A three-day festival Aahwan organised under the joint auspices of Culture Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, and UNICEF concluded at Ravindra Bhavan premises on Thursday. In the first session of the programme, UNICEF expert FA Jami on the subject of ‘Continuity of Education and Child Development’, and UNICEF’s social policy experts including Wash Officer Narendra Singh Chauhan and Pooja Singh delivered speech on the subject of water conservation and discussed social development goals.
In the second session of the programme, two plays were performed. The first performance was the play ‘Nirmal Nirmal Betiyaan’ under the direction of Sindhu Dhaulpure in which the importance of education of girl child and the need for continuity of education has been depicted artistically and emotionally.
In this story, there is a live depiction of discrimination against girls in education. The drama depicts the importance on the education of daughters. Navya’s grandmother playing an important role in the drama, having conservative ideology towards Navya’s education.
Other family members encouraged her towards education and then Navya becomes a doctor and saves life of her grandmother. The attitude of grandmother changes when Navya saves her life. The writer trough this drama tries to attack on many types of conservative thinking developed in the society. In the struggle between old and new ideas, a daughter Navya and her mother Sudha’s efforts to ensure the continuity of Navya’s education and success forces the audience and society to think towards a new direction.
The second presentation was the dance drama ‘Nadi Main Tumhe Rukne Nahi Dunga’ under the direction of Nupur and Ishita. In this dance drama based on water and environment and cleanliness, the poetic presentation of the importance of water was mind-blowing. Man is the voice of reassurance of the society towards its mother river. Here is an Indian proclamation in front of the global menace of water crisis, which is nurtured by our culture and practices. This dance drama shows the behaviour of the public towards the promotion, conservation and cleanliness of water and
inspires to change the behaviour for water, environment and cleanliness in the future. Umesh Tarkaswar’s music direction made this performance melodious one.
In this three-day programme, more than 700 students including girls and boys from five Government Arts Colleges of Culture Department, 6 Universities of Bhopal participated in Comic for Change and Art for Change workshops. Their artefacts were exhibited here for all three days.
Director, Culture Aditi Kumar Tripathi, Assistant Director, Ravindra Bhavan Vandana Jain, Social Behaviour Change Officer Monika Mourya were present on the closing ceremony of the programme.