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From IQ to Multiple Intelligence


The concept of Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory has been around since 1983. To reiterate, it suggest that the traditional notion of intelligence based on IQ testing alone is limiting. The progress of an individual in a traditional setup seems to depend on this perception of intelligence. It is becoming clear as we move away from the notion of IQ that, given the right environment and encouragement, every individual can achieve his/her true potential. Gardner says, the goal for a society at large “should be to develop intelligences and to help people reach vocational and avocational goals that are appropriate to their particular spectrum of intelligences. People who are helped to do so, [he] believe[s], feel more engaged and competent and therefore more inclined to serve society in a constructive way.”

So what smart describes you best? Are you Word-smart, Logic-smart, Picture-smart, Body-smart, Music-smart, People-smart, Self-smart, Nature-smart, Spiritual-smart?

The more I understand this, the various possibilities of addressing learning challenges is mind boggling.  It is the answer to address all the labels of ‘learning disabled’ or someone with and ‘attention deficit disorder’ or any other ‘underachiever’.  The same concept can be learnt in so many different ways. Each student learning it in a method that is his/her strong hold – by listening, by reading, through pictures and visual aids, hands-on experience/activity, by discussion, by analysing statistics,  etc. This is not only useful to address the shortcomings of our current education system, but also for an adult to lead a complete life. The theory gives us a whole new way to look at our lives, examine potentials and look at possibilities that can be developed at any time in our lives.

From a personal experience, be it a deeper understanding of myself, or interacting with people, or facilitating a life skills workshop at a corporate house or a similar one for children, I have begun to understand this concept at a more practical level. We seem to be born with a higher level of one or two kinds of intelligences from the above group, but that does not mean that we are a zero at the others. It is just the percentage that varies. Our basic nature mostly remains the same, but depending on what we are doing at different phases of life, there may be variations. If it is important to our current context, we could still work towards what we may think is our weak point, but through a method that is our own strength. For eg: I always thought I was bad numbers. Struggled with it through formal education, and basic calculations made me go into a brain freeze. But there was one place I loved numbers – when it was to do with classical music & dance! Here the numbers became my best friends – so much easier since the medium of my learning was through Music and the Body’s natural sense of rhythm. Once I experienced this, I could comfortably deal with numbers in daily life and the brain freezes are few and far between 🙂

The examples are endless! We will all find such examples if we delve deeper.

The Possibilities through these examples, theory, practical approach into actual Teaching Methodologies is what we aim at as part of this Community Engagement initiative of NaVaRaSa.

– Shridevi

Pic credit: http://adorofejeva.blogspot.in/

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Play is the highest form of research



Despite all efforts to make learning effective, a big percentage of education still relies on teaching methods adopted during the industrial revolution, that of passive one-way instruction. In the knowledge era the efforts to make it interactive, using multimedia does bring in better assimilation of information. But it still remains passive after the initial fascination for the gadgetised environment wanes. It still caters to individuals who are already good listeners and those with a good amount of visual intelligence. What about the rest? How do we bring out the best in them? How do we PLAY that? Is there a one-can-suit-all formula for the game?

And when I say education, I dont only mean in schools and colleges. It is meant to encompass learning as a lifelong process. Right from when parents try to teach their kids a way of life they think is right, to the tutors in the education process, to the workplace where new skills have to be acquired and so on, the learning never ever stops.

Which part of the learning do we enjoy most? That which is told to us or that which we learn by experience? If nothing comes close to learning by experience, can we wait to experience everything? If that is not practical, is a simulation of the experience the next best way? Here is where we can PLAY with the methodologies and hence understand the learning.

As part of this process, we at NaVaRaSa have chosen a few tools that are up our alley and experiential in nature – Music, Dance, Theatrics, Fine Arts, Yoga & Martial Arts, Visual Media, Culinary Arts, Linguistics and Earth Sciences.

The experts in the fields come together for more depth and breadth on the subject on this forum.

A work in progress like all good research must be….stay tuned.

– Shridevi

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We are on a sabbatical

ImageChange being the only constant, NaVaRaSa – Koramangala – Bangalore is undergoing a change to accommodate to the changing scenario. There are currently no activities on at NaVaRaSa at its Koramangala venue. 

Having said that, we will continue to keep this online forum alive alongside Facebook, etc to support our off-Koramangala studio and off-Bangalore activities.

We will also continue to give you regular updates of what our past and present partners and teachers are upto.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Wishing all of you a whole lot of music, dance, and Art in your lives!!

– Shridevi

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Recycled Art workshop at NaVaRaSa, Koramangala


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Navaratri hand painting Mela @ NaVaRaSa, Koramangala

The Products exhibited will include saris, dupattas, Kurtas, Wall painting, Lamps, etc. Customers can place orders for the same with the artist. Products will be exhibited the entire 2 days on 13th and 14th. Interaction with the artist will be from 3-5 pm only. About the artist – https://navarasa.co.in/partners/priti-shanbhag/

The demo class will be from 3-5 pm walk-ins for a period of half an hour for each person. This is to get an idea of what it entails. This is open for all, free entry. However an RSVP to navarasa.mail@gmail.com will help ensure we plan the material required better. Also can join the event at Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/events/279087715541436/

The first workshop is planned for the Dussehra week in Warli painting. Registrations for these can be done on 13th or 14th by paying a token amount of min Rs. 1000/- (Payable by cash/cheque/bank transfer)

Dates and timings –
Oct 17,18,19,22,23. 3-5 pm (Total 10 hours)
Batch 2:
Oct 20, 21, 27, 28, 3-5.30 pm (Total 10 hours)

Participants will get to learn a full book of warli figures , objects, vegetation, animals and 2 compositions (one taught by the artist and the other to be created by the student with guidance). All material is provided by us. 
By the end of the workshop you take home:
1 painting a canvas board of size 12″×12 “
1 cloth runner

Cost of Workshop including material – Rs. 3900/- (An introductory price, pls note)

Age group – Above 10 yrs (Combined for all participants above 10 yrs)