Saturday, March 24, 2018
Madurai Seed offers school lesson support through Holistic Education Centers in the evenings taught by college going young people from the same locality. The centers also provide extra curricular activities through library, camps, seminars, workshops, art classes, sports, theatre groups, field visits, etc. In this way, the underprivileged children and young people can make progress educationally, personally, and socially and work towards a career goal
Thursday, February 1, 2018
“Tara & Her Grandma”
The play is about a young girl Tara who lives with her grandma in a village. Considered useless, the elders in the village are expelled during a famine. But Tara hides her grandma and care for her. When a misfortune comes to the village, Tara is able to save the village with the help of her grandma’s wit and experience. The story reveals the importance of elders in our society. This Japanese folk tale is transformed into a children play with songs, and games by Madurai Seed children and young people.
Ravi Anna, Children Theatre Activist, Pondicherry
Script Selection & Guidance
M.Surya, D.Vigneshwaran, K.Anand Sri.Vasimkhan
Alanganallur Ramesh, Thavil
A.Vijayalakshmi, P.Nandhini,K.Sathish babu,G.Nisha,B.Bhavana, M.Sudalaimanian,G.Santhosh,M.Eshwarapandian,
Madurai Seed Holistic Education Centers
Sunday, December 4, 2016
MADURAI SEED is unique in developing three domains of educational activities such as Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor skills of Children and Young People. They get variety of exposures through, field trips, summer camps, club activities, and visits of foreigners and so on. Likewise, there are skills and personality development programs to elicit the innate potential of each child. Storytelling, poem writing, book reading, short movies making, theatre acting are included in their routine weekend activities. Those programs focus mainly to identify their hidden talents and to pass a beam of light in their path.
There is always a need for tools to take the literature knowledge to the children. These tools are theatrics, dramatics and street plays which stimulate their mind to obtain literature knowledge and also they act as a catalyst in learning literature and arts.
Last year, a group of young girls and boys in Madurai Seed presented a theatre act on “Women Empowerment” at the American College. Six groups of children from I to X std staged Six dramas in front of Prof. Ilango on world theatre day, in the same year. Those dramas were the stories from the famous English and Tamil writers.
Children spend every weekend with bilingual books, translation novels, leaders’ biographies, comics, short story books, and poems. They first read and then narrate the story to their peer groups. Sometimes they read in groups and act it out to the audience. They develop creative skills by narrating their own stories. When they find their own stories in Madurai Seed journal, they find unlimited happiness.
During a reading session in Madurai Seed library about Shakespeare and his role in English literature, we came across reading summary about his various plays like Romeo-Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Ceaser, and Merchant of Venice. We also came to knew that it was Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. So, MS young people took interests to stage a play of him.
To commemorate 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare and to take his plays on the hands of our children, Madurai Seed organized a theatre workshop to stage one of the famous tragic plays of him, “MACBETH”.
From 11.07.16 to 15.07.16, Theatre Workshop was given to 23 young people in Madurai Seed. Four days and five evenings, they took part in the workshop actively. This theatre workshop was organized and carried out by Mrs. V. Elavarasi, Mr. Vadivel & Mr. A.S. Karthik Bharathi.
Introducing a Play:The plot of the story was narrated to the group of young people and then they begun reading about each character in the “Macbeth” book (In our library, we have Shakespeare’s books on various levels according to readers. We selected level 3 to read and understand easily.)
The theme:“Macbeth, a brave Scottish general, manipulated by his wife, kills Duncan and takes the throne. Afterwards, his guilt and fear leads him to commit murders to secure his power, which leads to his downfall and finally he was killed by Mac duff and the throne was back in the right hands”
Analyzing the characters:After reading and understanding the characters of the play, the drama techniques were discussed and they plunged into action. Castings for this play were selected based on their performances, given character names and proper information about the sequence of the play.
An English play in our Mother TongueThrough dialogue, soliloquies, and directions, characters of this play were analyzed. We explored Shakespeare’s play with scripts in Tamil. Executing his play in Tamil would create curiosity and closeness to English plays. So, dialogue sheets were given to them in Tamil. Since, dialogue gives information about the past and subsequent events, more time was provided for them to recite and deliver.
Practice makes performance perfect:Regular practice was given to the young people (artists) to deliver dialogues, to use props, to use stage and to show development throughout the play. They were given dialogue sheets individually. After they read it, they were given practice to act out the dialogue spontaneously. The reactions for other character’s actions were also included while practicing spontaneity.
As this was a big play with much number of scenes, visualizing the sequence of scenes was important to produce the play without cuts and intervals. For that, the artists practiced the whole play again and again to remember the sequence.
Between each scene, the wooden boxes (sets) on stage have to be changed according to the place where the scene happened. Six boys practiced to keep the boxes in right position, as to show where the actors meet and talk.
Apart from the stage settings, actors were given practice to use swords and daggers. The play begun with soldiers fighting in the battle field, where they had to fight with swords and the play ends with Macbeth and Mac duff fight scenes. Though fighting with swords was difficult, with regular practice it seemed that they fought not acted.
Body language and stage awareness are more important for an artist. Drills on how to stand on stage, how to keep eye contact with the other character, how to deliver dialogues with correct intonations, how to enter and exit from the stage were given.
Soliloquy and monologue were the two main elements in this play. Both were practiced by solitary speakers Kowsalya as Lady Macbeth and Wasim as Macbeth. Though it was a new experience for them, they impressed like the real characters of this play. All these, took five days to produce “Macbeth”.
Productions:Properties in the play: The main thing a play can be unique by the usage of props on stage. In our play, we used six rectangular wooden boxes (sets) of white and black shades. These gave a different view scene by scene. For example, if it was a palace, two wooden boxes were placed to look like a throne. If it has to be look like three witches’ place those six boxes were arranged like pillars to hide and sing “Foul is fair, fair is foul…” Along with the actors, these static props impressed the audience.
Music in the play: To bring the difference between a usual drama and a stage play like this, a collection of music from various sites was played lively. As this is a tragic play, the background music with sad violin could score the audience. But, additional to that, music using parai was played in between each scene. In fact, that evening was thrilling when the witches entered with high pitches of devil music and sounds of thunder.
Costumes for the actors: It was very interesting to design the costumes for the actors in the play. Designing soldiers’ dresses, witches’ black gown, especially King’s costume was challengeable because Shakespeare period’s protagonist and all other actors were dressed differently. And it was little difficult to show our Macbeth character as a real Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But, we managed and it came out very well. We went to the garments, selected materials and designed perfect costume for every artist in the play.
Stage: All the elements of a play like background music, dialogues, costumes can work together very effective when executed on a stage with proper view of the audience. Also, it would enhance the performance. For that, we planned to stage it in CESCI, where there is a big space to perform.
Targeted Audience: Staging a play is definitely for the audience view. It may be peer groups, experienced theatre artists, cine directors, etc., but for this play, the audience were mixed group of people, Ms. Andrea Wilson from Zurich, Prof. Prabahar from The American College, Mr. Thanraj Radhai, Teachers, Kids & so on.
Rehearsal: After continuous practice during the workshop, all young people had a run-through at CESCI ON 16.07.16. They stayed there for two days and two nights. They took one day for rehearsal, and next day for dress rehearsal and that evening to stage “Macbeth”. During rehearsals, they corrected their mistakes, they measured the stage with their eyes and they used swords made of steel for fight scenes. Fun gone and seriousness came in their face during dress rehearsals. Full run through with their costumes brought confidence that there hides an artist in every one.
Executing “Macbeth” on stage:The flash that appeared in our mind to stage the play of Shakespeare turned into rays of light when our Young People staged it first at CESCI ON 17.07.16. The big auditorium with various levels of spectators welcomed the artists in the evening. The play begun from the battle field where soldiers fought, then the scene becomes interesting with the witches entry, the play moved on with the success, guilt, fear of the protagonist, his defeat and the victory of Scottish Prince.
Audience appreciated the performance of the actors, the stage settings, fight sequences, music, and very much impressed by the soliloquy of Kowsalya as Lady Macbeth and the performance of Wasim Khan as Macbeth. Our first staging of “Macbeth” play was really an appreciative effort and so it received big rounds of applauses. THANK YOU.
Documented by V. Elavarasi
Saturday, November 19, 2016
26th Issue Release
Girl Children's Special
Overwhelmed by the presence of eminent guests Prof. P.Sumedha, Prof. T D Ponmalar from Fatima College, Journalist Ms Indhu Loganathan, Tr. Ms Malathy, Dr Usha, Mrs Viji Muruges and Tr. Ms Mariammal, the launching ceremony of PuduYugam Journal release, sowed inspirational quotes in Children.
A short gist from the speech of our guests:
"Seek for Self-development" quoted by Ms Indhu,
"Let be independent, be strong, be loved" elucidated by Ms T D Ponmalar
"Let us give effect to the rights of women" discussed by Ms P. Sumedha"Nothing is impossible when you have courage" briefed by Dr Usha
They appreciated the excellent writings of girl children in the journal. Particularly, one of the guests marked that "Literature has love in itself, and #MaduraiSeed ians have the love for the literature!!" and added " It's happy to see the kids here at #MaduraiSeed are growing with contemplating art and literature thoughts. A kind of wish and dream come out in the form of words from the children like you shows your thirsts for creativity!!"
Children were enthused by their speech, driven to the fields of Journalism & Literature,Their talk instilled a strong attitude that nothing is elusive to achieve.
The gathering, journal launch, speech of guests and kids, ended with presenting gifts and taking selfies!!
Our sincere and heartfelt Thanks to all of you who made our 26th edition of Pudhuyugam a remarkable one!! Thanks & Best Wishes to you all!!
Written By Elavarasi Karthik
It was a very different and spectacular eve(s)ning yesterday at Madurai seed. Though we missed a few moments, in the beginning, the kids gave a rousing welcome and this warmth makes us emotionally charged every time we visit them.
Karthik had come out with the emphasis/theme of 'empowering the girl child' for this
year's edition of 'Puthuyugam'. It was a fitting tribute to this great movement or rather a 'phenomenon' happening not just in India, but around the world for a few decades.
The guests of honour were enthusiastic, energetic and vibrant. Their influence was
so strong that the meeting turned into a very informal gathering in a few minutes from its start.
Ms.Indu, a student reporter of Vikatan( a leading tamil magazine) was the first to speak. She struck a fine bonding with the audience and shared her experiences in her journey towards taking up journalism.
Then spoke Prof.Sumedha who articulated life of a typical indian female with her own experiences. Her interaction was simple, humourous but very influential. I am sure her message would have left a strong impact among the girl students. She ended with a very inspiring story.
Prof.Ponmalar was next to speak. She came out wonderfully with the practical difficulties that woman folks face especially when they travel alone/staying away from home... I felt she is one of the torch-bearers in this movement and will go places.
She was followed by Dr.Usha. I need to introspect and check myself if I even deserve to write about her....for me personally, Dr.Usha not only stole the evening but our hearts and minds.
Next was Viji's turn and she went on to emphasise male's role in this whole movement....true....., a clap is heard only when both hands come together.
Ela followed her with her experiences in life and went on to dedicate her success to Karthik.
Mariammal teacher recollected her association with her students and wished them success.
Indu's mother(sorry for not knowing her name) though was reluctant to talk initially, sprang a surprise with her crisp and focused talk. She is a great orator and it was heartening to know from her about 'Gender sensitisation' being implemented in corporation schools in Tamilnadu.
Karthik's consistency with conceptualising and organising events in such a meticulous manner amazes me. His team spirit and motivational force are the driving factors behind such achievements. I am so happy for Ela as she has been playing a phenomenal role in the activities of MS. I came to understand that it was Ela's effort to bring such a wonderful line of guests for this event. I wish them both and the 'Team Madurai seed' all the best and pray God that they all be blessed.
Written By Murugesan.K
We provide a fruitful, fun-filled, resourceful environment for children and young people to learn, to express, to work together, to share ideas, and to get hands-on experience. These activities enrich them with knowledge and life skills across various subjects. They don’t get such exposures in schools and families where our intervention finds a strong purpose and delivers favourable impact. The year 2015-16 was the year of activities given much importance to teamwork and self-expression. The skills and personality development activities prepare them to encounter the larger society with much confidence.
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