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A Promise

On Children’s Day, A poem for all our lovely children by Simmi Vasu

What do I see in you, my son?
I see, our future and our country’s young.
The future which would be bright and gay
Where narrow minds will have to give way.

Yes! It will be a new dawn,
Of literacy, equality and oneness among all.
Where people will not die of hunger,
Each one would get his due for labour.

Each child would go to school one day
They will not be buried in soot and clay.
Each girl will proudly stride,
For a better life and future bright.

Your world will be free of scams,
Where politicians and leaders will not be shams.
Where knowledge and integrity will be the true powers.
Not money or muscle power.

You will be our guiding light
A leader with a heart and insight.
Proudly will you lead us afar,
And remove these faithless scars.

For my child, now I am old and bitter,
Of this uncouth, untrue dance of our leaders.
Oh! I cannot bear my motherland crying,
A slow and painful death, she is dying

The country today needs you, my son.
It’s children like you who have to take the plunge.
Lead us to that Promised Land.
Promise me son, you will take that chance.

Simmi Vasu


Theater Arts for Holistic Development (TAHD) – My Way Forward

Thanks Shilpi Mayank-Awasthi for giving me the opportunity to present the webinar on November 9, 2022. Theater Arts for Holistic Development (TAHD), developed by Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, is my way forward with LIFESMART. TAHD provides a blueprint for implementing LIFESMART. TAHD is a design tool that shows how we can design learning experiences to enhance daily Learning (L), discover and nurture Interests (I), enrich Family (F) interactions, and enhance Engagement (E) with the community.

As mentioned in my presentation, I am currently doing my certification in TAHD. Enabling parents to use TAHD to analyze and design experiences, and to find the right experiences and resources for their child through RASA is my interest and focus.

Today, Ananth and I had an opportunity to attend the annual day of the sloka and value education class organized by RASA Arpita, Chennai. Now, I use the TAHD framework to make sense of any learning experience. As an example, I look at today’s performance and student learning leading to the performance through the TAHD lens as follows:

I. Theater Arts Tools

I think about how the five theater arts tools of TAHD are used in the experience. The five tools are:

  • Movement and dance
  • Music and rhythm
  • Storytelling
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts

Sloka recitation, storytelling, and drama were the tools that I noticed during this performance

II. The Four Modes of Expression

  • Angika (movement/ nonverbal)
  • Vacika (speech/language)
  • Aharya (costume, props, setting)
  • Satvika (expression)

All four modes of expression were evident in the performance.

III. The Four Es

  • Exploration
  • Experience
  • Expression
  • Enjoyment

The exploration of the students for the whole year created learning experiences that culminated in a performance that created enjoyment for the perfomers and the audience.

The LIFESMART 100-Day Lab

The LIFESMART 100-Day Lab is one project that I am implementing to support parents through my TAHD journey. Please send me an email to if you would like to join us in our explorations!

Dr. Ambika Kameshwar. 2006 Theater Arts for Holistic Development. Ramana Sunritya Aaalaya Trust.