Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

Using Art to Teach History: An Endeavour by Palace School & Rooftop to Revolutionise Learning

Interdisciplinary learning refers to the integration of multiple disciplines or subjects in the learning process. It aims to provide a more holistic and interconnected understandings of the world and help students develop a range of skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century.

Art-integrated education is a form of interdisciplinary learning that involves the integration of art and other subjects such as science, maths, and language arts. It provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their creative and critical thinking skills, as well as their communication and collaboration skills. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 of India recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary learning and art-integrated education in promoting holistic development and 21st-century skills. The policy emphasises the need for a flexible and multidisciplinary curriculum that integrates art and other subjects to provide a more holistic and interconnected understanding of the world.

NEP 2020 also highlights the importance of experiential learning, which includes art and other creative activities, in promoting active and hands-on learning experiences for students. It emphasises the need for a shift towards a more outcome-based education system that focuses on developing skills, competencies, and values rather than rote learning and memorization of facts.

 Art-Integrated Learning Takes Strides with ‘Phad se Padh’

The Palace School of Jaipur collaborated with Rooftop to participate in the ‘Phad se Padh’ initiative, aimed at enhancing student learning through art. The initiative used the traditional Phad style of folk painting, originating from Rajasthan, India, which is traditionally created on long pieces of cloth that are folded and unfolded during storytelling performances. The Palace School’s students chose the theme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ a celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from British colonial rule, and began the project in February. 

With the help of their art, music, and subject teachers, the students prepared a Phad artwork, which was created on cotton cloth using mixed media such as dyes, colours, acrylic, and markers. The artwork was approximately 53-55 x 4.10 in length and consisted of 48 blocks with seven panels of 24x54 inches each. The lyrics were in Hindi.  

The project not only helped students develop a deeper appreciation for Indian culture, but it also enhanced their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. An exhibition was held in December at City Palace in Jaipur, with 15 schools participating, where the students gave their performance. The exhibition was attended by Princess Gauravi Kumari, among other prominent visitors.  

The ‘Phad se Padh’ initiative successfully used art to provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience for students. The theme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ helped students understand the significance of India’s independence movement and the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters who fought for the country’s freedom. The project is a testament to the importance of using innovative educational methodologies, such as art integration, to enhance student learning.

Teacher’s Experience

‘Bharat ke Vikas ki Katha’ has been a unique odyssey into the world of arts-integrated learning and multilingualism-two important tenets of NEP 2020. 

The 53 feet long Phad documents some important milestones in the post-independence history of India. Teachers, students, and alumni got together enthusiastically to bring forth a stunning visual tale of developments in India in the past 75 years.  

From the Jaipur History Festival at The City Palace Jaipur to the presentation in Delhi on the occasion of World Education Day, to The Jaipur Literature Festival and We, The Women Festival at Clarks Amer...the Phad’s journey we feel has just begun.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to MSMS II Museum Trust and Rooftop for providing us with this wonderful platform to showcase a dynamic and enthralling Arts Integrated project to the world.

Teacher Name: Urvashi Warman, Principal 

Student’s Experience

‘Phad Se Padh - Bharat Ke Vikas ki Katha’- what a fine way to pay tribute to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by The Palace School.  

I ended up not only learning about the post-independence developmental milestones of our country but also learnt to appreciate the rich Indian folk arts as well. I was amazed to see the kind of research that had gone into this phenomenal piece of art which is unique as it also truly represents arts-integrated learning in the best possible manner.  

We not only covered the historical aspect but also showcased our vision of becoming the Golden Bird ( सोने की चीड़िया ) once again in the future. 

I thank my school, MSMS II Museum Trust, and Rooftop for providing this wonderful platform. 

Student Name: Simra Fatima