1. Description of Our Community
The local community selected for this project is 'Community Groups and Special Populations'. We have focused on the differently abled people and how Bharatnatyam dance is serving as a way of expression to them. The community selected specifies their role in society and emphasizes on Bharatnatyam as a unique form of Classical dance which plays a very significant role in various other domains of learning. It not only nourishes the soul, but also provides an eternal impact on the mind, body and soul of the dejected souls who are deprived of the basic joys of life owing to their disability. With it's mudras, gestures, hand movements and body control, the special population can vividly portray their inner self and sooth their minds. Faridabad is a developing city with heterogeneous group of people harbouring it. This comprises 41927 specially abled people according to census of 2011. Our project aims not just to provide recognition to Bharatnatyam artists with disability in our city , but extend our efforts towards the cause to pan India. This community is not given the equal significance and opportunity to sustain their life and our project takes a step to bring a difference.
2. Summary of Our Project
Dancing is an art, and Bharatnatyam is the expression of that art because both Bharatnatyam and expressions are incomplete without each other. It is thought to have been one of the last, oldest, and most well-known dance styles to have preserved spirituality. Each Bharatnatyam dance represents a distinct narrative. It is based on sensing the rhythm and music. It's how people with disabilities, like the famous physically disabled Bharatnatyam dancer Sudha Chandran, could express their emotions. Also, a number of organisations have been established to support this expressive art form among the disabled. The fact that people with disabilities are frequently viewed sympathetically and undervalued helps them establish a reputation for themselves. It all depends on developing abilities and a passion; there is no conversation and no language needed. Everyone benefits from being more in tune with both themselves and other people. Many NGOs that cater to children with special needs put more emphasis on dance and music, such as the blend of both dance and music known as Bharatnatyam. This is because people with special needs can understand the steps and beats better and enjoy performing it. They improve special skills, interaction, self-esteem, friendship making abilities, and communication skills through Bharatnatyam. It enables them to accept their situation and to take pride in how they overcame it to excel as Bharatnatyam dancers. Overall, Bharatnatyam can make a fervently deaf person hear the cheer, a passionate blind see the brightness, and a vehement curious person learn, but Bharatnatyam can assist a passionate deaf person in hearing the cheer, a fervent blind person in seeing the light in life, and an eager learner physically impaired in feeling the concealed emotions. According to science, dance forms like Bharatnatyam, which demand for rapid muscle movements, improve muscle synchronization, balance, and strength.
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):
As our aim was not only to explore our neighborhood for this problem but it was to understand its impact pan India. Technology and internet helped us in doing so. The entire research work was carried out in our computer labs where students gathered the information, discussed, and derived conclusions to various problems. Various computational and designing tools like Excel, PowerPoint, Canva etc. were used to make draw results and represent the outcomes.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
A path jam-packed with obstacles is a path jam-packed with lessons. Despite the fantastic encounters and tremendous effort, a lot of challenges stood in our way. Choosing the topic, we want to focus on, comes first. It was tough to narrow the list down the topics because we had so many answers from mentors and students. Designing a mind map for the intended research and development was challenging when the topic was decided and teams were formed. The main source of motivation, notwithstanding the value of experiencing and learning something new, was collaboration, teamwork, and support from mentors. s. It helped the students stay committed towards the project. Keeping everything organized and well-operated was also important. As we strive to keep the students interested in this project and warrant their overall development, reaching out to the community with questions was another hurdle during the journey. They were first a little hesitant, but persuading them improved their social abilities. Students were given exposure to use DSLR camera which was a hard nut to crack initially. They were taught to handle it, hold it accurately and align the camera at specific angles to click pictures and record videos. Final creation of the website was done on Google sites were designing of the entire concept was taught. It took a week’s time to explore various tools under it and use each optimally.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our Community includes learning and teaching fraternity with students, their parents. We as a team were overwhelmed by the way in which our team was welcomed by the students of an NGO Prabhat . An NGOs have played an important role in the development of rehabilitation for persons with disabilities worldwide. This has been done on regular bases were Government involvement is negligible and it started as a charity-based institution. NGOs vary in their capacity to change their working practices to achieve these aims. One factor which influences the capacity of disability related NGOs to make the necessary updation appears to relate to their different forms, which vary from small community .
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This International project designs allowed us to become active learners and bring an important contribution to the society we live in. The learning tasks and assignments focused on learning and connecting with our community relating to pedagogic factors generally. Our experience-based and research-oriented project help us to discover a dynamic path of learning. Along the route, we also developed skills related to communication, content organization, data collection, and analytics along with effective web presentation.
It has been an experience that allows us to learn and grow with our teammates as we put it into practice. Our project was largely community-driven, which helped us develop our research skills. This project acted as a vehicle to foster research ability among our team. Without this collaborative group ... without the interaction ... without the glimpse of connectivity that's out there, it would not have been possible for us to showcase our research work. Our theme also helped us to learn more about the true essence of Bharatnatyam, gain knowledge about disabilities, various inspirations, and many more such topics. The rapid and dramatic incursion of the Internet and social networks into our everyday life has revolutionized the methods of exchanging data. The Internet helped us to effectively relay and spread awareness to a larger part of the population. If you want to take a quick glance at the activties and research we did you can visit our activity record page at : https://sites.google.com/view/bharata-natyam/team/progress