Teachers Conducting: Ms. Shweta Mehra
Teachers Involved: Early years and Primary Teachers
The workshop was mainly based on the relevance of Puppetry in our Education system. Puppetry plays an important role for teaching children wherein the puppeteer uses movements of her hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, and in some cases the mouth and eyes of the puppet. The puppeteer often speaks in the voice of the character of the puppet, and then synchronizes the movements of the puppet's mouth with this spoken part. The actions, gestures and spoken parts acted out by the puppets are typically used in storytelling.
The finger puppets, which are tiny puppets that fit onto a single finger, and sock puppets, which are formed from a sock and operated by inserting one's hand inside the sock, with the opening and closing of the hand simulating the movement of the puppet's "mouth" were used for story narration. The primary focus of the workshop was how class room sessions can be made interesting using puppets and even sensitive issues like bullying amongst the children can be handled using the same. The teachers enthusiastically made their own sock puppets and enacted in small groups using the same.