Children at the centre: Classrooms for the kids, by the kids

PUBLISHED IN DNA INDIA

In a 7th grade classroom, Rutuja and her classmates are studying fairy tales. They have just read Cinderella and are writing down the stereotypes stories such as these promote. Rutuja writes, “The prince always saves the princess” and “Girls always care about what they look like”. She debates that last point with her thought partner, who questions why it is a stereotype. Their teacher, Surabhi, calls the class to attention and asks volunteers to share their thoughts...

AN AMERICAN GHARANA?

PUBLISHED IN SPAN MAGAZINE

In a small theater in New York, Parul Shah moved through her traditional Kathak repertoire, accompanied by tabla and sitar. The audience, a mixed crowd, punctuated the piece with applause. When the number was over she quickly changed out of her costume, a Mughal-style kurta and churidaar, into her dress for the next piece. The new costume was reminiscent of the Mughal outfit in its basic outline but was more form-fitting with clear contours. The dance itself began on the floor with the lights focused on the palms of her hands. . .