Films can make the difference

Faced with a herculean task of inspiring a love for history among her students, a teacher relies on various materials. Films are a valuable resource, as also popular cinema, documentaries, video clips from You Tube. Here are a few suggestions.

Comics, classrooms and the legend of Anant Pai

Who can forget Amar Chithra Katha comics and of course, Anant Pai? He was responsible for the collective foray of a generation into mythology, history and folklore. This article gives an idea of how comics can be an invaluable teaching aid. Comics are colourful, attractive, and not text-heavy. Further, children subconsciously relate comics to leisure and free time, which helps in creating a receptive mindset.

Myths and Us: An enduring relationship

In this article, the author argues for giving mythology more space in the curriculum and letting children explore what they can actually do with the stuff of mythology. It might serve the function of exposing children to philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas as well as cultural differences.

Travelling through the lens

This article takes a look at what goes on behind a cameraperson’s lens, and inside his or her mind, as an image is transferred from an experience in the present into a window to the past.

Why people’s stories matter

Oral history – recording people’s experiences and insights through their own narratives – has an important
place in building and preserving collective memory. The author engages in conversation with an archivist who speaks of fascinating stories that emerge.

Design, drawings and drums

The writer talks about several art forms and their connect with History. The focus is on the art forms—- music and dance of the south.

More than what meets the eye

The author delineates the various approaches to history and how a study of these can lead to a deeper understanding of reality.