Cultural Exchange Programme 2017-18
INDIA, a unique country with bio diversity, is also famous for its rich culture and traditions on the world map. Ideas, customs we follow, arts, handicrafts, religions, food habits, fairs, festivals, music and dance are a part of our culture. People follow various customs and traditions according to their own religions. We celebrate our festivals according to our own rituals. It is the country of the oldest civilization in the world.
With the aim to connect globally through art works which represent one of the few areas in our society where people can come together to share an experience even if they see the world in radically different ways, art also encourages us to cherish intuition, uncertainty, and creativity.
Platforms like One World Classroom,U.S.A offers such an opportunity for the children through the Art Works Exchange Program to connect globally, to know each other’s culture in a meaningful way and gain mutual respect and understanding for new cultures.
After the registration, children started working to reflect Indian culture through drawings and paintings as per their day to day experiences and lent an interesting look to it with vibrancy of different hues.
Nearly 25 paintings were sent in the month of March’18 to the organization which welcomes the same from the registered countries throughout the world.
By June 2018, twenty four artworks, reflecting the diverse culture of various countries, like USA, Russia, South Africa, Bangladesh, had been selected.
This activity not only made the exchange interesting but has also given a vision of voice which is definitely going to take shape in the next exchange programme.
Rupsi Chauhan is working in Kendriya Vidyalaya DRDO Bangalore as an Art Education teacher for the past 15 years for the promotion of drawing skills and creativity in children. Her art curriculum consists of topics related to current issues on Environment and Energy to bring awareness in the minds of the young ones. She has served as a judge in various art competitions and is a member of the panel for selection of art teachers in local schools. Twice she was invited as art educator from India to the Art Festival held in Washington D.C, U.S.A.in 2012 and 2015.
She has made a 6.38 minute 2D animation film on Nurture Nature. She is a science graduate and studied Art from Kala Kendra, Dehradun (BFA) . She has served as a resource person for the in-service course for art education teachers held in January 2016 at ZIET, Mysore.
She has written six articles on different aspects of art for NIE, Times of INDIA in the past four years.