Theatre Activists from the K V Subbanna Ranga Samooha Theatre Group and Nada Chavadi Theatre Group Yesu Prakash Heggodu, Prasanna Hunasekoppa, Shreepad Bhagavath Chikka Honnesara and Gurumoorthy Varadamoola played a pivotal in conducting the sessions by creating engaging and interactive events tailored for the school children via song, dance and theatre.
The interaction between theatre activists and students resulted in the staging of a short play that was rehearsed and enacted by the participating children for the entertainment of invited parents and other guests on the final day.
Environmentalists Subbanna Aneguli and Akhilesh Chippali; well known Kanada writer Na. d’Souza; critically acclaimed theatre actor and thespian C. R. Jambe; regional forest officer Jayesh; and notable members of local seniority gave talks and slide presentations about local flora and fauna, and also discussed pressing environmental issues with the participant groups.
The Kannada dubbed version of the internationally acclaimed film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, which is a telling narrative of the existing threats to the environment, was also screened during the proceedings.
Following the workshop the same children now entitled ‘Green Ambassadors’ have continued to engage in community led activities, for example, they initiated on their own accord, a Tree Planting Drive in August 2016:
Following the Environment Awareness Workshop in June 2016 SARA Centre’s programs have already begun showing some positive results. The participating students were invited to ask questions that came to their minds as a result of what they had learnt during the workshop: