Hundreds sing and dance in this kids’ fest

Aashayein Foundation organised ‘UDAY 2012’,  an annual cultural meet for children from the city on December 16th at Mt Carmel College, Palace Road. Uday brought together children from government schools and orphanages on a common platform to showcase their talent in performing arts. A total of 230 children from six government schools and four orphanages participated in the event showcasing their talent in classical dance and singing.

While the children in government schools and orphanages are powerhouses of talent, they seldom get an opportunity to showcase and develop them. The idea is not only to encourage the children showcase their non-academic skills, but also to create a bond among them as they share tidbits about their lives.  The funds collected through ‘Uday’ will go towards various infrastructural and educational needs of these children.

The schools included Govt. Model Primary School, Behind Shani temple, Marathahalli, Govt. Higher Primary School, Dairy colony, Hosur Road, Sarkari Hiriya Prarthamika Shaale, Behind Christ college, Hosur Road, Al-Ameen Kambhal Posh School, Opp CSI Hospital, Queens Road, Sahakari Vidya Kendra School, Behind Jayadeva Hospital, Jayanagar 9th block, Kaikondarahalli Hiriya Prahthamika Shaale, Next to Total Mall, Sarjapur Road, Child Fund Association, 2nd Cross, 8th Main, Puttenahalli Palya, J.P Nagar 7th Phase, Sumangali Aashram Cholanayakanalli,R.T Nagar near Hebbal Police Station, and Karnataka Blind Association, Near Kino Theater, Sheshadripuram.

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Manjushree Naik, Director, Nupura Nrutya Kuteera Bangalore was the chief guest and inaugurated the cultural meet. She addressed the children and said, "I am really proud to be a part of Uday. I appreciate all the members of Aashayein for their noble effort and wish them all the best ahead!"

Somaiah Manavattira, Trustee, Aashayein Foundation said, "Uday provides an opportunity for children to take few moments out of their daily routine and pursue their creative energies. Over the years, we are witnessing an increase in the participation; a testimonial to the need for such a platform".

Founded in 2007, Aashayein Foundation works towards raising the aspiration levels of children from impoverished backgrounds spark an interest in education and put them back to school. In addition to offering monetary and non-monetary support, the volunteers also teach English and communication skills to over 1000 children across 12 government schools. For more, see aashayeinfoundation.org

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