Thursday, July 21, 2011

A thought for forests and nature


indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express

KOCHI:� To propagate the message of nature conservation, ‘Mazhavillu’, a children’s theatre group, will showcase its new play ‘Chipko Chipko’ on July 24. Organised by Lokadharmi and Changampuzha Cultural Trust the play will be staged in Changampuzha Park, Edappally, at 6 pm.

Based on this year’s World Environment Day message — Forest, Nature at your service, the play was developed by the students during the summer camp. “The play is based on the lives of the 363 Bishnoi women who sacrificed their lives to protect trees in 1773.

“This is an attempt to make children aware of our culture as well as social realities that exist in our society,” said Shirly Somasundaran, director of ‘Chipko Chipko’. The protests by the Bishnoi women against felling of trees to build King Abhay Singh’s palace is considered the first attempt by women to safeguard trees in history. The play is set against a Rajasthani background. ‘Mazhavillu’ was officially inaugurated on December 15 with a premiere of children’s version of ‘Charandas Chor’.

‘Mazhavillu’ has produced many plays, including B V Karanth’s ‘Panjarasala’, ‘Chandrasekhar Kambar’s ‘Alibabayum 40 Kallanmarum’,  ‘Bommanahalliyile Kinnara Yogi’, based on the poem by Kuvempu which was designed and directed by Chandradasan, Rabindra Nath Tagore’s ‘Mughdhadhara’ and Arun Puthezhathu’s Tom and Jerry both directed by Sudheer Babu and ‘Girl in the Photograph’ written and directed by Shirly Somasundaran. The plays were performed in various festivals in Kerala and also in New Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Students from Government High school, Edappally, Vidyodaya School, Thevakkal, Government Girls High School, Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir and other schools who are with Mazhavillu will participate in the play.

Courtesy: The New Indian express .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photo here is darling!!
Break a leg!

July 21, 2011 at 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, "Anonymous" is me, Lissa, in California.

Have a wonderful show--those children are beautiful!

- Lissa

July 21, 2011 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger kunjan said...


July 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Deise Puga said...

My best wishes for success!!
They are lovely!!!!!!


Deise Puga

July 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous amrutha shastry said...

all the very best for your play sir...

-kinnara jogi

July 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Paul Mathew said...

As important as the play itself and its message, will be the experience of the children from different schools and backgrounds, working together as a collective. I am sure this will add great value to their growth and development. Great work, as always, dear Chandradasan !

July 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

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