Rajyothsava: Universal Man!

I used to feel nervous and drench myself with sweat standing on a stage. Stage fear is not an easy thing to handle. It would not go away so easily, it is a constant effort to kick out of one’s life. Nervousness, butterflies in the tummy, feeling of nausea, irritation, a constant fear of uncertainty, anxiety, etc., are some of the emotions that traumatize a person while on stage. It is advisable always to take medical counselling / help to deal with it based on the severity.

This school celebrated Kannada Rajyothsava coupled with dance, music, drama, skits and other performances by the school kids. This particular school tries to address the stage fear of each and every pupil and gives every single child an opportunity to perform on stage (size of the role should not matter, as far as the kid performs). The amount of effort that goes into making such an event with so much grandeur is not a child’s play. Frankly, these days we are all nuclear families (there is nothing wrong in it), and taking care of the one or two kids at home itself becomes a huge task, that most often stays unaccomplished. Making such kids to perform on stage, together, is an achievement in itself.

The whole program was a beautiful rendition of the historical and cultural essence of this piece of land, KANNADA NADU = KARNATAKA. The representation of how our city, Bangalore was built and how Karnataka was formed, gave an insight to many in the audience. The audience had a variety of different language speaking people. I want to appreciate all those who could not understand the language, yet sat through the whole show and maintained the decorum. It is sheer discipline, respect and gratitude towards the school.

The school played a wonderful role in this event. Not only did it give the kids an opportunity, it made sure that no kid goes out of stage without performing. It made sure that the child’s fear is handled with care and utmost caution. What surprises me about this school is, it never fails to celebrate this day every single year. The respect for local / regional language is important, because not always would we get to speak a foreign language (In this case anything other than Kannada, is foreign. It is my view and not to hurt anyone’s or any other linguists’ sentiments).

The chief guest who addressed us audience quoted the famous Kannada poet Kuvempu’s saying. He quoted, One of Kuvempu’s biggest contributions was the concept of ‘Universal Man’. “A child, which by birth is a universal man, is fettered by us with such constraints as country, language, religion, caste, race and colour. To free the child from all these limitations and transform it into an `enlightened soul’ — that is to say the Universal Man — should be the first and foremost function of our education, culture and civilisation. All our children should become `Universal beings’ if the world should survive, live and advance,’’ Kuvempu had said (translation K C Shiva Reddy). {This para reference from http://www.bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/columns/views/Kuvempu-Still-speaking-to-our-conscience/articleshow/49327281.cms}

And too sure the school is doing its share of work to make our kids Universal Men. As parents, we should also do our share towards this by understanding the principles, ideas of the school.

I saw many kids performing on stage some with shyness, and some with confidence. But they all did perform and did really well. I should credit to the school, they are doing a great job in helping kids fight the stage fear and become universal man. The school is Jain Heritage School, in Bangalore.

Psst… Kids are sponges, they absorb everything they see. Be responsible! If you do not want your child to do it, then you do not do it.