May 18–June 30, 2016
A Children’s Theatre Workshop in Hindi was held at the Sri Aurobindo Society Campus from May 18 to June 30, 2016. Conducted by Dr. Abhijit Mandal, the workshop was coordinated by Mr. Ravi Kant Khandelwal and Mr. Lalit singh Bisht.
The workshop’s objective was to bring about Total Personality Development in underprivileged children and discover qualities such as courage, self-dependence, sincerity, punctuality, observation, imagination, acting, truthfulness, perseverance, manners, physical fitness and other attributes they may possess. Both the organizers and children put in tremendous effort to make the event a grand success.
Attended by 30 children the workshop would typically start every day at 7.30 a.m. with cleaning, flower offering and Yoga under the guidance of Dr. Mandal. The Society provided milk, fruits, biscuits, sharbat, toffees and such to the children who rarely get such opportunity to discover their hidden talents and capabilities.
On July 1, 2016, the concluding day of the workshop was held at Hotel Rudra Continental. Following the 43-day workshop, the children performed a 90-min play “CHARAN DAS CHOR” which was a massive success with 400 people attending it. Efforts were made to spread the words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as succinctly as possible via this play.
At the end of the performance, Sri Aurobindo Society issued certificates to all the participants.
July 2, 2016
A Teacher’s Training Workshop on ‘Self-employment for Teachers’ was held on July 2, 2016, at Columbus Public School, Rudrapur. Coordinated by Ravi Kant Khandelwal, the workshop was conducted both Hindi and English by Dr. Prabhjot Kulkarni from Delhi.
The workshop which was attended by 52 participants covered topics such as “Who is a teacher and who is a good teacher?”, “Your aspiration and dream—from good teacher to a better teacher—the integral approach,” and “The role of the psychic self—knowing oneself in deeper layers, reflection, becoming conscious and growing consciously.”
There was also a reflective exercise based on stories of 3 teachers and the quality one should possess to become an effective teacher. This was followed by an interactive session. Other activities included “Name Game and its creative visualization, psychic education and reflection”, “Education of external aspects – physical, vital and mental”. Teachers’ own preparation and their role in classroom situations were also explored. . . becoming a conscious individual—growing within. Finally, teachers were encouraged jot down their daily progress in a reflective journal.
July 3, 2016
A Children’s Workshop on Writing Skills was held on July 3, 2016 at the Sri Aurobindo Society Campus. Its primary aim was to help children develop their expression through writing. The workshop conducted in Hindi was attended by 21 children.
Children read the book Jeet aur Babli and participated in activities such as ‘word building’, writing on favourite topics and creating a story in cirlces.
July 4, 2016
An Interactive Talk on "Self-development for Teacher Preparation" was held on July 4, 2016, at Guru Nanak Degree College, Rudrapur. Forty-five B.Ed students and 8 teachers attended the talk organized by Sri Aurobindo society, Rudrapur. It was again coordinated by Ravi Kant Khandelwal and conducted both in Hindi and English by Dr. Prabhjot Kulkarni from New Delhi.
Some of the questions raised by the participants were “How to aspire for a ‘true’ aim? What are the real qualities of a ‘good’ teacher? What traits and characteristics should one have as a Teacher?” which were invariably followed by discussions. All agreed that an aimless life is always a miserable one. The discussions also dwelled on “Sri Aurobindo’s concept of Personality. . . outer and inner aspects and five-fold education.”
The participants were encouraged to write one’s progress every day to make inward progress through reflection and by one’s actions.
July 16, 2016
SAS Silchar Centre organized a “Youth Enlightenment Programme” in the light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s teachings on July 16, 2016, at G.C. College, Silchar in collaboration with the Career Guidance Cell of G.C. College. Twenty-four students from different streams and classes turned up for the programme.
The programme started with Meditation with The Mother’s Music at 3.00 p.m. and ended at 5.00 p.m. Sri Tamal Chakraborty then read out a compact writing on Sri Aurobindo’s Great Life written by Smt. Mahamaya Deb, Chairperson. Following this Dr. Dipankar Kar, Coordinator, Career Guidance Cell, G.C. College spoke at length about the unique programme being held in the college for the first time in the history of its long 80 years. He expressed hope that the participant students would derive immense benefit from this.
Sri Nishikant Patoa, Youth Coordinator, explained the programme’s objective and also spoke on “Perfection in Life and Career” quoting lines from the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. This was followed by a “Sri Aurobindo and His Works” power point presentation with demonstration by Prof. Prodipto Das, Jt. Secy., S.A.S, Assam State Committee and In-charge of the Youth Enlightenment Programme. Prof. Nirmali Barman delivered her short lecture on “Perfection in Study” with beautiful references from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The next speaker was Sri Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee who lucidly explained how “Perfection in work” can be attained. Prof. Prodipto Das spoke on “Perfection in Life and Decision Making” while Smt. Rikta Kar dwelt on her topic “Perfection in Family Life and Relationships.”
Later Prof. Das shared a short documentary on basic selected asanas and some selected asanas were practiced by the student participants; Smt. Debashri Chakraborty gave a wonderful demonstration of the asanas.
Finally, certificates were distributed to the participating students and two local daily papers and one from Guwahati (Sentinel) covered the programme.