Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer camp for Children: 19, 20 May 2012

Like last year, this year too, Tamil heritage Trust conducted a summer camp on 19th and 20th May 2012. We will post some photos and an edited video shortly. In the meantime here is an article from The Hindu, covering the event.

We had the six sessions spread over two days at Ragha Sudha Hall near Nageswara Rao Park. The camp started with MS Subbulakshmi's rendering of Bharathiyar's Tamil translation of Bankim Chandra Chatterji's Vade Mataram.

On Day 1, we had three sessions:

1. Life of Srinivasa Ramanujan by Badri Seshadri.

2. Kirigami by Kagitha Chirpi Ramesh. Ramesh taught children how to make thoranam, and couple of stars by folding and cutting sheets of paper.

3. A stroll in the park to learn about plants by Prof. Swaminathan and Udayakumar. We could cover only around 15 plants are so before the failing light and exhaustion stopped us.

While the camp was only meant for children between 10-15, there were a few kids aged 6-10 as well. Also, many parents stayed on and participated along with the children.

Prof. Swaminathan and Udayakumar in Nageswara Rao Park

On Day 2,

1. Ramanujan's Math by Balasubramanian. This covered Nested surds, Infinite fractions, Partitions and a bit. Since we felt the session could be a little too technical for younger kids, a parallel session was organized at Arkay Convention Centre, where Isaikkavi Ramanan presented Bharathiyar's story through his poems.

2. Astronomy before the invention of Telescopes by R. Gopu.

3. Hindu Iconography by Prof. Sivaramakrishnan and Badri Seshadri. This was to be followed by a trip to Kapaleeswarar Temple, but unfortunately, we were running out of time and hence this trip was postponed.

Gopu explaining the zodiacs and moon's position


2 comments:

  1. The photos I took of the summer camp are on Picasa now.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=writergopu&target=ALBUM&id=5745891887762340049&authkey=Gv1sRgCNe597aLn-vS0gE&feat=email

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  2. Dear Sir,

    It was a wonderful experience not only for my Kid but also for me...My son thoroughly enjoyed the sessions especially the one on Mahakavi Bharathiyar...It was narrated so well that it has reached the kids extremely well... Kirigami sessions was very delightful and enthusiastic for kids as well as the parents... I could see the sense of joy in almost everyone in the hall once they see their creation...

    I take this opportunity to sincerely thank each one you for arranging such a nice program...

    Kids in between age of 6 to 10 should be taught more about our ancestors who have given great valuable thoughts which are the strength of our culture and value systems.

    Please keep me informed in case of any such programs... I have to sincerely admit that after attending the programs i was questioning myself about my contribution to the society and younger generation to make them a valued one...

    My Personal Thanks to the organizers for seeding me the thought....

    Thanks and Regards
    P.Sathishkumar
    F/O S.Thejeshwaar
    pskumar24@yahoo.com

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