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Pick of the week: Learn a new skill this summer

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-05-2017 Sohini Sen

As temperatures soar and school vacations near, consider enrolling children for workshops. From painting and puppetry to photography and cooking, there is something for everyone. 


Let your children take their first steps in the kitchen through “Summer Experiences”, a science and cooking class by educator Rukmini Das and chef Anjali Ramaswamy. The hands-on course will showcase the direct application of scientific approach, as used by Harvard University’s Science and Cooking online course. The six-week course will focus on techniques such as papillote, sous vide, smoking and working with ingredients like cheese, mango and chocolate.

Children experimenting in the kitchen..

“How heat can change a substance, including food; how salt reacts to various objects, etc.,these are all based on science. Through this workshop we will teach children to not just cook, but also to observe and experiment. Each week we will look at a new concept. For example, one of the weeks, we plan to do a Book Tasting Club where children will cook recipes from their favourite books,” says Das.

The Summer Experiences workshops will start from 22 May at 492, Sector 27, Gurugram. Children above age 8 can choose to do a one-week course or the whole six-week programme. Fee, Rs3,000 for a week-long course. For details, call 9650129400.


If your child has an artistic bent of mind, send him/her to Iteeha’s workshops. Iteeha is hosting 3-hour workshops on Malaysian Batik, Gond painting and multicolour tie-dye techniques. Founded by Sredun Medhora and Ritika Jhunjhunwala, Iteeha specializes in getting artisans who practise traditional art forms to urban spaces with the aim of raising awareness. The workshops are conducted by these artisans.

“We want to create more awareness of the art forms and children usually take an interest in them. For example, Gond painting doesn’t require anyone to be good at painting. They can draw something from their everyday lives, in an almost-animated format, use a base colour and bring it out by using patterned lines and dots,” explains Jhunjhunwala.

The workshops will be held from 23-25 May, 3-6pm, at Artisans’ gallery, 52-56, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda. Fees vary. Open to 10 years and above (for Malaysian Batik and tie-dye) and 16 years and above (for Gond painting). To register, visit


Does your child want to be a storyteller? A puppet-making programme might interest him/her. Friends Raju Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt, experts in traditional puppet-making and puppet theatre, are offering a 10-day workshop that will teach children how to use waste material, socks, balls and sticks to create puppets. 

“For the first five days, we will focus on creating the actual puppet. The next few days, children will learn how to manipulate or move the puppet through sticks or strings. And finally, on the 10th day, they will perform puppet theatre which would be scripted and organized by them, depending on the characters they create during the workshop,” says Vikram.

The Puppet Summer Camp for Children will be held daily from 15-25 May, 10am, at Lahe Lahe, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Open to the 7-15 age group. Tickets, Rs6,500 available on

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