Looking at the boisterous procession that laughed and danced to the sound of drums at Jayanagar here on Sunday, one would think they were heading towards something more rewarding than upma, kesaribath and coffee. In fact, they were members of ‘Nage kootas' or laughter clubs in the city, celebrating World Laughter Day.
Dressed in colourful costumes and armed with banners, the 300-strong procession went from the Ganapathi temple at Jayanagar 4th Block to H.N. Hall, Jayanagar National College. It was led by professor P. Sadashiva, State president of the Karnataka Laughter Yoga International Clubs.
Passers-by stopped to watch the entertaining tableau of people dressed up as Bhima and Kempe Gowda, complete with resplendent costumes and swords, a lady on a horse, decked up in royal attire, and dancing girls.
Resounding laughter echoed through the streets.
A cultural programme followed. Home Minister R. Ashok, Mayor Venkatesh Murthy and Deputy Mayor L. Srinivas were present.
“Laughter makes life beautiful,” said Mr. Srinivas.
The programme began with dances by students of Sri Natyashwara Nruthya Shala.
A play titled Upma had people rolling with laughter. Penned by humorist M.S. Narsimurthy of the Padmanabhanagar Laughter Club, the play was a satire that revolved around the simple upma.
Gynaecologist at Fortis Hospitals Ltd. Parimala Devi, who goes to the J.P. Nagar laughter club said, “Happiness can prevent stress and depression. Laughter doesn't cost anything. I feel happy just by looking at someone laughing. It is the best medicine for our stressful lives.”