The art of self-discovery

Improv theater and creative expression

Stories form the foundation of everything we do at Puthir. With Koothu, our members become the creators of the stories and bring them to life by performing it.

They play various roles, from play writing to directing to acting to composing, bringing in all their skills and knowledge together to collaborate and create in one of the most powerful mediums known to human kind.

On stage, when they overcome their inhibitions, when they find a characters voice, when they seek to find the meaning of the role that they are playing, they find themselves.

Creative brains need many hats

Creating a play involves a large amount of work. True to Puthir's principles, it involves multiple disciplines. As educators, it offers us a rich playfield suited for autonomous learning and creative expression. Here are a few roles and learning outcomes for the participants in Koothu.

  • Playwright

    • Storytelling
    • Creative Writing
    • Organization
    • Vision
    • Empathy
  • Storyboarder

    • Artistry
    • Design
    • Imagination
    • Visualization
    • Communication
    • Perseverance
  • Director

    • Leadership
    • Confidence
    • Execution
    • Team building
    • Goal setting
    • Vision
  • Performer

    • Expression
    • Empathy
    • Confidence
    • Improvisation
    • Ownership
    • Perseverance
  • Composer

    • Musical sense
    • Vision
    • Originality
    • Perseverance
    • Leadership
  • Technician

    • Ownership
    • Decision Making
    • Improvisation
    • Visualization
    • Prototyping
    • Execution
  • Critic

    • Empathy
    • Reasoning
    • Judgement
    • Argumentation
    • Persuasion

To sum it all up…

Staging a play is a tough task. Usually children are tasked with just the performance aspect of a play. At Koothu, using a full-on improvisation as part of the coaching methodology, we guide the children to take ownership of the entire production of the play from start to finish, taking on one or more roles in the process and working as a team.

Taking inspiration from Puthir's Kathai Vidu sessions and Knool readings, experimenting on creating comics, storyboards and improvisational plays during the solvers club sessions, Puthir members get into creation mode at Koothu.