With the start of summer vacations,a group of children from different schools has come out to underline the various problems faced by them in form of a 30-minute play.
Over 15 children in the age group of 9 to 15 came together to bring in a gamut of issues that directly or indirectly affect them and generally go unnoticed by the elders.
The play,which was staged on Sunday,is a compilation of issues like fear of roaming carefree on roads after the Mumbai attacks,exhausting pressure of studies,fear of punishments in schools and the sense of loneliness at home due to the busy schedule of parents.
Before putting down the script,all the children were made to think and discuss about the issues from their daily lives that have had an effect on them. There are some instances that they leave a deeper imprint on a childs mind, said P S Chari,director of the play.
Uttara Jagannath,a 12-year-old student,said: There are reports of children dying after getting punished in school or committing suicide due to poor result. While we have the privilege to go to school,there are so many kids who are forced to become rag pickers or indulge in anti-social activities. Life has become so mechanical that it has lost the human touch completely. And this is the message that we want to give out.
The drama workshop was certainly a break from the mundane routine life for the children. At times,parents are apprehensive about sending their kids for something like theatre,but there are a lot many things,such as facing the audience and confidence,that the students can learn apart from acting, said Chari.