«Brave kids» in Ukraine: the project where children are taught by children

«Brave kids» is a unique program which gives children from all over the world a platform to show their culture and share their views, thoughts and ideas. It is the first of its kind Educational Cultural Program where kids teach and learn from kids. «Brave kids» has left a very important mark on these children’s life. The experience that had been given to the children through their host families, artistic leaders, volunteers and surrounding changed their life.

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Ukraine is proud to take part in this important project and accept «Brave kids» in Zhydachiv, the small city, located in Lviv region. It consisted of four groups: the one from India — Nanhi Dunya, Iran — Koodandonya, Poland — Świdnica Commune and Ukraine — Barvy Udecha.

Indian group

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The performance included presentation from north India which had temple stories in dance form using Sanskrit mantras, folk dances and songs from north Indian states like Punjab (bhangra a traditional harvest festival folk dance), Uttar Pradesh (kajri folk song) Uttarakhand (Gharwali pastoral mountain folk dance), Himachal Pradesh (mountain folk dance), Rjasthan (Kalbelia folk dance).

Costumes were made at home by parents and teachers. There is 7 meter printed cloth used for skirts (lehenga), plan blouse (koti), shimmering bottoms (dhoti salwar) with Indian (Jutiya) parandi and jewellery. Props were bhangra scissors batons Diya Dupatta (Long Scarf). Also were used instruments like Gong, Djambe and Damru.

Names of the artists are Sumit Sharma, Divya Chauhan, Khushi, Nancy Rawat , Purnima Kashyap, Saniya with the group leader — Ashu Satvika Goyal.

  • Mantras
  • Himachali folk dance
  • Uttar Pradehs — Folk song
  • Temple dance by girls
  • Temple dance bya boy
  • Changing image from black to colours
  • Uttarakhand Mountain dance — gharwali dance
  • Rajasthani dance — kalbelia
  • Punjabi Dance — Bhnagra

Iranian group

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Football is really popular in Iran these days, especially among youngsters. This group brought some chants and songs that Iranian football spectators sing when they are in the stadium. The songs that football spectators sing and the instruments which they use are different from region to region. Also some of these songs and their melodies root into the old traditions. Moreover, they used the potential of questioning-answering of these songs which is popular among football leaders and the spectators.

They took two regions to work out: Mazandaran (located in north of Iran) and Khouzestan (located in south-west of Iran). Some of these songs came by a traditional dance themselves and some didn’t. So they decided to put a dance related to a region just after singing a song or chant from that region. There was also Viking Clapping, which is popular among all the football spectators around the world, in the beginning of their show.

Names of the artists — Mohammad Sina Zabini, Shayan Sadighi, Sahand Sadeghzadeh, Mazdak Mirkiani, Radin Azadmanesh and the group leader — Arash Fattahi Marnani.

  • Viking Clapping
  • «Nassaji Omide Shahre Khaste» chant
  • «Yale Yalun» chant
  • «Tak Dast» dance
  • «Jombole» chant
  • «Bandari» dance

Polish group

Polish group came from the south-western part of Poland from tiny village — Bystrzyca Górna, that belongs to the Świdnica Commune. In their performance they wanted to bring the eyes of spectators closer to the region Lower Silesia where there is a cultural crucible of all the parts of Poland.

Presentation included rediscovered dances and songs Dolnośląskie. They tried to reactivate traditional local clothes coming from Jedlina Zdrój, «Bystrzyca» band presented in the Lower Silesian program «Playing music at Kurzawa». The artists sang old traditional songs and made the dance with fabrics, that was formed into the flag of Poland in the end. The performance was made by the Song and Dance Ensemble «Bystrzyca».

Names of artists are: Zaneta Kos, Natalia Stankiewicz, Laura Hubert, Antonina Mikołajczyk, Maciej Jagieło with group leader Sylwia Danisiewicz. The program included:

  • Folk dance and movement with fabric
  • Song
  • Polish folk dance

Author: Ashu Satvika Goyal

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