend it as a must see place for
About the illustrator:
Sidharth loves to draw. He usually likes to be on his own when he is drawing and enjoys the alone time with the paper. He captures the feelings of the creatures with his strong and confident lines.
He has put together this colouring book for his younger peers at Shibumi.
When enquiring into his love for this expression through drawing the illustrator shared ...
'Sometime ago I started to draw faces and animals. One day, I was drawing a dragon. Suddenly!! When I had finished drawing, it popped off the paper and started to attack. Quickly I drew a sword and started to attack it. Luckily I managed to defeat the dragon and went back to drawing. Fortunately nothing else popped out of paper. I REALLY LIKE DRAWING!'
The first week of July started off on a musical note with Ranjani Sivakumar, a Carnatic vocalist, spending four days at Shibumi conducting a music workshop.
The children huddled around Ranjini and enjoyed the sessions with her. She would bring our attention to listening by patiently tuning the tanpura at the start of the session. Asking the children to listen and participate by telling her if the notes of the string sounded lower or higher. This naturally lead to conversations and questions about the instrument, the tension in the string and sounds that are soothing.
For most part of the session we were learning the Sarali varisai, the fundamental sequences. This allowed us to get a feel for the melody and the rhythm. The sequences follow a logical order - ascending and descending, up to the 7th varisai. We learnt with her the first three patterns and sang them at different speeds.
She had a playful way with the younger children (Lalit and Todi groups), when understanding the ' ta…