Street plays focusing on voters rights and the importance of exercising the franchise will be performed at various parts of the City, as part of the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) initiative.
This first-of-its-kind voter awareness campaign was inaugurated by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner M Laxminarayana on Friday.
Street plays will be performed by 12 teams each comprising 10-12 artistes. The teams in a phased manner will cover all the 198 BBMP wards in the City. “We will perform at companies, factories, near schools, commercial junctions such as Mantri Mall, Garuda Mall, MG Road, among others. The plays will be staged with the support of the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka,” said K V Nagaraj Murthy, Convener, SVEEP Bangalore.
Apart from this, rangoli patterns with messages about voting will be drawn in front of 8,000 houses in the City, starting from Saturday.
Speaking at the event, Commissioner M Laxminarayana said that the main objective of the initiative is to increase the voter turnout and create awareness on voting among the public.
The rangoli patterns will be drawn by a total of 40 people from Samarpana Samaja Spandana Sangha, an NGO, in front of households in Rajajinagar 1st and 2nd Block, BTM 1st and 4th Stage, Basaveshwaranagar, Vijayanagar, Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Malleswaram.
“Around 2000 rangoli patterns will also be drawn at various venues such as Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh, JP Park, Sankey Tank and at a few government offices. Along with this, banners will also be put up at parks.
The volunteers will be using rangoli plates to make a pattern. Rice flour, wheat flour, sugar and maize flour will be used for filling,” said Shivakumar Hosamani, General Secretary, Samarpana, adding that they aim to cover around 2000 households in a day.
Street plays will be performed till April 14 starting Friday and rangoli drawing will culminate on April 9.