Mangaluru, Nov 24, 2017: A tinny drumming sound rang out loud and clear in Temple Square this morning. Curious auto drivers, shoppers in SBC and visitors to the Venkataramana temple stopped to see what was going on. Soon a small crowd had collected to see a street play enacted by students of Nalanda English Medium School.
Wearing simple costumes and minimal face paint, nearly 20 children drove home the point that cleaning up our environment has to become a priority. Chaperoned by two teachers and a few parents, the students from 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades danced and sang about how cleaning up is a communal activity and everyone has to participate.
Mrs. Manjula Janardhan, the Kannada teacher at Nalanda School, who also happens to be a stage artiste, wrote the lyrics and music. Speaking to students, it was clear that they were passionate about the subject of keeping the city clean. Pressed further, they did say that being completely eco friendly was very difficult but they were all making a start. The children said many of their friends are committed to keeping their environs clean and a lot of them had parental support too.
This street play was first performed in Nalanda School for all the parents. After the Temple Square performance, the children had plans of performing in front of the DC’s office too. It is now a government requirement in schools to conduct activities highlighting the Swachh Bharat mission.
Judging by the poor response to the play, it was clear that none of the adults in the crowd were interested in the issues being discussed by the children. “…maybe people are busy’, said an apologetic teacher in the entourage.