A summer of fun-filled learning

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Kalakrida is being organised for the third summer and provides an opportunity to under-privileged children around Jakkur to learn skills in art, theatre, music and dance. Who knows, a new star may be born here and north Bangaloreans can contribute towards this initiative too!

For the third successive year, government school children around Jakkur in north Bangalore will participate in a summer camp that will expose them to arts, theatre, dance and music.

Jointly organized by Ahum and Sathya Trust in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Bengaluru chapter, Kalakrida is being held betweenApril 11-28. Its an opportunity for under-privileged kids to learn new art forms and tap into their interest.

“We strongly believe, an education which does not expose children to arts is never complete. Children, particularly those from the lower strata find it hard to even enroll for a formal education and never get the privilege of being exposed to fine arts for most part of their formative years,” says Anuradha Venkatraman, trustee Ahum – art, heart, u and mind.

Ahum tries to bring this much needed opportunity for under-privileged children through the summer art workshop Kalakrida.

“It is targeted at school children above eight-years-old. We have already completed two successful and thoroughly satisfying sessions in 2016 and 2017,” says Dr Annapurna Kamath, Managing Trustee, Satya Trust.

At the three-week long free workshop starting on April 11, children will get to learn through the day from trained artistes. They are also provided with healthy snacks and lunch. The workshop culminates in a performance on April 28 complete with costumes at the Jakkur auditorium with costumes and make-up, says Dr Kamath.

The Ahum foundation believes in bringing in the best artistes who share the same passion for the community initiatives and hence the teachers for the workshop are compensated for their time.  “We believe in creating lasting and happy memories for the children and we do not compromise on the quality of either their food or the logistics involved in their final performance. All this comes at a cost and it is with the contributions of our well-wishers that we have been able to achieve this for the last two years,” adds Anuradha, a well-known dancer who runs a studio.

This year, south Indian folk dance form will be taught by Vishwa Bharat; Painting classes will be led Sreelatha; Shravan Heggodu the art of puppet theatre; Music workshop by Dr. Sampada Marballi and theatre by Srinivasan Rajendran.

The three-week workshop concludes by treating the kids to a picnic. The last two editions of the workshops were crowd-funded on the Ketto platform with an aim to raise Rs 4 lakhs. This time too, the organisers raised a little over Rs 3 lakh from the platform which has just ended.

The summer camp is conducted at Satya Trust in Jakkur and its popularity can be gauged by the fact that through the day tiny tots and children of the locality are already coming over to enquire if they can enroll.

The organisers are looking for donations to run the event which can be in many ways. For example, in some apartment complexes, the societies have earmarked a collection point where residents donate art and other material for the kids.

Ahum is looking forward to donations to pay for artists and resource persons, food, snacks, water, performance day production costs, to pay towards the cost of the picnic cost, gifts for participants, transport etc.

For further details mail contact@ahum.in or call 9886334046 on how you can lend a hand.

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