There seemed to be no end to the number of questions the children wanted to ask veteran actor Madhu. Questions on his days in the film industry, his role in the historic movie ‘Chemmeen,' and his reactions to the present trends, they wanted to know everything. He might not be their ‘superstar,' but they surely wanted to know a lot more about their ‘parents' superstar.'

The interaction with the thespian was part of the 10-day summer camp ‘Mambazhakkalam' organised by the Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar inaugurated the camp, in which as many as 80 students from across the city are taking part.

Ten-year-old Devi Nileema is all excited about her trip to the Pattom Palace, and has already framed the questions that she will ask the head of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma. “Was he able to enjoy his childhood days when his brother was the ruler of this area,” Devi wants to know. Her friend, 11-year-old Gauri, is more curious about the wealth that was unearthed from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple recently. “I want to ask him if he already knew about the amount of wealth amassed in the vaults,” Gauri said.

At the camp, there was excitement and discussion among the participants about the upcoming trip to Thenmala and their visit to the children's theatre Rangaprabhath at Venjaramoodu. Many were eagerly awaiting sessions where they would get a chance to interact with Minister for Sports and Cinema K.B. Ganesh Kumar and sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman. The camp starts with yoga sessions for an hour, followed by interactions and classes with experts from the fields of art, science, and literature. A few lessons on topics such as traffic rules and lifestyle diseases are also held to drive home some messages amid all the fun and frolic, R. Rajapushpam, coordinator for the upper primary section, said. The camp ends on May 11.

Keywords: summer camp