Rustomjee Urbania Presents The Wizard From Far West

Come witness the story of Rohan, a 9 year old spoilt boy whose encounter with the actual world one evening will make him and perhaps you – the audience reckon the virtues and importance of family in life!!

Date: August 6, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Fee: 250 INR

Age Group: 4 Years & Above

Duration: 65 mins

CALL: 98190 94929 / 98190 60920

ADDRESS: LEON’S WORLD CENTRE FOR HOLISTIC LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT, RUSTOMJEE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, RUSTOMJEE URBANIA, THANE (W) – 400 601.

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Synopsis of the play:

Rohan is a 9 year old child who wishes to be independent. One evening while he is wandering around the streets, he experiences events which make him realize the importance of family, values and virtues in life. Every time he gets into a trouble he is constantly rescued by Mandrake the Magician who uses live magic to help Rohan. The play as a whole presents the relevance of social, civic and family values culminating at imbibing kindness in children.

The story will be presented by Prudence Theatre.

Post Event blog – The Legend of Lachit

Theatre is an experience which cannot be compared to reading a story or watching a movie. In fact, studies have shown that children are able to better relate to characters, follow a story line and empathize when they are watching a play. This aspect of theatre was very clearly on display at the Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania, which hosted the play The Legend of Lachit.

The stage came alive as Dr.Pooja Jain, a Secret Passages storyteller, brought the story of the unsung hero Lachit to the rapt audience at Leon’s World. Incorporating music to add to the drama of crucial scenes; she narrated how at a time when the Mughals had attacked Assam and the people had lost their bravest soldiers, best arms, and above all, hope; a hero was born in war ridden Saraighat. Lachit Borphukhan, one of India’s real life Super Heroes, whose story of grit, wit and valour would be told and retold to children of Assam for eons to come.

The theatre at Leon’s World was almost packed to capacity as close to 50 kids and parents came to experience this novel form of entertainment on Sunday, 2nd July. Some of them had even participated in the Q&A Contest on Rustomjee Leon’s World WhatsApp Group, where parents had helped their children do a bit of research into the history of Lachit and the Ahom dynasty; 10 lucky winners had received free passes from Rustomjee Leon’s World.

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The children also actively participated in a session of reflecting on the best part of the story where they expressed themselves through the medium of art by drawing their ‘reflections’.

Rustomjee Leon’s World is making theatre a regular feature and new plays will be hosted on the first Sunday of every month. Just another way of adding to the holistic development of children – something that Rustomjee Leon’s World strives for.

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Leon’s World is committed to the holistic development of children. In keeping with this numerous cultural activities are planned all year round. Art and music are a part of the regular classes conducted at Leon’s World. Further Leon’s World will introduce children to the amazing world of theatre and plays by hosting a play on the First Sunday of Each Month – bringing a wealth of stories to life for these young, impressionable minds.

The initiative will kick off with the “The Legend of Lachit”, based on the story of Lachit Borphukan – the brave warrior hero from Assam who has the National Defence Academy’s Best Cadet Award – named after him.

The Legend of Lachit is a story of wit, bravery and perseverance and how Lachit heroically defended Assam from the force of the monstrous Mughal army. The tales of his bravery have been handed down from generation to generation in Assam. This Shivaji of the East is a name that is less known but is no less heroic and inspires one as much as Maharana Pratap and Rani Laxmibai!

The Legend of Lachit will be presented by Dr Pooja Jain, a certified Secret Passages Storyteller who has been holding story telling sessions for young children. She is also a fine puppeteer & most of her stories are woven with music.

Leon’s World welcomes all to this unique opportunity to expand cultural horizons and experience the magic of theatre. Children will also be encouraged to reflect on what they see or learn from the play through a Reflective Art Session. What better way to spend a Sunday?

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Leon’s World Open Mic: Showcase Your Child’s Talent

The one thing that most people are afflicted with is Stage Fright. Even as adults many confess to have ‘mic fear’ – public speaking and performing comes naturally to a lucky few. What is important is that children at a very young age are encouraged to go on stage and perform before a live audience. The more often they do it, the easier it will be to overcome their innate shyness and truly blossom into confident personalities who can face any audience – large or small.

Leon’s World has always been completely focused on ensuring the holistic development of children. This includes boosting their confidence and enabling them to develop well-rounded personalities. In keeping with this, Leon’s World has now initiated the Open Mic platform which will be open to all children between the ages of 3 – 15 on the 4th Sunday of every month.

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Children can come on stage to showcase their various talents, no matter what they feel like presenting, anything and everything is welcome – Singing, Play of Instruments, Dance, Recitation, Drama, Stand-up Comedy or Display of Sporting skills. Solo or in a group, all performances will be appreciated and applauded by an encouraging audience who know what it takes just to be up there on the stage. No competition, no stress, no pressure – all are winners here at the Leon’s World Open Mic.

Tea – The Brew For All Times

Tea – something that we take for granted in our daily lives. Many, countless, households start their day with a cup of their favorite brew. In fact, tea is the second most consumed drink or liquid in the world, second only to water! There are over 1500 varieties of tea in the world. It was only fitting then that Rustomjee organized a special session dedicated to this universal and much preferred brew.

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The well-appointed lobby of Rustomjee Paramount was the perfect location for a Tea Tasting Session hosted on 21st May 2007. Living up to the name of ‘My Spaces’ Sunday afternoon allowed over 60 guests the luxury of space and time to enjoy their leisurely pursuit of knowing more about tea. The tea tasting and sommelier session was planned in association with the Tea Culture of the world which presented the guests with the experience of over 12 different varieties of tea and brewing techniques. The guests were pleasantly surprised to get tea samples as gifts to take back with them as aromatic and flavorful keepsakes of the day.

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Everyone agreed that it had been the most pleasant way to spend a Sunday and even gain some new insights into this amazing drink that has so many variants. Rustomjee once again proved that it is possible to have it all – a career in the metro city, a home in one of the best residential areas and luxurious amenities as well as the ‘My Space’ in which to pursue your hobbies and interests and just Be!

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Father’s Day – Make it a Special One for the Whole Family!

There is an old adage that says, ‘a father is a boy’s first hero and a daughter’s first love,’ it still holds true today – all relationships that a child has in the future are flavoured by the one they have shared with their father. In fact, more and more studies are showing the importance of a father in a child’s growing, formative years. In fact, fathers of this generation are spending more time, almost 45% more, with their children than those of previous generations. The more involved and supportive a father is, the better the child’s development – cognitive, social, academic and the child develops a better sense of self.

Father’s Day is a special day to appreciate a father’s or a father figure’s influence in a child’s life. The idea of celebrating Father’s Day was first voiced by Sonora Dodd, in the USA, who wanted to honour her father who had brought up six children as a single parent with a lot of patience, love and sacrifice. She wanted the world to know that mothers may be the primary caregivers but fathers hold a very important place in a child’s life. Today, over a century since Sonora campaigned for a Father’s Day, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year in several countries around the globe.

Dads are usually seen as the ‘cool’ parent, the one who is less protective and encourages his kids to explore and move out into the world. A father is the one children turn when it comes to physical activities – when it comes to sports – its Dad all the way! A dad can always be relied upon when it comes to advice on tackling bullies or issues at school. Even Sigmund Freud, has postulated that the greatest need of a child in childhood is that of a father’s protection. Mentor, role model, friend, coach, disciplinarian, protector – a father has so many roles to play in a child’s life…seeing them through life’s ups and downs till the very end.

Unfortunately, most of the time, one finds father’s so caught up in the rat race and the need to be a good provider for the family, that they are left with little time or energy to engage with their children. Due to this, there could be a strain in the bond of this immensely valuable relationship.

Father’s need to make time to be with their children, if not every day of the week, then at least on Sunday’s when ‘going to work’ doesn’t demand all their time. It is no co-incidence that Father’s Day is celebrated on a Sunday! It’s never too late to start building a stronger bond with your child and there are so many ways to do it – become the storyteller at bedtime, weaving magic into their dreams, be their one man cheerleading squad as they strive to make you proud in the sporting arena, help with homework….do anything to forge that connection that is uniquely yours.

Rustomjee, the thoughtful developer, understands the importance of fathers in a child’s life. Which is why at Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania, there are not only activities that are geared towards the holistic development of a child, but also that encourage family bonding. This Father’s Day, 18th June, dads and kids can treat themselves to an amazing time at Leon’s World Centre with great activities that will make spending time together super fun! Team up with your kids for Cricket Mania, Hoop Away, Sock The Ladder, My Daddy Strongest , Minute to Win and Hit The Wicket. For children between the ages of 3 – 14 and dads of all ages, mothers are welcome too. At Leon’s World, Father’s Day is just another reason to have a family Fun-day!

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Urbania Summer Camp – The Fun Way To Learn

Summer days are for fun and excitement and that is exactly what the Urbania Summer Camp at Leon’s World presented to the children.

After the success of the Winter Camp, the kids and parents both had great expectations from the Summer Camp and Leon’s World did not disappoint. The schedule and activities had been planned in such a way as to cater to everyone’s diverse interests and also allowed children to explore different facets of the creative arts and sports. Some were one day workshops while others comprised of daily sessions for the week. The amazing aspect of the camp was the flexibility it offered with children being free to choose activities and timings as per their convenience. Family time is given a great priority at Rustomjee and in keeping with that mindset, several workshops were planned where the parents could participate with their children and bond over fun!

Right at the moment of entering Leon’s World they were transported into a world of bright colours and quirky settings that fired their imagination. The newly appointed décor of Leon’s World has been especially designed for children. From acoustics in the music room, to the beautiful stage, replete with red curtain, in the mini theatre, every detail has been planned to perfection. Every room, every niche holds something new and interesting for them, which made it the perfect setting for the Urbania Summer Camp.

There were over 100 registrations for the Urbania Summer Camp and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The interactive style of conducting the workshops was not only innovative but got the children involved and gave them the freedom to express themselves. The play Binya Ki Chatri, based on Ruskin Bond’s The Blue Umbrella, was a big hit. The Robomate and Robostormes got the children to experience the laws of science in a fun way while budding magicians were enthralled by the street magic workshops. Cricket enthusiasts got to up their game at the camp, while gymnastics made the kids more limber and provided a constrictive outlet for their energy. The musically inclined as well as those who like to boogey got a taste of the techniques involved. Budding artists not only created their masterpieces but were given a peek into art history and the styles of master artists through the ages.

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Speaking about the camp, Mr.Percy S. Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group said, “It has always been our endeavor to make living at Rustomjee an enjoyable experience for all our residents. Childhood is a such an essential and yet fleeting part of growing up that we would like to make these precious years memorable for all the children living within the precincts of our projects. We strive, through our various amenities, green open space and other initiatives, to give children and families a complete, holistic life which goes beyond the mere existential parameters. Leon’s World and the Urbania Summer Camp are one such way in which we are investing in the future – the children.”

The camp concluded with a grand finale that started with a yoga session and then went onto a showcase of Play Back Theatre. The fun wasn’t about to end just yet as Hope – An Opera of Puppets had the audience glued to their performance. This was followed by a Jamming Session by GMC and the camp had an appropriate ending with Drum Circle getting kids and to beat to the rhythm of their heart.

The best part of Leon’s World is that while the Urbania Summer Camp is over, so many of these activities will still continue. The camp was just a taste of what Leon’s World has to offer the children all year round – At Leon’s World, fun and learning are for all seasons!

A Cuppa for all Seasons!

Tea is one of the primary beverages consumed in India; go to any Indian home and chances are that the first thing offered to you will be a strong and fragrant cup of tea.

The Season’s Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons, BKC Annexe, was the perfect locale for an event that reinvented the concept of ‘high tea’. Tea Tasting and Desert Fest’, hosted on 28th April 2017, presented a variety of the finest teas from across the globe to connoisseurs of this particular beverage.

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The event was organized exclusively for those who appreciate the finer things in life, which of course, includes those who find Rustomjee Seasons a perfect residential option. Curated by tea Sommelier Meera Thacker along with the Tea Board of India, the event offered the participants the opportunity to learn more about the beverage, taste different varieties of tea from across the globe and also become Tea Sommeliers for a day.Paired with the teas were a delectable variety of desserts.

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All the participants were very appreciative of the manner in which the ‘fest’ was organized; while most were aware of the strong black tea and green tea variants commonly available, they were quite amazed to taste ‘white’ tea and other exotic variants.

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The event concluded with several participants taking photo ops at the booth especially set up at the venue. Social media was abuzz with posts regarding this unique initiative at the Seasons Lifestyle Gallery, with many awaiting the next installment.

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The Tea Tasting and Desert Fest’ served to highlight the Rustomjee concept of ‘My Space’ where residents of Rustomjee enjoy the luxury of having their own ‘space’ to pursue their hobbies, try out new activities and develop new interests outside the usual mundane activities of work and home. There is so much more to life and that is what living at Rustomjee is all about!

Summer Bliss At Urbania Summer Camp, 2017

Summer vacations are the time when children get easily bored and parents are at their wits ends to keep them constructively entertained. Summer camps come in as a lifeline and not only get the children involved in activities but also help them develop new skills and interests.

The Urbania Summer Camp, 2017, is one with a difference, mainly because of the plethora of activities it offers which are conducted, monitored and supervised by experts in their fields. The camp is of seven days (15 May 2017 and ends on 21 May 2017) but it’s influence on shaping the personalities and creativeness of the children is sure to last for a long time.

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Of course, it being the summer vacations, many would have planned for a short trip away from the city so for those who cannot enroll for all seven days of the camp, an option for attending select one day workshops has also been devised.

We present a highlight of what’s in store:
• Healthy Buddies: a Pre Primary and Primary Sports Fitness and Skill Development Program where coaches from Khiladi Connect Sports Academy will train the kids.
• Cricket Coaching: Teaching the basics of Batting and Bowling along with Fitness Drills essential to the sport.
• Gymnastics: Kids get to learn the basic skills like Pencil Roll, Front Roll, Kart Wheel, Back Roll, Hand Stand with Wall support, Egg Roll and Stretching exercises for flexibility and strength.
• Kickboxing: Kids will learn basics of self defense like blocking, dodging, stamina build-up, focus on mobility and attacking (clean shots) techniques under expert guidance of coaches from Khiladi Connect Sports Academy.
• Around The World: This workshop will cover activities like dramatisation, storytelling, local language, local food, music and dancing. It will explore different places and regions like India, Middle East, Europe, Hawaii, China. It is suited to children between 3 -5 years of age and has been organized by Hop Skip & Play
• Play with Colors: The children will get to explore Crayon and Palettes; different mediums of Colouring. iLeap will be conducting the workshop for children in the age group of 3 – 5 years.
• Art Classes: Conducted by iLeap for older children; kids learn about Artist around the world, Charcoal Art and Doodling.
• Learn Your Tenses: Kids get to learn Tenses in English Grammar. All 3 Present Past and Future tenses will be covered. Phonics Kingdom will be conducting the workshop for kids between 5 – 12 years of age.
• PlayBack Theatre: In this form of Theatre – the conductor asks questions to learn from the storyteller to have a sense of what his story is about. Rangbhumi will be conducting this interesting workshop for children in the 9 -12 years age group.
• Robomate: Robo Wizards will present kids in the 2nd to 4th grades a chance to explore the world of robotics with introductory,iKen based coding. Certificates will be awarded to kids for this course.
• RoboStormers: For older kids, (5th grade onwards) Robo Wizards will use Lego Robotics kits to conduct the program and certificates will be provided to all participants. Certificates will be awarded to kids for this course.
• Jazz: The Danceworx will teach this dance form whose steps and essential style originated from Africans brought to America as slaves!
• Street Magic Workshop: Where kids will be taught by Beyond Extremeness to do magic tricks by using playing cards. There will also be an advanced workshop where they can learn tricks using dice and other props as well.
• Binya Ki Chatri: Secret Passages Storytellers will be staging this lyrical play based on the Book “The Blue Umbrella” by Ruskin Bond.
• Lego Play: FunStation is organizing this workshop where kids get to play with Lego blocks and build structures by putting their imagination at play. Some fun one minute games will be played too.
• Gardening Workshop: Participants get to learn how to prepare soil; how to make seed bombs and learn to make and takeaway cup planters and bottle planter’s .This workshop is conducted by Lets Hug Nature and kids from 3 years and above can participate.
• Script Writing Workshop for Radio: For 12 year olds with an interest in writing and media, Roma Sanadhya will be conducting this workshop where participants learn to write script for Radio programs.

The summer camp is not just for kids alone and there are also opportunities for parents to participate:

• Yo Workouts: A combination of fitness exercises and yoga to optimise overall Health, conducted by Mickey Mehta’s Wellness Temple for all the ‘yummy mummies’.
• Compassionate Communication: Neha Lonari will be organizing this special parenting workshop to empower parents with effective communication tools on how to convey the right message to kids.
• Dance Movement Therapy for Mothers: Keisha Lobo takes this special class for mothers for expression, relaxation and meditation through dance.

While the above programs will be charged a nominal fee, there will also be some workshops which will not be charged such as the Love Circle – attachment program for mothers and babies; demo workshop for Drums and Casio; as well as provision for Origami Paper Craft, Clay Modeling, iMaths Fun and a Book Reading Corner.

Moreover, the camp will culminate in a grand finale celebration on the 21st of May, Sunday which will begin with an energizing yoga session in the morning followed by a Showcase of PlayBack Theatre, An Opera of Puppets by Magical Whispers, Jamming by Global Music Conservatory and Drum Circle by Amrut Bhat.

The Urbania Summer Camp, 2017 is sure to boast of many happy campers!

Nitty-Gritties of the Urbania Summer Camp, 2017:

Dates: 15th – 21st May 2017

Timings:
Monday – Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 12:15pm

Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development @ Ground Floor – Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane West.

Registration Fees: Special discount of 50% off for 1st 100 registrations.

Registration link: http://rustomjeeurbania-thane.in/leonsworld/urbaniasummercamp/

Call-to-action: 022-61116111

Fees: Each workshop will have different charges; some are complimentary

How to Register?:
Please visit the Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development @ Ground Floor of Rustomjee Cambridge International School , Majiwada Thane(West) between 10 AM – 3PM between Monday – Friday and meet the Coordinator/Centre Head.

Please Note: Children need to carry only water and a handkerchief/napkin. Food items are strictly not allowed

Art in The Park – Making Memories at Urbania!

It was a Sunday evening like never before at Rustomjee Urbania, where families came together to enjoy a few fun hours communing with nature and enjoying the finer arts. This exuberant event witnessed participation of nearly 200 families from Thane and other parts of the city.

The ‘ART IN THE PARK’ event which was open to all, was a time to introduce the children to the idea of being out in the open indulging in some creative activities. Amidst much giggling and laughter, the kids got their creative juices flowing as they participated in the many activities that had been specially planned for them. Parents got the opportunity to just chill, forget about their cell phones and enjoy some quality time with their kids – the parent child art workshop was a big hit and it was amusing to see the adults trying their hand at creating a masterpiece. Some in fact admitted that they had last held a paintbrush when they were in school!

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Mr. Percy Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group, said, “The philosophy of thoughtfulness and child friendliness has always reflected in all of Rustomjee’s projects. Organizing and hosting an event like Art in The Part is a part of Rustomjee’s endeavor to give families a chance to spend quality time with each other. In fact, we have also organized other such events in the past like the Urbania Summer Fest 2015 & 2016, the Urbania Farm Fest and many more activities at Leon’s World.”

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A focus on creating an atmosphere that encourages a holistic childhood is what drives these initiatives by Rustomjee. It is a scientific fact that movements like holding colours and brushes, making strokes all aid in the development and improvement of fine motor skills. Studies show art helps in thinking, creating, focusing and concentration. In addition when kids are given complete freedom in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Other than being a recreational activity, art is a medium for self-expression and plays a big role in the psychological development of children.

It was amazing to watch the children try their hand not only at the traditional colouring and drawing but also natural garden art and collage making. It was a time for being in the moment and following where your imagination led you not worrying about competitions or being judged.

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And what’s a time in the park without some story time under the shade of a tree while resting on the soft grass? We lost count of the number of kids, and even adults, who gathered around to hear some interesting tales.

For those with still oodles of energy left, there was street folk music and colour step dance to really set the party mood.

There is a wonderful vibe that one gets when surrounded by pristine green surroundings which is what the Urban Farming Zone at the Urbania is all about. It was a time of bonhomie and community and the best part was that they never wanted the evening to end!