LIFE

Spending the vacation better

A host of training classes - yoga, music, dance, painting, theatre, sports, etc. - await children during the summer vacation. Many institutes have planned site-seeing trips also as part of the classes.

The Vasistha Yoga Therapy and Research Centre, Statue Junction, Tripunithura (phone number 2778581/98470 56855), has come out with a yoga module for children aged between 12 and 16 for all-round personality development.

"It is aimed at increasing concentration, memory, eyesight and the mental, spiritual, intellectual, and physical health of the children. Yogasanas and yogic games are part of the class. The first batch of the 21-day class begins on April 1,'' says K. S. Vasudevan Namboodiri, director of the institute.

Avishkar, Kadavanthara (2313791), too has a yoga course starting from April 1. Apart from this, they offer a two-month orientation class in folk dance, magic, theatre, drawing, and colouring. "Classes on ballads, rhymes, riddles and fairy tales can be hilarious, enlightening and entertaining. Well-known experts from each field will take classes,'' says Venu, managing trustee.

United VBS (2304332) is organising Teen Challenge 2003 at Greets Academy, Kaloor, from April 1. Classes will be given in Bible studies, music, puppet show and painting. The emphasis is on success, teenage problems, time management and the value of education.

The Santhwana Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Kacheripady (2352961) will give training in personality development to school children and their parents, from April 22 to 26. The aim is to reduce the strain of studying.

The Balasamskara Kendram, Aluva (2622628), too will conduct personality development classes for children from April 7 to 11. Classes will be given on good manners, first aid, communication skills, inter-personal relations, transactional analysis, learning maths the easy way and recent advances in science and medicine. Sanskrit and yoga too will be taught.

A folklore training and festival camp, `Kalikalayiram', will be held at the Sree Narayana Vidyapeetam (2775750/94470 02189), from April 6 to April 13, for children aged 5 to 15.

`Mazhavillu' (2347591/98460 13059) is organising a theatre camp for children aged between 12 and 17 at the Changampuzha Park, Edapally, from April 5 to 11. The director, Lokadharmi, Tripunithura - Chandradasan, will lead the camp. The Sanskrit-foundation course at the Sukrtindra Oriental Research Institute, Thammanam (2349563), will start on April 7.

The month-long vacation classes at the Indian School of Arts, Ravipuram, (2364943), will begin on April 1. They include classes in drawing and painting, cartoons, caricature, fabric painting, craft and model-making, pot decoration, clay modelling, metal embossing, miniature painting on cloth, glass painting, Tanjore painting and music. Some works by the students will be exhibited.

A children's theatre camp will be held at the Chavara Cultural Centre (2377443, 2377258) from April 21 to 27, for children aged between 10 and 16. A musical class and craft and painting workshop too will be held. The children's library there will be open on all days, including Sundays. A two-month French language-cum-music class too will be held.

The Ernakulam YMCA (2353479/2365479), the Palarivattom YMCA (2342585) and the Kadavanthara YMCA (2314307) have arranged classes in sports and arts from April 1 onwards. The events include basketball, chess, checkers, table tennis, roller-skating and karate. This apart, training will be given in painting, drawing, playing the organ, public speaking, leadership, cinematic dance and children's theatre.

The classes in music, musical instruments and dance at the Cochin Arts and Communications (2390215), has already begun. The Waves Musical Academy, Palarivattom (2348945), has arranged classes in musical instruments, painting, dance, etc.

The summer coaching camp 2003 at the Regional Sports Centre, Kadavanthara (2204068, 2205071) will begin with the swimming class on April 2. Other events like aerobics, ball badminton, basket ball, billiards and snooker, bridge, chess, cricket, handball, karate, kung fu, lawn tennis, shuttle badminton, roller skating, table tennis, volley ball, yoga, computer and magic will commence on April 7. Dedicated children in different disciplines will be selected for intensive coaching. A basic camp for young athletes will begin at the Kothamangalam Athletic Academy (0485-2822513), on March 31.

A two-month long swimming class will begin at the Cochin Aquatic Club, Fort Kochi (2215827, 2221398) on April 1. A 20-day roller-skating camp will begin at the Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor, under the banner of the Ernakulam Roller Skating Club (2626988), on April 1, for children up to 15 years of age.

A cricket coaching camp will be held at the Girls HS ground, Tripunithura, by the Scorpions Cricket Club (2775629/278402), from April 16.

By John L. Paul

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