thought apart... Galli Galli Sim Sim is a fun-filled
learning series for kids, which also focuses on the
cultural diversity of our nation and cuts across rural
and urban India.
muppets somewhat remind me of the two muppets in yesteryears'
UTV show on Zee TV - Junglee Toofan Tyre Puncture.
But you can blame it on a sponge like memory or the
fact that it was the only muppet show during my school
days when there were not as many channels to watch.
back to Galli Galli Sim Sim, so what's so great
about the show, one would ask, and how is it different?
A half hour show sans any ad breaks holds the attention
of the viewer (adults and kids alike) due to several
reasons. For one, the four vibrant characters - Boombah,
Chamki, Googly and Aancho - are just too adorable.
Secondly, the show has been interspersed with teaching
kids the Hindi language alphabets and along with the
meanings of words like 'zaruri' (important), 'chaukna'
(startled) etc. While it is not the teaching lessons
per se that catches the eye, but the difference lies
in the way in which it is taught and put forth.
example, the meaning of the basic Hindi words are
enacted by the muppets in simple ways. It was adorable
to see Chamki trying her level best to explain Boombah
the meaning of 'chaukna.' Boombah, on the other hand,
just wouldn't get what it meant despite Chamki's repeated
efforts. It finally took Googly to startle the both
of them for Boombah to realise what the word meant.
the muppets explained the meaning of one word, the
explanation of another word -- 'zaruri' -- was depicted
through an animation clip.
between the muppets' antics, a few other small animation
clips with a special message were also shown. For
example: one clip had an ant on a tree branch trying
hard to move a cube of sugar towards its nest. However
much she tried in every possible way, she couldn't
move it even an inch. Finally, she licked and bit
into the sugar cube to make it circular so as to roll
it up the branch. Problem solving is what this depicted
and showed kids a way to get around a hurdle.
Galli Sim Sim also has a segment where kids are
shown playing and dancing while learning alphabets.
The song and dance routine makes learning a fun experience.
rules are also instilled into kids through the show.
A segment was shown when the cap of a moppet, who
was waiting on a pavement, flies away across the road
due to strong winds. The moppet remembers what her
mother told her about never crossing the road without
an adult on her side. She then fetches her aunt from
the nearby house, who assists her in crossing the
road and fetching her cap.
back to the muppets, Aanchoo is seen singing songs
with the other muppets and kids, which of course have
some learning element - be it about alphabets and
the words beginning with them or be it about a simple
thing like laughter.
whole lot of messages are packed in half an hour and
a particular sequence is not stretched beyond four
- five minutes.
the whole, Galli Galli Sim Sim aims at inspiring
kids to explore, question and interact with adults,
learn and experience life as equals. The series is
also an attempt to build bridges between urban and
rural India, making learning of Hindi fun, creating
original songs, linking formal learning to informal
settings such as identifying shapes in the environment,
identifying sounds of alphabets in play and natural
life spaces etc.
Kudos to the the Sesame India team of researchers
and educationalists and kudos to the team spearheaded
by Miditech president Niret Alva and Cartoon Network
India for delivering a product as rich as this!