Our locality which comprised of 30 homes or less 2 decades ago has turned into a full-fledged layout with over 200 homes and families. Back then, a group of young , energetic and enthusiatic minds churned out an idea - A youth Association. Basically we (the entire locality folks) meet once a year and spend a day with lots of fun.A lot many faces have come and gone in these years, but the enthusiasm remains.
This post is all about the cultural activities we organize every year in our locality. Ahhh!This year the day started off with the routine pooja followed by the games for elders - Uncles and Aunties (as we refer them as), concurrently running painting and essay writing competitions for kids. Dumb charades followed by Antakshari for youngsters. There was fun everywhere. A stress free day between the stressful life was what I had been waiting for and la here it was.
Lunch was a balance of masalas - Bisi bele Bath ,curd rice and the special delight - mysore pak.
Evening was a mix of performances where the performers ranged from tiny tots to grandpas - all performers are from our locality.Ain't that great? Fancy dress competition for the cutest of the lots - tiny tots. One kid dressed as a poojari, another as a rajasthani, if one went ahead to be called a barbie, another called himself a christian bridegroom, Beauty queen to Baby lord kirshna. It was an amazing moment to have them all on stage - First step to get away of the stage fear. Trust me I have gone through all this and experience speaks.
A sequence of dances which had a variety in itself - radha krishna's Natkat to Kannada and Karnataka's heritage, Peppy numbers like Shakira's waka waka to the latest tunes of Sandalwood(Kannada movie world is know so). I enjoyed every bit of it.
There was an on the spot program for all the kids going to KG classes. An elderly uncle portrayed the role of Hindustani Santa Claus. He asked the same set of 5 questions to all the kids - What's your name? What's your mother's name? What's your father's name? What's your grandmother's name? What's your grandfather's name? Looks simple and silly , but yeah if you don't believe it half of the kids did not know their grand parents names.
Each kid was asked to do one thing of its choice. The kids who told the names of their grandparents recited a sloka or a rhyme and the majority of the rest sang a recent Kannada/ Hindi song or danced to those tunes. No offence to any kid or parent here. But how much time do each parent spend with the kid in a day especially in nuclear families? What values are they inculcating in them really matters. Not dwellimg much into this, on the lighter side, the show was indeed awesome and rib tickling. I was laughing at their wits and creativity. Superb are their talents. They are the building blocks of future.
The fun continued. A small skit to bring the awareness of kannada and how its being exploited in today's world was put up. It was hilarious and really an eye-opener.
(ನಾನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಲೇಖನವನ್ನು ಯಾಕೆ ಬರೆದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದರೆ, ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಹಿರಿಮೆ ಎಲ್ಲಡೆ ಹರಡಬೇಕು ಎತ್ತರಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಟ್ಟಬೇಕು,.. ಅದರ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ)
Yet another mini-drama performed by the evergreen artists of our association was more than mind blowing.
The day concluded on a note of thank you to all who made it possible this year and promised to keep this going on forever.
That was pretty much for the fun ,last weekend? What's in store for next?