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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

करवा चौथ या मीडिया का खिलवाड़


छुटपन में एक कहानी पढी थी- करवाचौथ शायद यशपाल की। हमे हरतालिका यानी तीज का तो पता है, क्योंकि बचपन से वही देखते आए थे माँ, बहन, भाभी आदि को करते। करवाचौथ पहली बार जाना और उसके बाद फिल्मों के माध्यम से। हिन्दी फिल्मो पर पंजाबियों का कब्ज़ा रहा है, इसलिए हिन्दी फिल्मो में भी गाँव की गोरी घाघरे में रहती है। पहले एकाध फिल्मों में करवाचौथ आता था। अब हर पारिवारिक फिल्म और सीरियल में यह आने लगा है, जैसे इसके बिना स्त्री का पतिवार्त्य धर्म छोटा हो जाएगा।
मीडिया इसको भुनाने मी भला पीछे क्यों रहे? कल यह व्रत था और जिस तरह से एक चैनल इसका आंखो देखा हाल बता रहा था, लग रहा था, जैसे सूर्य या चन्द्र ग्रहण की कोई गंभीर खगोलीय परिवर्तन की बात हो रही है। महिलाओं से बातचीत, पति के लिए पूछे जा रहे बेमतलब के सवाल। कोई पूछे उनसे की इस मौक़े पर क्या कोई पत्नी अपने पति के लिए ऎसी- वैसी बात बोलेगी? भारतीय स्त्रियाँ तो वैसे भी "भला है, बुरा है, मेरा पति मेरा देवता है" में विश्वास रखती हैं। एक चैनल ने तो करवाचौथ पर एक शो ही रख डाला -गेम शो की तरह का और एंकर महोदय जनाधार करवा रहे हैं की पति द्वारा लाया गया उपहार यदि पत्नी को पसंद नहीं तो क्या उसे यह बात पति से कह देनी चाहिए या उसे उपहार स्वीकार कर लेना चाहिए? आपको क्या लगता है की जनाधार क्या रहेगा? अरे वही, जो आपके मन में है। अब छ्म्माक्छाल्लो बडे चक्कर में है। पतियों की हालत वैसे ही खराब है, जब से हीरेवालों ने हीरे की वकालत प्रेम के सबसे अनमोल उपहार के रुप में की है। बीबियाँ अब सोने के जेवर नहीं, हीरा मांगती हैं।
छ्म्म्क्छ्ल्लो यह भी कहती है की करवाचौथ एक भारतीय मानस के प्रेम, समर्पण का व्रत है, इसे हांक-हांक कर मीडिया उडाए लिए चला जा रहा है। लोगों को लग सकता है की इससे हमारी संस्कृति फल-फूल रही है।
एक चैनल ऐश्वर्या राय के पीछे पडा हुआ था की उनका यह पहला करवाचौथ है। अब उनकी शादी की ही तरह इस करवाचौथ के भी फुटेज तो मिले नहीं, तो लिहाजा उनके विदेश से देश आगमन, पति व ससुर द्वारा उनके स्वागत से लेकर उनकी फिल्मों के फुटेज ही दिखाते रहे।
छाम्माक्छ्ल्लो कहिस की देश में बहुत सी चीजों का बाजारीकरण होता रहा है। यह बाज़ार है और बाज़ार में हर चीज़ बिकती है। अब आप ही बताएं की आपकी भावनाओं का बाजारीकरण हो, आपको बाज़ार में बिकने के लिए खडा कर दिया जाए तो आपको कैसा लगेगा? करवाचौथ या इस तरह की भावनाएं बिकाऊ नहीं हो सकतीं। ताकतवर से आप लड़ नहीं सकते तो उसकी बातों से परहेज़ तो कीजिए। ज़रूरी नहीं की मीडिया के हर परोसे गए व्यंजन को हम चखें ही।

Friday, October 5, 2007

अवितोको की कला प्रदर्शनी फिनलैंड में




AVITOKO’a Art Exhibition in Finland

AVITOKO had exhibited the work of art prepared by ‘special’ group of people during the festival of COLOR OF INDIA, 2007. The work of art were made by people in various art workshops, conducted by AVITOKO time to time. The medium used in the work of art were poster colors, crayons and mix media, where bits of papers, bits of cloths were also utilized to form the art and design.

Appearance of these paintings in bright colors were diplayed in 4 sections of various people belong to ‘special’ group. The exhibitions became the centre of attraction of the festival.

Through its philosophy of RANG JEEVAN (Art & Theatre for Life), AVITOKO has successfully created a belief that talent is not the sole property of any individual. Right time with right opportunity and right perspective creates an enthusiasm among the people towards art, theatre, literature etc and provide an opportunity for expressing one’s creative spirirt and self. It also provide an opportunity to wipe out inhibitions of people too. Along with work of art, AVITOKO had displayed the greetings cards etc also prepared by ‘special’ group of people.’

Thursday, October 4, 2007

फिनलैंड में विभा रानी की एकल नाट्य प्रस्तुती





Monologue by Vibha Rani in ‘COLOR of इंडिया', Finland.

AVITOKO had participated in COLOR OF INDIA, 2007, a festival organized by ‘Aarambh’, a Finland based organization, through a monologue play "Life is not a Dream" by Mrs. Vibha Rani. Vibha Rani is - A writer & playwright of Maithili & Hindi, social activist, theater actor, believing in self & others and wishing a better world tomorrow. She is also the Founding Secreatry of AVITOKO and established Hindi & Maithili writer. Theatrical Presentation by children of Steiner School and exhibition of work of art by ‘special’ group of people were also presented during the festival and gained a great applaud from the audience.
theme of the monologue "Life is not a Dream" is an age old dilemma of an Indian woman, who has been considered as a home maker, service provider, care taker of the family, children and reliever from all the pains and grief of the family, but she has not been given a preference and freedom to lead her life in her own way and wishes। Failed to get her own identity in her own home, she finally leaves it।

Written and acted by Vibha Rani, the monologue "Life is not a Dream" has been directed by Mr। Harsha Prasad, a well known theatre actor and director.

Before this, Vibha Rani has acted in several plays, such as ‘Dularibai’, ‘Savdhaan Pururva’. ‘Poster’ ‘Boodhe Putron kii javaan maan’ ‘kasaibadaa’ etc. Her recent historical play is ‘Mr. jinnah’, Founder and the first Governer General of Pakistan), where she had performed the role of Fatima, sister of Mr Jinnah, who had lead a major role to form Pakistan.

AVITOKO is an Organisation, passionate towards a Better World Tomorrow, works with a varied class of society striving to turn their dreams into reality through Theatre, Art, Culture, Education, Training, Women & children welfare, publication.
With ‘Pehchaan’, AVITOKO strives to introduce 'special' children and prison inmates to their own inner strengths hidden within their dark existence.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

नाट्य कार्यशाला के रंग- फिनलैंड के बच्चों के संग


And kids opened their wings like birds…

AVITOKO has conducted a 5 day theatre workshop for the kids of Stiener School, Espoo, Finland. This school itself works in a very innovative manner and believes teaching to kids in a non- conventional method, where children are allowed to learn any thing as per their choice.

In day 1, kids were given a lesson of forming the group by the games of clapping and making circle followed by other physical activities. These activities erased inhibitions and hesitations among kids and they became open. By nature, Finnish people are a little shy and so the kids too. Opening up excercises had removed their hesitation and they stated behavibg in more open manner. The last step was meditation. It affected their minds and soul so beautifully, that every day they kept asking, when we will go for meditation. Some other kids joined the group after lisning from their frinds that the activities of workshop are very interesting.

In day 3, inputes based on an Indian folk tale on ‘Self Help:Best Help’ was given along with the action related with the story, which kids picked up very fast. In spite of language barriers, they learnt every thing in a very professional way. It made AVITOKO’s belief stronger that theatre has its own language and spoken language becomes meaningless, while interacting in theatre language.

On day 4 & 5, they exercised on this quite well and polished it alon with other exercises based on voice, group, self, theatre techniques etc.

During all 5 days, Kids enjoyed this workshop in a manner that they were waiting eaerly to start this workshop and never wanted to leave the place.

फिनलैंड के बच्चों की नाट्य प्रस्तुती


Theatrical presentation by kids of finland

No language, only action, only emotions, only drama, only dramatic graphs! If there were a few words, such as ‘Aaitii’ (mother), ‘Rotta’ (rat) and that also in Finnish. And result was in the form of a good, effective and communicative presentation by the school children of Finland. They were between the age group of 4-12 years. The presentation was made on September 30, 2007, during the festival of ‘COLOR OF INDIA’ an annual celebration by Aarambh, a Finland based non-profit organization. Before that, the same was presented on September 29, 2007 before a good gathering of enthusiastic parents as well as the teachers of the school.

Since the children don’t know English, it was quite challenging to get into them into any theatrical presentation. But accepting new challenges are always a big challenge for AVITOKO, wchich was handled successfully.

Based on the story of an Indian folk tale, the kids were given physical actions, body language, mind space to think, organize, reorganize the content through the physical excercises and meditation. It was not in a syllabus form, but in the form of learning with fun. With the movements of their body and expressions, they expressed the theme in a quite well manner.
‘It is necessary to put their mind, heart and soul with the rythm of their body, but should not be a task for children, otherwise they will loose their interest.’ Says, Vibha Rani, Honorary and Founder Secretary of AVITOKO, under whose guidance, the kids presented their shows.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

AVITOKO’s theatrical initiation in Finland AVITOKO’s theatrical initiation in Finland



THEATRE workshop with the kids of Finland।

After conducting several numbes of theatre and art workshos for varied class of kids in various parts of India, AVITOKO is reaching now to Finland, an Scandenavian country to conduct a theatre workshop for its children from September 24-28, 2007.
Through its philosophy of RANG JEEVAN (Art & Theatre for Life), AVITOKO believes that theatre, art, literature, culture are strong opportunities for expressing one’s creative spirirt and self expression and at the same time, vanishes inhibitions of people too. At the same time, AVITOKO needs to emphasises its concept of ‘Learning through Fun’
In its 5 days, theatre workshop, the kids will be given an opportunity to learn voice modulation, behavioralpatterns for group and self, different theatrical lessions, physical activities, different games, yoga as well as meditation। The workshop will be conducted by Vibha Rani, Honorary Secretary of AVITOKO.
And kids opened their wings like birds… अवितोको' की 5 day theatre workshop for the kids of Stiener School, Espoo, Finland. This school itself works in a very innovative manner and believes teaching to kids in a non- conventional method, where children are allowed to learn any thing as per their choice.
In day 1, kids were given a lesson of forming the group by the games of clapping and making circle followed by other physical activities. These activities erased inhibitions and hesitations among kids and they became open. By nature, Finnish people are a little shy and so the kids too. Opening up excercises had removed their hesitation and they stated behavibg in more open manner. The last step was meditation. It affected their minds and soul so beautifully, that every day they kept asking, when we will go for meditation. Some other kids joined the group after lisning from their frinds that the activities of workshop are very interesting.
In day 3, inputes based on an Indian folk tale on ‘Self Help:Best Help’ was given along with the action related with the story, which kids picked up very fast. In spite of language barriers, they learnt every thing in a very professional way. It made AVITOKO’s belief stronger that theatre has its own language and spoken language becomes meaningless, while interacting in theatre language.
On day 4 & 5, they exercised on this quite well and polished it alon with other exercises based on voice, group, self, theatre techniques etc.
During all 5 days, Kids enjoyed this workshop in a manner that they were waiting eaerly to start this workshop and never wanted to leave the place.

अवितोको की पेंटिंग कार्यशाला फिनलैंड मे


Painting with foot in Art Workshop for kids of Steiner School, Espoo, Finland.


With the philosophy of ‘RANG JEEVAN’ (Art & Thatre for Life), AVITOKO had conducted a 1 day art workshop for the kids of Stiener School, Espoo, Finland. Two methods were applied and found extremly innovative and exploring.

In method 1, no hands were used while painting. Kids were given a total enjoying, colorful HOLI (a festival of India, where people play with colors) mood to enjoy this workshop with the concept of AVITOKO’s ‘Learning with Fun.’

In this method, shoes, socks of kids were taken out. Drawing sheets were spread over on the floor. Different water colors were dissolved in different trays and kids were asked to pour their feet in these colors and jump on the sheets. While jumping and dancing, different shapes were printed out on the sheets. With the result, multi colored, multi shape impressions were appeared on the sheets, leaving very innovative, very enjoying impressions.
In method 2, kids were given some woolen thread to dip in different colors and throw them in a way of ‘as it is, where it is.’ Different colors’ threads with the sprinkle of colors again gave a multi colors reflection of their work. Needless to say, how much they enjoyed in the workshop.