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Reclaiming the after-school hours

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Leisure activities are being crowded out by special classes and tuitions. But still, a clutchof hobby centres across the city are thriving with their year-long calendar of activities. VIPASHA SINHA reports.

In a competitive society, after-school hours look like an extension of the classroom.

Tuitions, special classes, memory training and a slew of other activities aimed at excellence in exams, crowd a child’s life. Such single-mindedness does pay off. Take the case of the recent SSLC exams, which rained centums.

Almost always, big grades come at a price. Most children sacrifice hobbies at the altar of academic excellence. But textbooks, even classroom practicals, can’t replace non-academic activities in shaping certain aspects of a child’s mind. An evident truth, but one that is lost on the majority of academicians and parents. It’s against this scenario that a small but growing number of hobby centres offer year-long after-school activities, ranging from those you thought went out with the ark to the latest sensations on the leisure map.

Here, we feature a few of them that represent the trend.

Kalaa Manjari is a creativity studio whose methods contrast sharply with most others’. They are built on a belief that creativity can’t be induced in a child; it can be only honed.

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