Knitting workshop by Hemavathy & Indrani

Knitting session by Hemavathy & Indrani was useful and interesting.Children learnt the basic knitting skills.Each child could take home a simple material like a mobile pouch made by him/her.

Lot of patience in teaching the knitting session and it helped the children to increase their concentration and attention span.

Feed back of the students

I thought knitting was only for girls , so I never learned when my mother told me to. But I learned knitting from this champ. -Sahil, Karwar

I was interested to learn knitting but never found a good teacher. And I finally found a good teacher at this champ. – Krishna, Karwar

Counseling workshop by Sowndaram

CS Sowndaram, Counsellor, Amrita University had a workshop with children on the subject how to deal with parents and teachers. She also had a session with teachers on how to deal with students.

Chai making – workshop by Jayashree Menon

The tea making session was full of enjoyment as Jayashree Menon taught the children how to make tea with love and smile. The main ingredient of the tea was love and the main aspect of decoration was affection. She has successfully inspired the children in lending helping hand in the house hold chores with love and enjoyment.

 

Some feedback from students

After reaching home, I will make tea for both my parents. They will appreciate this and will be proud of me. – Varsha H J, Mysore

By the way my tea was horrible . But now I know how to make tea – Sahil, Karwar

Ma’am brought into me a bit of interest in cooking which I never had earlier. – Chitkala S Sharma, Mysore

This session helped me to believe in myself and realised even I can make better tea. – Sinatra, Karwar

From today onwards I can make tea for my mother – Sagar SC, Belgaum

I never made tea in my life. Now I learned how to make one. I will make tea for my parents after reaching Bangalore. – T Shashank Yadar

I learned to make tea and now after going home, I will make tea for all my family. – Sourath S Hosalkar, Karwar

I made tea for the first time and thank god, I was able to drink it. – Sunidhi Naik, Karwar

She taught me to cook food with love. – Divya R, Mysore

Painting workshop by Mamata

Mamata taught stencil painting of a traditional design in an easy way . The abstract symmetric painting too was well appreciated by the children. Children took home their paintings happily and the idea of making greeting card/ get well soon card with such art was encouraged.

Feedback

Painting was taught differently and it was the best. – Sannidhi S, Karwar

Flower making workshop by Maheswari

Maheswari taught children to make flower with clothe material and metal wires – locally available low cost materials. They should make one of this next time when they greet their friend for a birthday/festival and give some thing they created out of love.

The happy face of each child was unmatched when each carried a mini bouquet of beautiful flowers.

Feedback from students

This skill was very interesting and it will help us in decorating my room, house etc. – Saumya G, Karwar

It was interesting and it was the first time i did something artistic. – Vaishnavi SP, Mysore

I came to know how we can make flower by an organic cloth and decorate our house beautifully. – Niveditha N, Bangalore

My Life, My Passion: Love for Sri Rama – Ram Avatar Sharma

Dr. Ramavatar Sharma began the session with giving the importance of visiting the temples and how one gets Samskara from it.

The enquiry at the age of 5 about Sri Rama made him able to seek the places he visited.

Gave a picturesque narration of how he went in search of Sri Rama’s path starting from the saint he met at Ayodhya. He has being doing research on Sri Ramas 4 journeys for the last 37 years by visiting those places by foot or bicycle and mapping them!

Children experienced and listened to the words he lived, “until you become crazy about something you cannot achieve anything”.

Ram Avatar Sharmaji narrated his experiences in beautiful Hindi, during his travel amidst the forests and how he could see Sri Rama present in everyone’s heart. He established the fact that Hanuman was from Karnataka.

This was session endowed with simplicity, faith, consistency and devotion.
Sharmaji also shared his work on his travel in the form of the book with all the children.

 

 

Some feedback from students

I was really happy to hear that Hanuman is from Karnataka and his mother tongue is Kannada. – Saumya G, Karwar

Sharma sir showed us that there is no work which is impossible. If we have passion, we can achieve any heights. If he could travel the path Sri Rama travelled by cycling, we could all achieve our goals. The story told by him helped me to understand God is present in all, irrespective of their jobs. – Megha, Karwar

This session taught us how to implement the proverb “where there is a will, there is a way “, in our life. – Sinatra, Karwar

I learned we should all have dreams – Sagar SC, Belgaum

I learned a lot about Ramayana and I got to know Hanuman was from Karnataka. – Rohan K, Bangalore

Dr Ram Avatar who has taken up Sri Rama’s journey, has made me realise we should be confident in whatever we do. – Shreyas J Kashyap

May be he is the only one who has found the journey of Sri Rama in Valmiki Ramayana. He has cycled from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

We came to know more about Ramayana and the places where it must have taken place. – Sushma S, Bangalore

Cartoon workshop by Sidhharth Kandoth

The young artist Siddharth Kandoth began his work shop with an introduction to what cartoons are. He expressed how important are expressions in cartoons. He gave live examples of different purposes of cartoons.
He made children draw various cartoons, by demonstrating how to draw faces and objects from various angles and also how to add movement to them! Many of the camp participant draw for the first time and they cartooned their family!

Some feed back of the students

He taught us how to draw cartoons which will help me while writing stories. – Sagar, Belgaum

This session awakened the talent that I had in drawing cartoons. I never knew that I could be creative too. – Chitkala S Sharma, Mysore

I felt my drawing was worst among all. This workshop helped me in bringing out my hidden talent of drawing cartoons. When I tried to draw now on my own, I felt worthy. – Sinatra, Karwar

My Life, My Passion: Love for the red light girls – Praveen & Priti Patkar

My Life, My Passion:  Praveen Patkar and Smt. Priti Patkar

This was one of the most touching guest lectures. Pravin Patkar began the session with an analogy of the city’s waste dump yard to the filth of the society, i.e., human trafficking. He described the current situation of the children on the streets and made the students to realize the dangers such children are facing.

He stressed the need for passion for bringing change in the society as youth in their lives.

The couples shared their experiences and challenges they faced in their early days of serving the needy people during floods, riots, etc. They beautifully narrated their success story that brought change in the lives of children in the red light area of Mumbai through their sustained efforts for rehabilitation.

Mr & Mrs Patkar demonstrated their courage in spite of having enemies in the flesh trade and criminals of all sorts from the red light area and their sacrifice of personal security for the sake of children of the destitute.

Some feedback from the students

They made me realise how lucky I am. I am born and brought up in a surrounding with no trouble. – Dhanush B

We live in this world where there are not only good things but also cruelty. I have been always seeing this life of pleasure and so has never thought about children of my own age, suffering from cruelties of people in this world. I had heard about child trafficking but never took it this serious. This session made us realise the sorrows and feelings of these children and has inspired us to take up social service jobs, if not in a big way, to the extend possible in our own little manner. – Megha, Karwar

It was an awakening and altering program. I felt very inspired and felt I also should do something as these great personalities did – Sinatra, Karwar

I am so much inspired by them that I have decided to become a social worker. – Suyash M P, Karwar

They were a couple who had no fear and went forward and helped children. – T Shashank Yadar

I was shocked to hear they have helped almost 9000 children. – Vaneesh V, Belgaum

They are like the parents of children who are trafficked. They have saved 9000 children. Truly this is a great job done by them. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

I also want to do something like them for the society. – Amrita J M, Mysore

Dance with Love: workshop by Lakshmi & Sunil

This is one of the workshop children enjoyed most. Lakshmi explained and demonstrated the forms of dance, Bharatanatyam and Kathakkali with special reference to the similarity and differences between them.

They reiterated that the classical dance forms of India are not merely a movement of the body, but involves the dancer’s being one with God.

Depicted the navarasas in both the dance forms, Kathakkali and Bharatanatyam.

Involved the participants of Gitamrita in both the dance forms, taught them lessons, and make of Kathakali.

Lakshmi stressed the importance of the dancer experiencing love in God.