What you see –
Rewind your life and you will realize that, the fondest memories as a child will be around your grandparents’ ancestral home. Enjoying life under the green umbrella of beautiful Mother Nature, playing games like kho kho and lagori and ending the day with blissful dreams and fascinating bedtime stories…. Aren’t our memories flooded with these small pleasures? To revive this fading culture, United Arts Society (UAS), an NGO, has started the concept of Granny’s Courtyard or Nanighar by giving children a chance to experience such moments of innocent fun while learning art.
What you get –
Granny’s Courtyard, a branch of UAS organizes unique theme based residential camps where they recreate a rustic atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The kids are divided into two age brackets, 6-11 years and 12-16 years of age. The camps promote various art forms like dance, theatre, mime, painting, pottery, mask-making, collage, story-telling and much more.
The learning here is more practical. To ingrain the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie kids are asked to work together in making a thatched roof, clay modelling, gardening etc. Specific Indian games like lagori, kho kho etc are also played here. They also include night torch safari, dark treasure hunt, rope climbing, movie screening after 9 at Courtyard, special acting sessions and more for the older kids and have expert facilitators to conduct them. Even a horse cart ride is arranged for the kids.
And carrying forward the spirit of the Courtyard, they have a sweet Granny (an experienced teacher) who shares stories with the kids and fills their imaginations with interesting tales.
Our verdict –
MetroMela liked Granny’s Courtyard for the fact that the camps are organized to introduce art in a fun way to the kids. The focus is more on learning, on being with nature, on amity and most importantly on reliving fun as we did earlier. As their logo says, art can make you reach up to the heights of the sun and yet keep you grounded. That truly sums up their existence.
By Trupti Shetty