Village fair came alive in Kanakapura Road school

"India is a land of villages" – is an oft repeated statement. But how many of us living in cities can claim to know about our village life and its culture. It was to address this issue that Sri Kumaran Children’s Home organised a Gramothsava at their Mallasandra Campus on November 12th to celebrate Children’s day in a unique manner.

Images from Gramothsava at Sri Kumaran Childrens Home.
Pic: Sridhar.C.R

The entire campus looked like a big village fair with visitors treated to various facets of the tradition and culture of village life that is still prevalent in Karnataka. Visitors savoured the traditional village food along with the display of Karnataka’s rich traditional heritage.

Dollu Kunitha, Pooja Kunitha, Somana Kunitha, Virabadra Kunitha and many more dances were performed with great energy and enthusiasm by folk artistes from Ramnagaram and Kanakapura as they put their best foot forward. Children were delighted to see the Peacock Dance and other dances. The highlight of these dances was the performance of a small boy who balanced a pole deftly on his head even as he danced and matched step for step with his seniors!

Deepa Sridhar, Principal – the brain behind the event, explained that she wanted her wards to know about our culture in general and Karnataka in particular and hence she had arranged for this show. And what a show it turned out to be! It was attended in large numbers by students and parents who soaked themselves in various cultural activities. The adults became nostalgic as they played games like Bugiri, Lagori etc. Not to be left behind, children participated in various events and also in many activities like Kite Flying, Tug of War, games like Kho Kho, Kabaddi etc. They were also treated to interesting puppet shows. There was also a mini village shandy or santhe where toys, pottery and vegetables were sold. To complete the picture, there were amusements for children like merry-go-round etc. Amidst all the din, students promoting non-violence were also heard singing Gandhiji’s favourite "Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram…"

The event concluded with a display of colourful fireworks as all the participants dressed in colourful costumes went in a procession around the sprawling campus. One wished that this fair had lasted for at least a couple of days more!

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