The arts at Manthan Valley are seen as an effective and powerful medium for self-exploration, self-expression and a tuning in to the inner self. In the performing arts, theatre and music assume special significance. With resource persons trained from the National School of Drama and other reputed schools of drama, theatre activities at Manthan Valley are designed to inspire originality and provide a platform for creative expression and exposure to the skills and art of theatre.
Music at Manthan Valley is a celebration of the wide range of musical instruments and styles found in the Indian sub-continent. Children are exposed to the finer nuances and subtleties of a variety of musical sounds and rhythms. Each child is encouraged to sing, play and participate in a range of music related activities to discover their inner talents. Performing arts also include mime and dance. Talented resource persons
and teachers may be arranged to teach a variety of dance forms. These would range from tribal and folk dances to classical Indian dances. Dance to us is perceived as a medium of bodily self-expression and an aesthetic tool to
channelize physical energies.
Fine arts include drawing, painting, etching, calligraphy, clay modeling and sculpture. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of media. Designated activity areas provide space for children to utilize the available facilities several times during the week.
The school’s location in a serene and beautiful nature creates a natural, pollution-free environment for children to grow up in. During their stay here students are encouraged to explore the surroundings through walks and hikes in the nature and its surroundings.
An evening gathering of the whole school, described as astachal, would be held whenever the weather (and the mosquito population!) permits. Students sitting together and observing the evening sky changing colors have an opportunity to examine their thoughts in quiet reflection and come upon a quality of silence.
Bird-watching would be a regular activity for interested students. The school houses an institute for bird studies and natural history that runs a correspondence course that is well-known all over the country.
Sports and Games Major field games like cricket and football, as well as throw ball, basketball, tennis and badminton would be taught and played. Regular physical exercise would be conducted in the morning, and an annual athletics meet provides a focus for the development of athletic prowess and talent. Though we do not take part in any organized competitive sports, plenty of challenge is provided through coaching camps and invitations to outside teams for matches in various games. We also send a few teams to other schools for friendly matches.
Music and Dance would be offered as an essential part of curriculum for all students. Vocal music in the Carnatic style, Veena, and Violin
lessons are given by well-qualified teachers. Classical dance would be taught along with folk dances of India. A piano teacher would visit
the school every fortnight to coach a limited number of students with the talent and the drive to work independently. Senior boys and girls would also enjoy an evening of western folk-dancing on the weekends.
BaLA (Building as learning Aid): As the construction work of the main building would take another 3 – 4 years. So we are aiming to use BALA elements as part of our infrastructure.
BaLA means using the school building to facilitate learning. This means the school building is so designed or painted that the students enjoy being in the school. Whether it is colourful walls, with motifs, designs, illustrated stories, cartoons, mathematical puzzles or swings and rides made of tires in the school playground, or a ‘stapoo’ on the floor, every nook and corner of the school can be used effectively to give joy to the students and help them understand difficult concepts.
The concept of BaLA has been introduced ‘to create a pedagogically meaningful environment for children in the interior and exterior’. In contrast to the limited display of charts on the wall, BaLA elements have the flexibility of using the whole school building as its canvas.
It has the potential to use floors, walls, ceilings, doors, windows, grills, corridors, and even the playground as a learning aid for the
students. It gives full freedom to the teachers and the students to use their creative ideas and make the school building an attractive,
meaningful and effective tool of providing reinforcement of the classroom learning.