Prajna Hegde

Arts Education

Grant Period: Over ten months

Prajna will engage her students in a process of exploring a text from the school syllabus by interpreting it through local art forms, particularly the Sannata, to consider multiple possibilities of creating performance pieces. What is interesting about this project is Prajna’s approach towards this exercise: rather than using the arts in a transactional mode as a handmaiden to reinforce the authority of the text, the project aims to engage the polyvocal form of the Sannata to open out the text to multiple meanings and valences. This exchange between text and performance facilitates a process of mutual redefinition, while enabling students to explore learning through a creative process. The resulting performance piece will be presented in two or three school venues in the cluster.