Anandam Grades 1-6
Anandam means bliss, “a state of bliss”.
We at Shiv Nadar School strongly believe that experiential learning is the base to ignite curiosity and make students lifelong learners so that they can paint their own canvas and create something unique.
The Aha program aims to provide multifarious opportunities: a platform for students to showcase their inner artist.
The Anandam programme may have ended but the artistic immersion as always leaves us with memories and gleeful anticipation in the greed of what is to come next year.
Gr. 1 & 2
The visual treat was presented through performances of Kathak mudras followed be a dance showcasing ‘Raas’, Manipuri dance with the festival of Holi as its theme, a performance of the basic steps of Bharatanatyam, the Rajasthani folk dance of ‘Kalbeliya’ and the soulful Russian Ballet filled with poise and grace.
A euphonic presentation of Hindustani vocal through the understanding of “Swara and Alankara”, the rhythm and melody. The western music group sang “Up Above My Head’ followed by an inspirational song ‘Aao Hum Sab Haath Milayen’.
A performance of ‘Can the Monkeys Fast?’ highlighted the tricks and ideas of the mischievous monkeys who were determined to fail the plan of their leader. The innovative invention of shoes was depicted in the play ‘Joote Ki Khoj’. The perfection with which the young learners performed the play ‘Hansel and Gretel reimagined’ charmed everyone. Incredible confidence and finesse were highlighted in the students’ performance in the play ‘Peter Piper’.
The display included the of art and creativity, in clay modelling, terracotta relief sculpture, sketching, inkblot painting, bottle art, paper collage, and origami. The exhibits illustrated the innovation, creativity and talent of the young learners and the effort put in by them.
Grade 3 & 4
India is known for its rich cultural legacy and our heritage. Our culture is well embedded in our Indian classical dances. A Meera Bhajan set to the Bharat Natyam dance form, the divine stories of Radha-Krishna in the song “Natvar Nagar Raas Rasikvar” in the Kathak form and “The song of Flute” in Manipuri. Making its debut to the enthralled audience was the Russian Classical Ballet performed to the “Guide to the Orchestra”.
The musical stirrings of the multi-talented students were presented through a medley of Indian and Western compositions right from the patterns of shudh notes of Raag Bhopali, to Songs from the Early Rock’n’Roll era to the foot-tapping notes of Bob Marley’s Reggae Music.
Keeping up with the Dance and music baskets were the theatre performances. Panchatantra tales re-mixed; The Legend of Mulan, based on the Chinese legend Fa Mulan; the Adventures of Chinnari (a brave girl in search of truth up against monsters) and The Strange Agreement (story-based with a post office as its backdrop). A spectacular, comical voice intoned and expressive poem recitation of Roald Dahl’s “The Three Little Pigs had the audience chuckling with mirth.
Creations in Macrame, high relief and hollow terracotta models, study and emulation of paintings in the pointillism style of artist George Seurat, art inspired by Graphic designer Matt W. Moore, Tubism works of Fernand Leger and Pop-art era artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Grade 5 & 6
Our young dancers explored the genre of Mallari under Bharat Natyam style. Presented a “stuti” in praise of Lord Krishna in Manipuri style. “Nritta” followed by a Bhajan and the “Bhaav paksh” aspect of Katha. Balancing the Indian dances was the contemporary Russian Classical Ballet performance.
Besides a western vocal performance of the yesteryears Pop band ABBA and Hindustani vocal bandish in teental from Raag Yaman, the students presented musical instruments performances too. Various traditional compositions such as uthaan, layakaari, tithai, qaida, tukra, chakradaar and reela in teental were presented over the Tabla. A classic rock piece, “Another Dime” and parts of the song “Nothing else matters” on the Guitar. A more advanced understanding of the Guitar was presented via the famous song “Hallelujah”. Applying their groove knowledge with the song “We’ve got us” over the Drums. “Vande Mataram” and a bandish in Raag Nat Bhairav (composed by the Mentor) were performed on the Violin. “Annie’s song” and “Perfection” by Ed Sheeran were performed on the keyboard.
An enhanced understanding of theatre production was the key to this year’s learnings through the enactments of Munshi Premchand’s “Do bailon ki katha”, “Maulavi and washerman” from Jataka Tales and “The Little Prince”. This year the students also dabbled in the art of Mime, they divided up into 3 groups to explore different topics, namely, the effect of smartphones in our lives, building an understanding of the civic sense and social ethics and pertinent, relevant issues in the current socio-cultural and political scenario (national unity and diversity).
Recycled material installation inspired by New Zealand based Austrian artist Fredrich Hundertwasser was created by the talented students. A study of the art of “high relief” and 3-dimensional realistic sculpture was portrayed via various artefacts. Landscapes depicting the understanding of nature through acrylic paintings were showcased. Learning the art of weaving and creating Ikat fabric on the loom was also a highlight.