CyberFair Project ID: 8426

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Mook Ramleela of Bissau
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Bissau
    Churu, N/A - Does Not Apply, India

60 students, ages 11 to 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2017

Classes and Teachers: Dr. Madhuri Parti, Mr. Manoj Kandwal - Classes from VII to IX

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We are students of a multi-cultural community coming from various parts of the country. Our school is situated at Bissau, serving the adjacent town and villages. Bissau, a small town around 12 Kilometer away from the District Headquarters Churu and 200 Kilometer away from the State capital of Rajasthan in India, Jaipur.

Bissau is nestled in the Thar desert, with very meager means of agriculture and industries indigenous. It is a homogeneous mixture of Hindus and Muslims the two major communities. Otherwise a sleepy town that comes to a standstill with the setting sun, comes to life in month of October, when the inhabitants come together to enact the Ramleela from the Ramayana.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Ramleela is the enactment of the life of Raja Ram; His birth, exile, war with Ravana, victory, return and coronation. The Bissau Mook Ramleela is almost a 150 years old tradition with the locals. It has all the depiction of the melodrama without a dialogue, not a single word spoken or any narration. All is pure action in synchronization to drum beats and music. A stretch of road is the stage and different acts take place at a different venue along the road. One needs to follow the act and keep moving-on with characters to partake of the whole play. With the infiltration of the Smart Mobiles, Cable TV and the Internet accessibility this age old tradition is on its last strings. We were awestruck to witness all the episodes and interact with the artists and organizers. We take it upon ourselves to help revive this beautiful and very meaningful melodrama and put it on a stage for the world to see. We hope and pray that our humble effort comes to fruition and the Mook Ramleela gets recognition from the government, funds from patrons and a worldwide audience.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

The computer and internet facilities are very good. A lease line has been procured for the whole school with speed of 100 Kbps. The school campus is WiFi enabled and access given to all staff and students working on projects. The internet was not very helpful in collection of data of the Mook Ramleela as it has not been covered and put on the Net. But we learned a lot about the Ramleela performed in other parts of the world. To our surprise the Mook (Without words) Ramleela of Bissau is the only Ramleela in the whole world.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Selection of the Project: The region has so much untouched by the world which is craving for someone to notice, like the Havelies and Frescos we covered in our last projects. To zero down on the Mook Ramleela in the first team meet was a heated discussion, as others seemed equally tempting to choose. 2.Time constraints: To have regular team meets in the middle of the busy curriculum and activities was a challenge. We met during break-time sharing our Tiffin’s and Findings with the team. Striking a balance between studies, research was a test for time management. 3. Viewing the Ramleela: The Ramleela is only enacted in the evenings when all come back from the fields and work. But we had to have the permission of our parents to leave in the evenings and come at a late hour (we are not allowed to move out after sunset). Our parents allowed us to view the Ramleela as we had our teachers escort us and safely hand us over to our parents. 4.Interviewing the actors and organizers: Taking prior appointments and permissions with the artists and organizers was another challenge.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This project will not end with the website hosted on the competition; this will carry on as we have taken it upon ourselves to revive, get Government recognition, funds from patrons and a worldwide audience for this beautiful but slowly passing away Mook Ramleela of Bissau.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Engaging in International Schools CyberFair Project has created an opportunity to connect learning across disciplines and to real life experiences these interactions with artist and organizers were learning for life. Subject areas covered in the course of carrying out activities include: History, Geography, Art, English, ICT, Event Management and Citizenship. The Internet has helped the students and allowed the student to create something never taught in a traditional classroom.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

The information tools ranged from Smart Phones, Cameras, Video Recorders, Computers, Tablets and Personal Interviews with the artists and organizers. We even interviewed the audiences and collected information.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

This project is very close to all of us including our Principal, who is the first ambassador and spokesperson of the project. He has used various school events, parent-teacher meets and morning assemblies to speak highly about our project. He takes it upon himself to contact the district and state administration, through letters and personal contacts to seek Government recognition. We are also very passionate and have been using the WhatsApp, PPT, Movie Maker videos to pass-on the message to everyone and in our contacts. We would be also posting such videos on YouTube on the culmination of our project.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The audiences surged with the spread of the message that a Mook Ramleela in on at Bissau, that is a 150 years old (people were not aware of an event like this) once the students spread the news to their parents, friends and neighbours. The Road Show and Rally taken out by the students to preserve and promote the Mook Ramleela and brought a new spirit in the artists and organizers. They now have a strong feeling that the annual event will not only take-off but that they would be invited to enact the same at other places too. They felt guilty of just going through the motions sometimes as they got little attention at the local level and nothing to talk about outside the town. There is renewed enthusiasm in the community.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The staff and students belonging to Bissau as so happy that their home-town has been recognized and chosen as the topic of the project. They have participated overwhelmingly. The parents and staff have also been very co-operative and has directed to the sources of information for the project. Many locals have shared information about the Event or have directed to the right people (Resources). The local police and administration have extended full support to help find detailed information, conduct awareness road-shows and rallies.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The Mook Ramleela of Bissau was a revelation for many of us, who have come as children of government officials, businessmen or jobs and settled here. All had heard or seen a Ramleela enacted through dialogues on a stage made for the purpose, but this was different. ‘Words are not important for communication’ has been exemplified through the Mook Ramleela. Some artists are so passionate about the enactment they take annual leave from offices, even if they are posted anywhere in the country, to dress up and show up.


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