Vociferously voicing their serious concern over the indifferent attitude of people towards City’s burgeoning traffic woes, Class III students of Mallya Aditi International School, literally took to the streets.
The students, who, as part of their social science class, were taken on a short tour of the City, staged a street skit at Rangasthala — Rangoli Metro Art Centre, on Mahatma Gandhi Road, to draw the people’s attention on the need for better traffic management and strict adherence to road rules.
Impervious to the hurtling traffic speeding by, and din of high decibel honking vehicles rushing past, the students, lobbed impromptu posers at the bystanders watching their act, seeking answers from them. The adults, taken in by the children’s adeptness with their act, were simply stumped for answers, when the children asked them pointblank: How do you feel when you are struck in a traffic jam?
Enthused that their play succinctly drove home the message among those who saw them in action, Akbar Mohammed, said, their objective of creating awareness had been successful. The students also enacted another act on the disappearing lakes, which threw light on several marquee infrastructure projects that were eating into precious lung spaces of the City. When one of the actors asked: Why do we use lake beds for construction?
It was ironical the repartee had to come from none other than Kiran Rao, son of G Madhusudan Rao, GMR Group Director: For commercial reasons.
According to their class teacher Sandra Kunder, the idea for the street play originated from one of the topics — “Bengaluru”, part of their curriculum. They identified two major concerns — traffic and disappearing lakes. The children themselves came up with lines, while the teachers stuck to tweaking it in the end, Kunder explained.