CHANDIGARH: The Chitkara College of Education at Chitkara University, in collaboration with the Chitkara International School, hosted the versatile Indian theater and film actor, voice actor, photographer and teacher. Boman Irani in an online master class entitled “Learner’s Perspective – A Narrative of an Exceptional Artist”. The insightful master class was led by Dr. Niyati Chitkara, headmaster of the Chitkara International School, wonderfully moderated and directed with the aim of teaching prospective and working teachers from the perspective of the student. Boman Irani, popularly known for his pioneering selection of roles such as “Virus” in 3 Idiots, a rigorous doctor, JC Asthana in Munnabhai MBBS, as a brutally honest news broadcaster in PK etc., shared his remarkable journey from humble beginnings to glorious goals.
After the cordial exordium of the moderator, the event saw the “Insightful Bit” segment, in which the speaker shared his perception ideas from the perspective of the learners with all prospective and part-time teachers. The speaker also shared his learning experiences as a learner and shared considerations that could very well become part of the teacher’s toolkit. His teaching experience after COVID Online was also reflected on for further insights.
Irani remembered the old days and told viewers about his transformation from a boy with mathematical dyslexia, who stammered and was nervous about people, to a successful artist and teacher. He also shared his mantra of “self-esteem,” with which he traversed his journey over the years and built his confidence. He emphasized that teaching is like acting and advised educators to use art and drama during class to keep learners busy during personal or online classes. He also suggested adding flavors of humor, humanity, identity, empathy, and personal experiences during class to improve the overall teaching and learning experience.
Answering Dr.’s question Madhu Chitkara (Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University); What was his impression of the teachers’ brotherhood when he played roles like Viru Sahastrabuddhe and Dr. Asthana played, he said that he had the greatest love and respect for the fraternity of teachers. He has now become a teacher himself, and today’s session was his 100th lesson since the ban began. He taught screenwriting to 80 to 85 students a day to give something back to the film industry.
When asked about advice for teachers who suddenly switched to online tuition due to the COVID 19 outbreak, he replied: “He firmly believes in adaptability and leaving comfort zones. We as teachers have to do the same and accept every challenge that we face. “