KB 35 Theatre Based Learning

a human resource newsletter KNOWLEDGEBEANS

issue no 35 | June 2011

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Theatre workshop is an unconventional approach, which involves lot of high energy, creative activities prodding the participants to think out of the box and experience new behaviours’. It is a great medium for catharsis where one is able to diagnose the root cause of displaying certain unhealthy behaviours. It then becomes easy to implement the learning in day-to-day life and make interactions more meaningful. While doing activities like script and character building, creative performing participants learn important team functions like collaboration, dealing with conflict, how to adopt an open-minded approach, etc. My own experience of conducting theatre workshops is that people open up very soon and audience engagement is very high. People are at their natural best and not the formal best; that’s when they can learn differently.

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Maithily Bhupatkar

MOVEMENT BASED TRAINING Maithily Bhupatkar is a dancer by passion and profession. Maithily has over 15 years of experience in the classical Indian dance form – Bharatnatyam - and over two years of training in contemporary dance. Along with a strong foundation in the art of movement, Maithily also has a Increasingly, employees are expected to manage change, deal with unpredictability and navigate themselves through chaotic environments. Traditional training methods are enabled by visual aids that engage employees at an intellectual level. However, in recent times, innovative approaches to learning have been developed, primarily to focus on more holistic learning methods. Movement Based Training (MBT) is an experiential and an innovative approach to learning. It engages employees not only at an intellectual level but also at physical, emotional, social and cognitive levels, thus making learning and the experience more powerful.

formidable background in the art and science of human behaviour, having acquired a master’s in industrial psychology from the University of Mumbai. She also has work experience in human resources in the IT sector, specifically in the areas of behavioural training and talent management. learning disabilities to adults with Parkinson’s disease and eating disorders; all have benefited from this form of therapy. Currently, however, MBT is widely used to reduce stress as it provides a vent to an individual, which is non-verbal and intrapersonal with an elaborate effort to stimulate not only the mind but also the physical body. It provides an opportunity for self- expression and enables individuals to explore the capacities of one’s body to encourage creativity and physical stress release.

Movement has always been an inherent part of our existence. As children, we move to explore the environment. However as we grow, our movements are primarily functional and related to a task at hand. We also develop perceptions about our individual bodies and restrict non-verbal forms of expression. The mind and body are intricately connected and there has been immense research on the benefits of healing the mind through our bodies. Movement experts believe that the way we move is a symbolic expression of our thoughts and feelings and enables oneself to delve into his or her unconscious processes.

Since its inception in the 1940’s, healing through movement has been applied to various age groups and categories. Children suffering from autism,

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