Global Arts for Global Kids 

Week #1: Indian Dance & Yoga from Different Regions with FTH Teaching Artist Abha Roy

 

We are pleased to announce the return of our renowned, virtual global arts programming “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids II.” Lessons are provided Monday through Friday at 2 PM on FTH Website, Facebook and Youtube Channel. Each day students will enjoy a short 5-10 minutes pre-recorded video lesson and a post-lesson activity. An additional virtual interactive option is available for school classes or family learning groups to work with FTH master teaching artists --- learn more about our “Meet the Artist/Jam with the Artist” live virtual workshops. 

 

Our GAGK II lessons kick-off with an introduction to Indian dance & yoga by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Abha Roy. Abha is a master dance teacher, choreographer, and the founder of Srijan Dance Center. She specializes in Kathak, a northern Indian classical dance form. In this series, she will teach three yoga breathing techniques that help create calm focus, and introduce you to nine children's dances with song lyrics in Hindi. For this week, we will imagine traveling to India to experience the local traditions through dance.   

 

Day 1 

Following a simple breathing exercise, Abha Roy invites all the kids and families to join an imaginative train ride adventure through two dances. The dances are choreographed to two popular Hindi kid songs: Rail Gadi (train), and Sargam (7 music notes). You can further make a paper train at home with this activity worksheet: https://bit.ly/33eDw68

 

Did you know that dance company’s such as Abha Roy’s Srijan Dance Center work as a team to create their performances?  While each dancer must be able to perform their choreography, they also work together on other aspects of the company’s performance.  For example: this video was recorded by Anika Datta (15-year), and edited by Ambika Datta (23-year), students from Srijan Dance Center. Music came from Preeti Sagar’s album “Phulwari Bachchon Ki”.

 

 

Day 2 

If you have a birthday party coming up, don’t miss this lesson for new, birthday surprise ideas. Today Abha will share with you two fun dances and songs: Gubbare lo (a balloon seller who carries plenty of beautiful colorful balloons) and Birthday Song. In India, (just like NYC) you may come across a balloon seller in a park, at a festival or in the market.  Practice the choreography and let’s sing and dance to celebrate. You can also create a balloon birthday card and learn more about birthday celebrations in India with this activity worksheet: https://bit.ly/36xHo4z 

 

This video was recorded by Anika Datta (15-year), and edited by Ambika Datta (23-year), students from Srijan Dance Center. Music came from Preeti Sagar’s album “Phulwari Bachchon Ki”.

 

 

Day 3

Today Abha introduces us to Anulom-vilom or alternate nostril breathing.  This exercise helps us when we feel frazzled and want to be calmer and more balanced. Find a comfortable way to sit under the sun and practice it. Then follow Abha’s choreography to learn the sun path, four cardinal directions and rainbow colors. The accompanied music rhythms are Purab Se (sun song) and Ek Do Teen (rainbow song). Check out the activity worksheet to learn the vocabulary in Hindi: https://bit.ly/30mihgU

 

This video was recorded by Anika Datta (15-year), and edited by Ambika Datta (23-year), students from Srijan Dance Center. Music came from Preeti Sagar’s album “Phulwari Bachchon Ki”.

 

 

Day 4 

Diwali, the most important Hindu holiday celebrated in India and across the world, is coming soon on November 14, 2020! Check out Abha’s video as she uses dance movements to introduce the food, sweets, kids’ games, greetings and more that people do during this festival. And enjoy drawing your Diwali Rangoli with this activity worksheet: https://bit.ly/3jd9PrP

 

This video was recorded by Anika Datta (15-year), and edited by Ambika Datta (23-year), students from Srijan Dance Center. Music came from Preeti Sagar’s album “Phulwari Bachchon Ki”.

 

 

Day 5

After our exciting four-day imaginative adventures of a train ride adventure, birthday party, rainbow dance and Diwali celebration, the last lesson today is for your mind and body to relax. While Abha is dancing to the music Gudiya Ki Ankhon Main by Preeti Sagar, she hopes to bring back memories of good times where we would listen to bedtime stories and fall asleep under the moonlight. In our dreams, we will achieve our goal. And one day, we will be ready for the next journey. Download this activity worksheet for popular Indian fables teaching resources: https://bit.ly/2Sa4mGt

 

This video was recorded by Anika Datta (15-year), and edited by Ambika Datta (23-year), students from Srijan Dance Center. Music came from Preeti Sagar’s album “Phulwari Bachchon Ki”.

 


 

If you have any questions regarding accessing the free GAGK content or booking the Meet the Artist/Jam with the Artist virtual workshops, please contact the Education Department at education@flushingtownhall.org. We are grateful to be part of your global arts journey!

 


 


 

Global Arts for Global Kids II series is supported by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and Guru Krupa Foundation. If you enjoyed these free online lessons and resources, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our artists to create more free arts education for schools and families.