Stepping away from “Bal Swachh Abhiyaan”, which most of the schools across the city observed on Children’s Day last week following state school and higher education minister Vinod Tawde’s directive, a Pali-Hill store gathered a group of children, aged between three to 12 years, to impart values through puppetry.
On November 15, city-based puppeteer and educationist Usha Venkatraman conducted a 45-minute show at a private store in Bandra, ‘The Shop’, to tell short stories through finger and hand puppets. The objective was to teach real-life lessons to children through short stories. Over 30 children from different schools across the city attended the event last week.
“Puppets are one of the most effective means of teaching life-lessons to children, in a fun and entertaining manner.Mostly, the six-year-old children and older ones were engaged throughout the event as puppet shows are still a fascination for them,” Venkatraman said, adding that even adults love watching puppet shows.
Most of the puppets were made by Venkatraman using papers while some which were made from waste-paper, were bought from a Jaipur-based NGO.
The stories spoke about unity, love, selflessness. A story, for instance, about why a thumb is located away from all the other fingers, symbolised the importance of unity.