About Deval Mehta
Born and brought up in Surat, I did my education in Lourdes Convent High School, and followed it up with a BSc Degree. Since my early days, I have been interested in Dance, music, dramatics and communication. A wish to contribute to education and development of others developed as I went along and now forms the real focus of my work.
Children excite me. Being around them fills me with a sense of and purpose. Joining the education system was the obvious and natural choice for me. At various schools in Surat, I learnt the skills of co-ordination and interaction with children and parents and how events are organised. I learnt the dynamics of children’s education at Kangaroo kids’ school. Thereafter, I was associated with Fountainhead pre-school since the days of its inception. The journey further took me to Anand Niketan School and Vashisht Vidyala and the conceptualisation and initial setting up of Tapti Kids in Surat.
My inner love for communication and dramatics still continued to develop while managing all aspects of these pre-schools. I travelled to Mumbai and Pune and got trained with the British Council and other institutions in the teaching of Speech and drama to youngsters- and Giggles was born.
Giggles is a happy place where cheerful youngsters come and learn the art of speech, storytelling, public speaking and dramatics. Many of these students also appear for the Trinity Guildhall and other examinations for public speaking and communication skills. Most of our students excel in debate and drama competitions at school. “The Giggles way” is unique because children of similar ages and needs are out in the same batches. In addition to classes on speech and drama, giggles also has special batches for students who wish to improve specific skills like reading, writing and grammar.
Learning happens in many ways at Giggles- as students practice for various performances and competitions, they get to interact with each other- with children from different schools- through our well researched material, students develop a deeper appreciation of Literature, the arts and of course Indian and western tradition and culture through the stories they narrate, the mono-acts they perform, and the dramas they enact. Then, they get a chance to showcase what they have done at various forums- competitions held by Giggles like the Storigination and street plays written and performed by students at various public places during the Ganesh Mahotsav are two such examples.
The beauty and pride of parents is watching their children perform on stage, and for giggles is the Annual concert called YOUNG MANCH. All students are deeply involved in the writing and creation of the acts they perform on stage, in front of their parents and friends. Themes of plays and other acts performed on stage at Young ‘Manch’ range from Indian Culture to Western Literary and poetic. The event is fully conducted by the students of Giggles. For many parents, it is the first time they see their child performing on stage!
The idea of Young ‘Manch’ is simple- to encourage creative communication and free thinking amongst children. With times changing, it is our responsibility that the youth of tomorrow is made ready to be a well-rounded individual. Young ‘Manch’ is a step in that direction and for Giggles, it’s a daily act.
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