All work and no play makes…

All work and no play makes…

Extra-curricular activities provide school students an opportunity to break away from the monotony of academic exertions. Several studies suggest that participation in such activities help students perform better in school and beyond. Better grades, lower absenteeism and success in later life are some of benefits associated with extra-curricular pursuits. (See Box)

City-based student group Jidnyasa has been endeavouring to cultivate the interest of students in non-school activities. Surendra Dighe who founded Jidnyasa in 1991, discloses, "Jidnyasa stands for curiosity – curiosity of new experiences. The name is derived from three words: ‘Jiddh’ or determination, ‘Gyan’ or knowledge and ‘Sahas’ or adventure. So Jidnyasa is an organisation that strives to encourage and develop the spirit of determination, knowledge and adventure among the students."

Since the last eight years, Jidnyasa has been bringing out a unique magazine called Shaleya Jidnyasa. This magazine is produced entirely by students. Everything, from editing and article contributions to page layout and cover design, is conceived and executed by students who from various city schools. The magazine is published in English and Marathi and is circulated among students in the city.

The next issue of the magazine is due in the month of November, to coincide with Diwali. To create excitement and also generate content for the issue, an essay competition has been organised. Students from across Thane district are being invited to participate in the competition. There are three topics from which students can choose:

  • "What would be your promise to the President of India?" (300 words)
  • "Which successful individual do you admire the most? Choose from the fields of education, social service, sports, science and literature" (300 words)
  • "Cricket is a national obsession. Do you like cricket. Why/Why not?" Write in 400 words

Students are also encouraged to contribute stories, poems, drawings and other interesting material suitable for publication. Entries may be sent to: SHALEYA JIDNYASA, 14 Suyash Society, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Naupada, Thane – 400602

Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities to Students

  1. Broadens horizons
  2. Promotes physical development
  3. Encourages team spirit and social skills
  4. Teaches time management
  5. uilds confidence
  6. Provides outlet for stress
  7. Teaches commitment and decision-making

Remembering an eternal soul
Noted writer and academician Shyam Phadke was one of those rare individuals who achieve immortality through their work. Though no more among us, his writings make his presence felt even today.

Last week, Phadke’s eleventh death anniversary was observed in a special manner. Unlike previous years, when famous personalities were called in to give speeches, this year his wife Sumati decided to honour her late husband by staging portions of the popular plays written by him.

The programme was held at Naupada Hindu Bhagani Mandal and the show was hosted by Makrand Joshi, son of stage actor Shashi Joshi. Portions of six different plays were staged. These mini-plays were directed by Prabodh Kulkarni, well-known stage and TV actor. Performers included stage actors Yatin Thakur, Satish Agashe, Jyotsna Karkhanis, Asha Khari and Arun Vaidya. Child-artist Vedashri Agashe captivated the audience by her solo act.

According to one of spectators, Phadke’s plays can be considered as classics. The evening was nostalgic for many who were associated with Phadke during his lifetime. Shyam Phadke, who was fondly called Bapu, was rated as one of the only two great Marathi writers who scripted truly humorous plays, the other being Baban Prabhu. He also wrote plays for children, among others.

In addition to being an accomplished writer, Phadke served as the principal of Dnyansadhana College and is still remembered fondly by all students and teachers who were associated with him. Show-host Joshi, who was one of the many students trained by Phadke said, "Phadke Sir would get so involved with his students, that they often forgot they had a teacher among them. His dedication to whatever he did was extraordinary."

Towards the end of the evening Sumati Phadke felicitated all those who contributed to the programme. As the people were leaving the venue, there was one feeling shared by most…that Shyam Phadke lives on.

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