Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cool Cat!


Kavya's in kindergarten now and I love the fact that she's going to school. Being an avid reader myself, it's great seeing her read pretty much any book she can get her hands on (she is already devouring Level 4 'paragraph books', which are considered 2nd grade level!). She gets to learn - and share with us - new things everyday and its fun helping her do her homework. But academics aside, the thing I look forward to most each school year, is the performance the kids do as a group.

This year, with the school year winding down, the play the kids in her school are doing is called 'Wild Things'. The play has a pretty cool theme about a boy and his sister visiting the zoo at night when all the animals are supposed to be asleep. But as they get a tour of the zoo, they see that the animals are partying and having a blast.

The play, with 60 kids, had them dressed up as different animals and each group of animals got its own song and dance routine. The kids put on an awesome show. The different animal costumes made for a colorful spectacle on stage. The songs each of the animals sang were very catchy and picked cleverly(for instance, the raptors did a kind of rap song) by the teachers. Kavya was part of the 'Cool Cats' group, which had the big cats like the lions, tigers and leopards. It was really cute watching her dance on the stage in her leopard costume, as she twirled, hopped and skipped, all the while holding her tail in her hand.

With the number of parents in the audience, its a tough job videotaping the performance cleanly. Other bodies and/or recording devices come into the frame with alarming frequency as other parents stand up to take a picture or hold their camera high over their heads to record the performance. In what I thought was a great idea, Kavya's school invited parents who wanted to videotape the play, to the dress rehearsals. I went to one of these dress rehearsals and so was able to record the play without any hassle whatsoever.

The actual program is tomorrow and since I don't have to take a camcorder and watch the show through its display screen, I can sit back, relax and enjoy the show once more!

25 Comments:

At 11:27 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

BB,

US KG and 1st grade schools are pretty good in these kind of activities. I think it's time Indian KG schools take note of this and don't stop with teaching them ABCD.., 123... or rarely a few rhymes.

There are no group/team building, lateral thinking, brain building activities. It makes the child mental growth pretty much one dimensional, thats why we see children rarely adapting these days after their XI or XII grade, and needless to say few think independently, that includes me (my XI and XII experiences :)

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

man, has she grown!
Are you really surprised that she loves books? :-)

I had similar feelings yesterday when my 4 year old read her red fish, blue fish book. It is amazing to see them go through the stages. A few months back she was not even willing to try even though she had the phonetic basics.

Good luck for her performance!

 
At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Ram said...

have lots of fun at the play!
puliku porandhadhu poonai aagalaam, thapille! :-)

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

Balaji

Your Little Tigress has lived up true to the adage - Like Father Like Daughter.

Way To Go Kavya - The Tigress

What is the Tiger up to these days

Cheers
Venkat

 
At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Cool, Balaji. Nice change of pace writeup on Kavya's school play. Only disappointment, you could have honestly put up a better looking picture of Kavya than the one you have up right now. The picture is very dark by itself and I can bearly see Kavya's face. Can you put up a nicer, clearer, brighter pic if you have one? Maybe you can take a nicer one before the performance tomorrow and put it up..

Kavya, you go girl! :-)

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The outfit is very cute. Would love to see the whole play sometime. I really enjoy the fun stuff they do at schools here too. I used to have such plays in my school back in India and brings back lots of memories..man! makes me feel old too :(

-San.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Ram

neenga thappu. Puliku pirandhadhu leopard agalaam. Thapilla!

RS

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

Best of Luck!

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

Is it gonna be one of those Aalavandhan Manisha Koirala shows? 'Africa Katupulli' lol

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Ram said...

rs, leopard-ku thamizh vaartha therinjaa naan yen ipdi iruken!

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leopard = Sirathai!
Simple.
Arun

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Ram said...

Nandri Thamizhar Arun Avargale! :-)

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Arun

Nandri! :)

RS

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kavitha vukku nalla suthi podunga Balaji..
Sundaram.

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Ram said...

kinda off-topic but i decided to try and liven up a dreary pre-holiday friday afty...

here's a kiddo-quiz:

1. keerthana's bro who receives a mighty slap from maddy, acted in a hindi film...which one's that?

2. "amma nyabagam romba jaasthi aagudhu pa"-- who said this? whatz the name of the actor as well as the character and the film?!

3. janakaraj: inaiki naan kekardhu elaame nalla vishyam-a irukanum

his son: yappa yappa, namma pakkathu veetu paiyyan en thalaila manna vaaritaan paa!

name the film...

4. "chinna roja chinna roja...mull illaadha chinna roja" - name the film...

5. "paati, naan kye-a vittutu cycle ottinen...adha paathu aditya, varun, rickshawman elaarum asanthu poitaange" - whats the child actor's name?

6. "un per ena thambi?"
"baabuuu...neenga yaaru?"
"naana...unga akkavuku podanum soaappu!"
(hint: the actor's kamal!) name the film...

7. "yow, adhu nee nenakara maari ulla veliya board illaya...ulla-na annan jail-ku ulla irukuraar-nu artham!" - name the film...

...

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

srivatsan, yep US schools do a great job. and its not just in kindergarten. these performances start in preschool.

munimma, not surprised i guess. but definitely happy :)

ram, hilarious proverb. and very clever, i might add :)

venkat, tiger is just enjoying watching the li'l tigress and tiger grow up :)

sandya, since i only videotaped the perf, i had to bank on photos from the school staff. this was the best one i could pick up :)

San, i know parents usually love performances their kids take part in. but i think this one would be enjoyed by everyone. u should defly see the whole play soon :)

prin, lol. like the one from ram, very clever and situational joke :)

ram, as always, am surprised by ur memory when it comes to individual dialogs. and couldn't get any of them except ofcourse the last one :)

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Ram,
7th was the easiest - Pudhiya paathai.

3rd sounds like "aan paavam"

Random guess: Is 4th "Raja chinna roja"

6th sounds like "Andha oru nimidam"

Am sure 1 is right :)

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Babu said...

Ram,

2) Is it Keladikanmani (Vasanth fan wud probably have one of his :-)

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous ram said...

babu, yes, you are right..and yes, Vasanth fan-a irundhuttu kidz quiz-la without keladi kanmani, epdi!

bart, 7 and 3 correct. 4th wrong- its actually the start of a very melodious song, naan sonna line. a hint - sarat kumar starrer. 6th is probably the toughest and no, you're wrong. a hint- a kamal-sridevi starrer...

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger S.Ganesh Kumar said...

4th is Raja Kaiyya vecha(As Sarath was a villain in the film.)
By the way Ram,did you see the recent film Mr.Bean's Holiday?Here is the review:
1.Mr.Bean's Holiday

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger S.Ganesh Kumar said...

6th is Varumayin Niram Sigappu.(Just a guess!)

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger S.Ganesh Kumar said...

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At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Ram said...

ganesh kumar, 4 and 6 are wrong.

 
At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4) Oruvan. Music: Deva, Direction: Suresh Krissna

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous ram said...

anon, right!

 

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