A Rock Opera for Children in Seraiki–Nawaan Sij (New Sun)

Zoya Science School is producing a rock opera for children in Seraiki Nawan Sij (New Sun) based on the measurement of Earth’s circumference by children of Zoya Science school

Note: no school in the world has ever done so!

The title of the opera is the motto of Zoya Science school and it is painted on its banner.

The present video in 6 songs features the story of our girl-hero who wishes to know how big is the Earth (its circumference) and finds out in Zoya Science school. It covers social themes (women’s oppression, struggle, liberation), as well, mnemonics of math and science. And, introduces children to world music (Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Beatles, BonnieM, local and classical Indian), as well, world art (Picasso, Freida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Munch, etc.), soviet agitprop art, and anime and manga dancing (eventually we will have sub-continental classical dances with original choreography by Harsukh Dance Academy and/or Mitha ladies)

The songs teach properties of triangles, Pythagoras theorem and proof, heliocentrism, why seasons occur, and how Earth’s circumference was measured by Greeks (Eratosthenes), Indians (Aryabhata), scientists at Bayt Al-Hikmah and Al-Beruni (near Pind Dadan Khan).

In the opera’s finale our girl-hero proclaims in a chorus set to Ode to Joy: I know how big is the Earth. It is 40,000 km wide!
(Note: the opera progresses from dismay (present situation), to optimism (spawned by Zoya Science school), to joy (of learning in Zoya school) and ends in a crescendo of achievement promising bright future.

1st song (WOMAN) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qi9d3rIc90
The mother’s response to our girl-hero’s query is a sad commentary on the plight of women in our society (inspired by poem of Noble-Laureate Maya Angelou Woman’s Work… storm blow me from here…With your fiercest wind…let me float across the sky….till I rest again). As per Maya Angelou’s desire, in the video’s final scene you will see the mother floating across the sky.

2nd song: AWAKE (Utho!) AND HASTEN TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

Songs 3-4 set to music of BonnieM, ABBA, and dances by Equestrian Girls are math and science mnemonics

Song 5 FINALE: I KNOW HOW BIG IS THE EARTH…40,000 KM set to music of Ode to Joy

Song 6 EPILOGUE. Chorus by villagers: We will send our children to Zoya Science school. No longer will they tend the landlord’s animals. They will shape their own destiny in Zoya school.

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