1. Mute Line Up

  • Ask students to form a single line across the room, arranging themselves in the order of their birthdays (date and month only). Students should not make any sounds in order to communicate. The teacher should also communicate non-verbally where possible.
  • Once the task is completed students should reflect on how they communicated (using common gestures, signs, shrugs, contact etc).
  • Discuss the global nature of gesture and signs including examples of culturally specific and culturally ambiguous gestures.

2. Movement in Devdas

View this sequence from Devdas (without subtitles if available). This is the duo (movement/voice over) between lead performers (Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan) near the pool.

  • The nature of the relationship between the individuals
  • The sequence of emotions/ideas expressed
  • The clarity of expression through heightened use of gesture and facial expression

Invite students to discuss what they think is meant by the term 'Australian Culture'. Then have students download the refelctive journal and begin to fill in using the heading Indian Culture. Discuss this as a class.

3. Reflective Journal

Ask you students to draw up a three-column reflective journal with the following headings:
  • What I currently know
  • What I want to know
  • What I have learnt

After discussing the ways in which students might define the term 'Australian culture', students begin to fill in the chart using the heading 'Indian culture'. Discuss the outcomes of this work as a whole class.

4. 'Yeh Ladka'

View the ‘Yeh Ladka’ section from Kabbi Khushi Kabhie Gham which celebrates Anjali’s sister’s wedding.

Use 'think, pair, share’ to discuss the following:
  • The nature of relationships between individuals and groups
  • The sequence of emotions/ideas expressed
  • The use of group movement to express ideas such as the bridal party moving down the staircase
  • The use of patterns such as circles
  • The use of choreographic devices such as unison and question and answer.

Students can follow up their discussion by studying the information about gestures and movement on the ‘Bollywhat’ website which focuses on Kabbi Khushi Kabhie Gham amongst other films: http://www.bollywhat.com/faq.html#4

5. 'Dola Re Dola'

View the ‘Dola Re Dola’ segment from Devdas. This is a large ensemble dance starring Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, who have both been in love with the same man.

· Are there any similarities/differences between this and the ‘Yeh Ladka’ wedding scene?
Look for conventions such as:
- Use of group movement and gesture to express ideas / emotion;
- Use of patterns and formations;
- Use of choreographic devices;
- Use of focus/staging.

6. Practical recall activity

Following a teacher-led warm up based on simple gross motor actions in unison, students could form pairs and
  • recall gestures or movements from either of the two videos
  • respond to a written sequence of emotions/ ideas
  • develop a sequence of repetitive movements which could be taught to another group or the whole class

7. Sharing your work

Students share their work with:
another pair
· half the class
· whole class

Have the audience discuss aspects which were identifiably influenced by the Bollywood genre, then reflect their thoughts in the KWL journal.