Today was another great day. We started off setting the day with Mr. Costa in room 1113. We had three activities to choose from which were
- Chenda Melam Drums
I was in the martial arts group which was Kalaripayattu. We got to know that this is a martial arts which the mother for all the others. It was really important to follow all the instructions we were told by our guru as otherwise we might not be respecting the religion.
I think we showed a good amount of respect and had tried our best Of our ability most of the time. I would also say that after taking that class we were great risk takers and most of us learned something new which before we were scared off. I think that these skills are really important in our daily life fore reasons like safety and keeping this form of art alive. The act of discipline is another important thing to be respectful and having a better performance at the end.
I really enjoyed the fact that I can dance and be strong at the same time. This also looks really good when we perform it thanks to the teachers because he was the one who made us perfect.
Next we went to the pool were we learned one act of design. Unfortunately Mithali and I could not participate as we were not that great swimmers. Though our coach told us we could participate tomorrow. Other than that we thought that the pool looked really pretty with all those amazing swimmers.
It was day-2 of Kalaripayattu and I woke up with aching legs from the day before! We obviously worked muscles that had been lying dormant for more than just a while! Still, I was looking forward to it because I really enjoyed the first day!
Our session began with a repeat of the steps we learnt yesterday. Sir thought we had improved a lot, so that made us feel proud. Then we practiced our individual steps with music. We were given a specific time in which we would enter and do our steps. Some of us were sore from yesterday and at times couldn't keep up with the beat of the music. If we didn't do the steps well enough, we would practice some more and then do the whole song as a group.We adjusted the length of our steps and even got rid of somelike the forward role for me and Raeesa (phew!)
Towards the end of the performance, five of us had to lie on our stomachs and push our self up and down in a wave like motion. Once Mr.Pradeep was satisfied, he gave us a challenge- we had to sit on our hands and try to walk. That was really hard and I had to do it a few times to actually get it!
Finally, it was time for swimming. The girls did the synchronized swimming while the boys played touch rugby. Although I didn't swim today, both the activities looked really fun and I am sure both girls and boys enjoyed it a lot. Overall this was a really fun day and I look forward to the final few CL days as well as our performances!
Students from 7th grade on-campus were split into three groups to do different activities.
Kalari (a form of martial arts mixed with dance), is the activity my group did. The students were given three days to learn their routines which would be performed on Friday for parents, teachers and students. The students at first weren't very respectful as they often laughed at the routines sir taught us.
Students started getting more interested the next day but faced muscle pains and cramps from the previous day. On the third day we rehearsed on the stage with music and lights. The students were excited and amazed by how the show has come together and were proud that they managed this within three days. Everyone did their finishing touches and perfected their dances.
While the students finished off their last bits that needed to be worked on, the teachers got out their costumes. The students weren't as excited as the pants were really big and it wasn't easy at first to put the top on but they got the hang of it. They practiced once with costumes and then went for lunch.
The overall practice today was much better than the previous days as we knew almost all our steps perfectly and listened to the teachers. Students loved this routine as it was new and different from most things they've done before.