- Nov. 21, 2019
-- In India, the inclusion of Art in education has always been an important part of the discourse. The United Nations has recognized that arts and sports play a key role towards peace-building, health and reduction of inequalities. The recent Draft National Education Policy (NPE), 2019 also cites that all school subjects should be considered curricular rather than extra-curricular or co-curricular, including sports, yoga, dance, music etc.
To celebrate Indian Art and Culture, and promote Art Education for our children's overall development, 'Khilta Bachpan-Khilta Bharat', a cultural program was organized by (CCRT), New Delhi in collaboration with ChildFund India today from 10.30 AM to 12.00 Noon at CCRT in Dwarka, New Delhi. Around 150 government school students and 10 CCRT scholarship-
holders participated in this event showcasing the different aspects of Indian culture through performing and visual arts.
Smt. Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary (Ministry of Culture) Government of India was the Guest of Honour. She addressed the most vital dilemma being faced by the millennial children of balancing between the latest technology and the gadgets which come along with it and the traditional outlets of entertainment which were enjoyed by their earlier generations.
The event saw various amazing performances by the school students. A group of students presented "Fusion – Expression through performance"
, an enchanting piece of Hindustani and Carnatic music woven together. Another group presented a Mime act called "Expression of children through Human machine", stressing the importance of human emotions. An enthralling performance of Odissi dance was staged by CCRT scholarship holders and school children .
Also, the 5th book in the series of Lesser Known Cities i.e. "Arrahnaama"
, a book written by Shri Vimal Kumar and published by CCRT was released by the honorary guests. The book highlights the culture, lifestyle and traditions of Arrah city in Bihar. "Arts is the most effective channel for creative expression, development and to influence young minds. We are thankful to CCRT for their support as this collaboration provides us with an opportunity to promote our "Khilta Bachpan" campaign which contributes to the Draft NPE, 2019. It uses the medium of Arts to promote creative expression, and cognitive, social and emotional learning in children. It also helps children to inculcate the appreciation for the richness and diversity of arts in the country, and gives them a platform as well as an opportunity to Engage, Express and Empower," shared Neelam Makhijani, Country Director and CEO of ChildFund India at the event.