“Karuna!”

Last week, I had the novel experience of watching a group of kids performing a serious theme – kiddie ishtyle.

The theme in question was animal sacrifice – very serious, and certainly not the kind of thing you can throw together and hand over to a grown up audience, wrapped and bound, in a matter of minutes. Not without making it sound terribly trite and conscious.

Admittedly, members of the Karuna Club succeeded in their effort to make it a meaningful piece.

It’s a rather young club in terms of its members, but it’s been around from 1999. The Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adyar, began it as an initiative to spread around values of compassion towards animals, and that’s what they’ve taken up as their motto. They put up exhibitions and performances every January for a fortnight. The school even prohibits wearing leather shoes. [I saw the students walk about with rubber slippers, both on rainy days and otherwise.]

The brief skit they played out on 16th November was helped along by two narrators who managed to push along the narrative without making it sound like they were making huge speeches, and the rest of the cast spoke their lines with a good deal of feeling – throwing themselves into their performance. The little kid whom the “parents” adopt in the end, especially, stole the show.

What with Chettinad Vidhyashram putting up Vaali Vadham and Ten Commandments, and the Karuna Club giving shows on AIR, kids these days are filled with dramatic flair. Aren’t they?

2 Comments so far

  1. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    I read a report and saw a bill board about a 9 year old – Kishan – directing a Thamizh movie


  2. Vidya Ganesh (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    I agree with you completely. The current generation children are extremely talented.:). And not just that. They also have the best facilities and opportunities to nurture and showcase their talents. :).

    It is indeed very heartening to note that schools are trying to inculcate great values such as sensitivity, compassion, love and non-violence in children.



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