Kala Utsava –Press Note

Posted on November 10, 2016

A usual lazy Sunday morning for most of the Bengalureans, but quite the contrary for 400 children from community of migrant laborers, surrounding apartments and schools gathered at Utkarsh Park, near Vibhutipura lake, L B Shastri Nagar, Bangalore on 6th November 2016 to celebrate “Kala Utsava” which is the first programme in the series of proogrammes and activities to be organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Inclusive Play Space and Universal Child Rights Day on 20th  November 2016. Inclusive Play Space is a project visualized by Bhima Sangha, the first Union of Working Children in Asia, and supported by The Concerned for Working Children, a not-for-profit secular, democratic development agency, Herman Miller Cares and the neighboring local residents associations Vikas LakeTeam and Utkarsh to claim public space by developing a safe, inclusive and lively play space for all children without any sort of discrimination. . It is an endeavor to develop play space having inbuilt structural design and equipment that caters to the needs of all children especially the most marginalized ,and to dilute the psychological barriers between privileged and unprivileged through organizing various activities in the form of arts, culture, sports, ecofriendly events etc, in collaborative manner. The plan, design and implementation of the inclusive play space have been fashioned in a consultative and participatory manner to accommodate the views and the needs of all segments of society especially children, children with disability and the elderly.

Children with glittering eyes reflecting huge enthusiasm took part in dance, music and painting events facilitated by professional artists and expressed their thoughts in creative and innovative ways. Another activity “best out of waste” gave children an opportunity to learn recycling technique to make paper. Volunteers from PES University’s Students Responsibility Club and local residents provided support to all the facilitators.

The end of this event saw many of them sporting a happy smile, and leaving with a sense of accomplishment. Clearly a day well spent!!