“Egypt and its history are part of the students’ curriculum and the idea behind the enrichment workshops is to revisit the subject by making it interactive and fun. Hieroglyphs is a pictographic script and conveys an idea, object or syllable. It represents what the Egyptians saw around them. We will teach participants in the workshop how to greet people, common Egyptian words like mummy, temple, pyramid and river, among others. They will get to create their own script. A quiz will also be part of the workshop,” said Bilwa Kulkarni, education officer, CSMVS.
While the recommended age group is 7-14 years, the workshop is open to people of all ages. It is part of the museum’s programme on Egypt, which includes an exhibition — Unravelling the Mysteries of the Egyptian Mummy — from November 21, 2012, to March 24, 2013.
As wearing headgear was popular in ancient Egypt and held practical, social and aesthetic significance, another workshop will focus on Egypt’s “crowning glory”. Participants will get a chance to make headgear for themselves and even pose as an Egyptian God or pharaoh.
“They will find out what kind of headgear was in fashion 5,000 years ago in Egypt and what each signified. The crowns were related to royalty and each had a history and story behind it. We will also connect it to with Indian civilisation and headgear found here. It will be hands-on training to make a crown of your choice with cardboard, waste fabric, glitter and sequins, among others. Each participant will have to explain her or his creation,” said Usha Rajaram, education consultant with CSMVS.
While ‘mummy paradox’ workshop will enable participants to create their own chants and spells, a preservation lab will enable students to understand ancient Egyptian medical practices, modern techniques of preservation and how they are a part of our daily lives. “We will teach them various techniches and which of these are relevant in our lives, like food preservation, and dry and wet preservation,” added Kulkarni.