Mangalore, Nov 15: While the tiny Avinash blew up the balloons with his newly found water colour paint, Pradeep showed his innate skill in bringing out a master piece depicting the culture of our land through some illustrations. Santhosh was at his best portraying nature surviving the onslaught of urbanization. There were many more such paintings that just indicated the enormous talent these kids had in them, but hardly had an opportunity to explore.
It was simply an explosion of raw talent of 40 odd children from Orphanage Home at Abhayashraya in Asaigoli on the outskirts of the city during a unique painting event organized by Centre for Integrated Learning to mark the Children’s Day on Saturday.
While the city celebrated with fanfare and jubilation of organizing cultural events, kids fashion shows and TV programmes, there went on a meaningful activity far away from the glitz and glamour of the media that brought smiles among the kids who actually did not have any scope to come anywhere near it.
"We have had no such programme here," exclaimed one of the children who were all excited to bring out his best on the chart paper provided to him. All the kids in unison acknowledged their talent for painting and decided to continue to try bettering their skills with the help of the small little paint box and the brush they got as mementoes.
According to the Executive Director of Centre for Integrated Learning, the event was an attempt to celebrate Children’s Day meaningfully in such a manner that it will facilitate in boosting the self-esteem of the inmates of Abhayashraya who are deprived of opportunities and in turn suffer from low levels of self-confidence. We are quite satisfied with our exercise, she added. She informed that the paintings will be displayed at an exhibition to be held on November 28 and 29 at Giridhar Rao Sanjeevibai Vrudhashrama at Kodialbail in the city.
Impressed with such an event, Jullia Roller from Germany who is on an one-year service internship programme from Germany exclaimed that such events were really necessary for the overall development of the children. It is nice that such an opportunity is being given to these destitute orphans, she added.
As part of the event, a short orientation session to the students was, conducted by S Nandagopal, former senior journalist and Convener of CIL.