SAIIER 2019:Kuilai Creative Centre
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The vision of Kuilai Creative Centre (KCC) is to connect the beneficial influence of Aurovilian philosophy and activities with the Tamil culture, and for our centre to be a place where the two cultures will integrate. We would like to build a bridge between Auroville and our villages, connecting people with many different activities. We believe that this would fulfill the Mother’s wish to attend to the development and welfare of local village people.
Activities of the year:
- Silambam – Every Sunday (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) taught by Ajitkumar and Ravikumar.
- Bharatha Naattiyam – Every Saturday (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) taught by Sathya, Ramya and Vanitha.
- Tuition classes – Monday through Friday (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) taken care by Subithra, Sandhiya, Divya and Sathya.
- English class – Weekly twice (Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), taught by Amudhavalli and Sandhiya.
- Music class – Weekly once (Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) taught by Rajkumar.
- Library – Open Monday through Saturday (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.), looked after by Subashini and assisted by Selvaraj.
All these activities took place accordingly and the participants showed their interest by joining in most of these activities. Everything was coordinated in advance by Selvaraj to make sure that the activities were regular and prepared.
Parents encouraged their children to participate in the extracurricular activities, as entertaining activities in their surroundings where they could get mentally and physically relaxed from their daily stressed motives and work pressures.
Silambam, Music and Bharatha Naattiyam had more than 15 regular participants. Because these classes were conducted on the weekends, people could more easily find time to attend. They loved to learn these ancient and very traditional activities of Tamilnadu. Playing piano was completely new for them and they showed their enthusiasm in the Wednesday classes.
The English classes had more interest at the beginning, but later the students attended less and less regularly. So it is a question of how to make them standardized.
The Library was one of the most welcomed and appreciated activities from our participants and visitors this year. We dedicated a lot of time in setting up things for the library, like installing a list of books, putting stickers on the books, arranging books according to the fit criteria, creating book entries, and reaching out people. We had just inaugurated our new building last year, on August 15th, 2018. So we had to spend much of our energies in getting things organized. We have at least 50 users of the library on a regular and irregular basis, and by next year intend to reach more than 200 users. We continued offering tuition classes, one of the most favored activities, from 6 to 8pm. However we aren’t sure about keeping this alive since it encourages the exam oriented approach to school and life.
Most meaningful this year was seeing people’s enthusiasm for the library which opens them to falling in love with reading books. Especially now that most people are on digital devices we are glad that we can offer this.
At KCC we wish to be life oriented, rather than exam oriented which is what Sri Aurobindo wished to have and bring forward through the integral education system. We believe in this for everyone’s greater development.