20.9.17

10 Things to Do this Week (September 21 to September 27, 2017)

1. Workshops
Mumbai
Go UNESCO Make Heritage Fun! is conducting a workshop that teaches people how to share their local heritage with the world. Participants will be taught how to take pictures and share them on social media.
Date: September 24, 2017
Age: 10+ years

New Delhi
India Habitat Centre has organised a month-long stop motion animation workshop on every Friday and Saturday.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 12+ years
Call: 011-43662024/ 09350874962
E-mail: visualartsgalleryevents@gmail.com

Bangalore
Learn karate with Ken-Ei-Mabuni Shito-Ryu Karate School of India, which is affiliated with GCAISKA, Sports Karate Association of Karnataka. Students will be trained in self defence and also given an opportunity to participate in state, national and international competitions.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 6+ years
Call: 09945242310
E-mail: heartandsoil20015@gmail.com

Pune
Team Heart & Soil has announced the dates for its upcoming Tiger Trai Ranthambore. Travellers will be taken on three jeep safaris and through the core and buffer zones of Ranthambore National Park.
Date: October 13 to 17, 2017
Last Date for Registration: September 30, 2017
Age: 6+ years
Call: 09820857710/ 09819923115



2. Read a Book

My Father is a Hero by Nishant Kaushik
(Age: 10+ years)
‘My Father Is a Hero’ is the story of Vaibhav Kulkarni, a single father, and his daughter Nisha. The book takes you through Kulkarni’s journey and struggles as a father and the beautiful relationship between father and daughter. The book also highlights Kulkarni’s dreams and his love for music.  Published by Srishti Publishers and Distributors and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It
Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid
‘Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid’ is a children’s movie directed by Nila Madhab Panda. The lead roles are played by Lehar Khan, Krishang Trivedi and Harsh Mayar (winner of the National Film Award for best child artist). The movie revolves around Shreya and Sam, two city-bred children, who travel to their ancestral village in Haryana. On the trip, the duo encounters many adventures and unravels many secrets. The film has been nominated for the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and has also won the MIP Junior Kids Jury Award at Cannes, France.

4. Learn Something New
Geocaching
Geocaching is a worldwide high-tech outdoor treasure hunting game that takes children to unusual and interesting locations where fellow participants have buried a treasure. To play the game, one needs to log on to the website and then hide a small waterproof box containing a few varied bits and pieces, a logbook and a pen or pencil at specific locations called geocaches. Geocaching is a fun activity for adventure lovers. Over 5 million people play the game and there are over 2 million geocaches hidden across the world. To play the game log on to www.geocaching.com

5.Log On
Switch Zoo is a fun website that lists information on animals. 

The website lets you play games like match the sound to the animal, guess where the animal lives, scavenger hunt and more.

The website also has information on the six biomes and lists of the animals and plants that live in each of those regions.


6. What's New
Funvention 's DIY Chariot 
Funvention has brought out an interesting build-it-yourself kit called ‘Da Vinci Chariot’ that has been inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s scythed chariot and Bahubali’s chariot. The kit can be used by children of various ages—while the younger ones will enjoy building the chariot, the older ones will learn the basic working principles behind it. The kit is an interactive way of learning science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It can be bought on Amazon.in


7. Pay It Forward
Protsahan
NGO Protsahan works towards empowering adolescent girls. It teaches these girls vocational skills by helping them create cushion covers, designer earthen lamps, terracotta jewellery and so on. Through its ‘Project Educare’ more than 300 slum students of west Delhi have been admitted to class 4 or 5 of government schools. It also conducts workshops on gender and sexual violence and child abuse. A few years ago, United Nations Women Singapore and MasterCard Foundation chose Protsahan as a training partner to create 100 creative slum micro entrepreneurs and train them to become artists, filmmakers and community teachers. To lend a helping hand, you can intern or volunteer with Protsahan. To more know, log on to www.protsahan.co.in or e-mail info.protsahan@gmail.com

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Anguloa Uniflora 
The Anguloa uniflora or ‘swaddled baby’ is a tulip orchid. The flower has a unique shape and resembles a baby wrapped up in white swaddling. The flowers have a very strong cinnamon like scent and are waxy in appearance. 

Depending on the species, the plant has flowers in two colours greenish white or yellow to red. There are 13 species of tulip orchids, including four hybrids. Other hybrid tulip orchids are bred by horticulturalists and do not occur in the wild.


9. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Damphu 
Originated in: Nepal
Pronunciation: dam-foo
The damphu is a doublesided disk-shaped drum topped with leather and a long wooden handle. This
musical instrument is native to the Tamang community of Nepal and resembles a tambourine. The drum has been named after Nepal’s national bird. The skin on the drum is tightened and held in place by 32 bamboo sticks. Sometimes it has a mobile metal bird attached, representing the national bird. The 32 sticks symbolise the Buddha’s 32 physical symbols.



10. Bit by the Travel Bug 
Place to Visit: Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Islands 
Situated on the south coast of Havelock Island, Andaman, Radhanagar Beach has been rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. The beach has white sand with perfectly coloured blue waters that are lined by a lush forest and palm trees. The beach is 12kms from the island’s ferry pier. Some of the other notable beaches close by include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijay Nagar Beach on the east coast. Kalapathar is another famous beach here. Radhanagar Beach can be reached by flight and ferry.

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