The winter sun was out, and so were 56 kids along with their little siblings and parents. They all came to Puttenahalli Lake on this pleasant Saturday morning to listen to Gitanjali Sarangan (Geetu) and her team - Anagha, Sasha, Damroo, Akshat, Arun and Manasa (from Snehadhara Foundation) spin a yarn based on a story "Who Owns the Water?" by Deepa Balsavar.
["Who Owns the Water? is one of the stories in the book Water Stories from Around the World, published by Tulika.]
Raj (from Music for Soul) came with his guitar and got everyone in the mood to swing and move. Geetu and team did warm up dances and singing with their musical instruments and the stage was all set to bring the story out.
After a brief real story about Puttenahalli Lake by Sapana, Geetu took the children and the adults along with her into a world of words, songs, enacting, jingles, screaming, jumping, moving, swirling, twirling, and what not. The adults loved Shantaram, Mahalakshmi and Chakarapani, while the children loved making noises of water, frogs, cows, boars, prinias and more!!
The message of the story was that the water of a lake belongs to everyone and not just one person.
Sapana talks about Puttenahalli Lake
PNLIT's OP Ramaswamy gave a vote of thanks to Snehadhara and everyone and asked if PNLIT should organize more of such sessions. Of course, everyone wanted more.
We sold PNLIT magnets, wristbands and keychains to the kids while the adults wondered why not have these events for adults too!
And we keep the PNLIT boat rowing and moving and hoping that more new faces will join us in these events to spread the idea of taking care of our neighbourhood and its resources.
Reported by Sapana Rawat, PNLIT volunteer
Pics by OP Ramaswamy, Nupur Jain