Economics lessons imparted through Kathaprasangam

Pramod Malyankara, a school teacher, directing the Kathaprasangam on Economics as it is being filmed.

Pramod Malyankara, a school teacher, directing the Kathaprasangam on Economics as it is being filmed. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

When the school remained closed during the height of the pandemic, Pramod Malyankara, a teacher at the SNV Sanskrit Higher Secondary School in North Paravur, busied himself on a novel project for teaching his subject Economics.

The idea was to impart important Economic lessons for the higher secondary students in the form of a now near-extinct traditional artform Kathaprasangam. He spent nearly six months on the project and scripted a 15-minute-long story fittingly named Economics. A fortnight back, he enlisted the prize-winning Kathaprasangam team of the school led by Malavika Laikosh to present the story.

“It took the team just five days to master the story since they were adept in the artform. I shot the story and is now in the process of editing it, all with the help of students,” said Mr. Malyankara who had bought the camera and related accessories out of his pocket for such initiatives.

The story features the key principles of micro and macroeconomics, global recession, the working of the foreign exchange markets and the duty of the Reserve Bank of India while renowned Economists Adam Smith and J.M. Keynes also find a mention. “Presenting key Economic lessons in the form of a Kathaprasangam will help to embed them in the memory of students by eliminating the tediousness involved in conventional learning,” reasoned Mr. Malyankara.

Once the work is completed, the video of the Kathaprasangam will be screened in classrooms. By next month, he plans to upload it in his YouTube channel so as to make it available easily even to students beyond his school.

When it comes to teaching, thinking out of the box has always been the forte of the 48-year-old teacher who has received many awards in the 23 years of his service. He had in the past used artforms like Ottamthullal and Chakyarkoothu to teach economic lessons.

His project adopting Ottamthullal was recognised by the education department, which shot it under the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) and posted it on the website.

“Teaching is a passion for me and I genuinely believe that improvised teaching methods do make a change and ensure better connect with the students,” said Mr. Malyankara., who is also a State resource person of the education department for Economics.

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