Students of Mount Litera School International, one of Mumbai’s leading IB schools today performed a unique rendition of Mahabharta. The school gave a completely new account of the epic tale by showcasing it from the perspective of its leading ladies – Gandhari, Kunti and Draupadi. Following its inquiry-based learning methodology, the play aimed to imbibe Indian values in the students and showcase human frailties, character flaws and highlight follies of the great and good of society. The grand play sawover 100 students from the middle years program participate to perform this unique version of the epic tale and in the process also strengthen their roots to Indian mythology.
National award winner and director Tigmanshu Dhulia also graced the play and was in awe of the students’ performance. Students rendered the play in the form of dance and drama along with some influences of Yoga and Kalaripayattu. Directed by veteran theatre artist, Kriti V Sharma, the play was larger than life and successfully conveyed the messages of gender equality as well as the importance of rightly managing great power and ego.
Speaking at the event, head of school Ms. Mona Seervai said, “Mahabharta is an important story and has so many life lessons to learn from. At Mount Litera School International, we strive to provide our students with holistic education in an innovative manner. This unique adaptation of Mahabharta taught our students how decisions based on ego and anger lead to disastrous results and ultimately irreparable loss. Mr. Dhulia’s presence today was a fabulous surprise for the students. It really encouraged the students to put their best foot forward and we thank him for his time.”
Sharing his thoughts on the play, award winning director, Tigmanshu Dhulia said, “Mount Litera School International undertaking such an endeavor is great because it teaches children the complexity of our society. Nobody is perfect, and everybody faces conflicts while growing up. Teaching how to face to those conflicts while maintaining our values helps build a better character. I think this is a great effort by the school”
About Mount Litera School International (MLSI): MLSI, one of the leading international schools in Mumbai located in Bandra Kurla Complex offers future-ready learning experiences through the IB Methodology for children from playgroup onwards. MLSI’s mission is to ensure that all students achieve the highest academic standards of which they are capable, while being prepared to take their place as world citizens. MLSI believes that the DNA of a child’s education depends on a synergy between three key stakeholders: students, teachers and parents. At MLSI, students acquire knowledge through a dynamic learning process integrating research, inquiry and collaboration, as opposed to traditional methods of memorization and rote learning. Arts, Music, Drama, Sports and other extracurricular activities are assimilated into the program in a completely safe and nurturing environment. Together, these factors coalesce into a holistic learning experience that shapes students into balanced citizens of tomorrow.