Breathe easy in the warmth of art – The New Indian Express
Express press service
CHENNAI: The third wave has subsided. Life returns to where we last left off. The children are back in school, busy making up for lost time preparing for the dreaded Council exams. This mother of all ratings is a strange phenomenon indeed. The preparation process is a journey of self-discovery. You realize that with the right training, you could qualify to be a superhero/heroine because you see yourself surviving, without sleep or food, in a half-zombie state, and yet reeling out mathematical equations and chemical formulas. This is also the time when your family goes through panic attacks, as if the fate of the universe depends on your performance. No matter how many decades later, settled or not, you’ll still watch this phase in bewilderment, wondering how you lived to tell the tale.
This twice-in-a-lifetime event (if you don’t have arrears) even changed our landscape. One look down our streets and you will see tuition centers that promise the best exam results, proliferating everywhere, pushing their way into educational models. A morning stroll at 5 a.m. will reveal dozens of students, wide awake and walking or cycling to their respective training centers, while the fading night sky battles with the rising sun. This, in turn, has a profound effect on institutions and academies that offer regular or weekend art classes to students. Once exam fever sets in, attendance is normally low. However, entering ninth grade ensures that art lessons become completely forgotten chapters. Art competitions too, which would normally have drawn huge crowds given the mega prizes up for grabs, had virtually no entries when Council exams reached a significant distance. Parents who normally accompany their children, proudly carrying home the mixie or pillow won by their offspring in these competitions, are ready to abandon this winning moment of glory to focus on the uncrowned kings of all academic subjects. .
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. All stressful conditions need respite. Today, every company wishing to proclaim its New Age corporate philosophy has specially designed activities, where employees are herded onto the company bus, taken to a resort or beach house, and taken to relax. laughing together, playing games that had been relegated to childhood memories of birthday parties and annual school sports days, and most of all, bonding outside the confines of the office atmosphere. Business gurus guarantee an abundance of energy to return to chaos with renewed vigor, if these methods are employed.
When an adult’s need to take a breather is duly recognized, then why are children pushed to the brink and forced to spend all their hours poring over textbooks? Sign your child up for a weekend art class, if you haven’t already. An hour or two a week devoted to creativity and the development of the tender imagination will do wonders for a child’s mental well-being. Try it and every child will skate through the Big Boss of all exams – LIFE.