Staff Reporter

Teachers’ Day was observed in the State with various programmes.

KOCHI: They are not teachers by profession but a host of artistes in the city who galvanise the new generation in their own style. Without seeking to dominate, they continue to inspire by transferring their adroit skills to youngsters.

Be it senior film-maker K.G. George or artist T. Kaladharan, teaching is not a profession to earn money, but to mould young minds and instil the passion to pursue their dreams. Between them, they share the right spirit as another Teachers’ Day was observed here on Wednesday.

Mr. George, who is busy giving lectures on cinema to hundreds of budding talents, said: “Cinema is a medium that cannot be taught in a classroom. It has to be experienced. I always tell my students to watch movies, especially world classics.”

Terming movies, as a tool to learn more, Mr. George said that movies like “Bicycle Thieves” actually mapped the socio-political situation in those times. By watching such classics, students get to know more about the history and events that occurred in various countries, he said.

A director who made memorable movies like Panchavadipalam and Yavanika, Mr. George said that it was possible to teach film theory but such a pattern of learning would not help fully in realising the essence of cinema.

Pointing out that while the young generation was passionate about movies, they could not experience the magic element of cinema. “When I was a young, movies had gifted some kind of magic. Television has given so many images of films to the new generation. It is possible to bring them into that magical mode gradually by telling them to watch more movies,” he said.

Artist Kaladharan is a teacher who always tells his students not to forget the basics of painting. “Technology in the form of computer and other aids seem to have opened up various opportunities to the newcomers. But they should learn drawing. It would provide them with several visuals,” he said.

Referring to the increasing demand for applied arts, Kaladharan said the number of students opting for painting and sculpture was going down on campuses offering programmes in fine arts.

Cultural programmes

Meetings and cultural programmes marked the Teachers’ Day observance in the city.

The service of hundreds of teachers was remembered on the occasion. The district-level programmes, as part of the day celebrations was held at S.R.V. High School. Meetings were also held at various CBSE schools here.

Adarsh Special School at Kureekkad was all decked up for the occasion to receive writer M.K. Sanu. Mr. Sanu, who had been a source of inspiration for many teachers, felt that he would certainly like to touch the feet of the teachers who were providing guidance to the students at the special school.

It was easy to be a teacher in an ordinary school, but here teachers had to be blessed with a lot of love, he said. It was only through love that special children could be guided, he added. At the function, Mr. Sanu received ‘gurudakshina’ from Principal of Adarsh Nitya Gopalakrishnan, a teacher Vanaja and a student Archana.

Teachers felicitated

The Vidyodaya Institute of Education Management (VIEM), an institute under Vidyodaya Trust, felicitated teachers on the occasion. The institute also announced a competition for the “Award of Excellence in Teaching.”

The competition is open to all teachers of CBSE Schools in the State. The topic for the competition is “Promoting creativity in the classroom.”