The Aseema Trust has been working at building bridges between traditional performing arts and education for over a decade now. The trust has also been working on peace education in schools. This year, they are planning to conduct Mannvaasanai--a mela with a difference. There will be performances, stalls for safe food, green garden ideas, recycling ideas, alternate energy ideas etc on January 30, 2013, at Valluvar Kottam, Chennai.
Many activities have been planned for this mela. The first phase of activity includes a workshop with a group of ten traditional performing artists who will be choreographing an open piece whose theme is “Sustainable Living”.
Also on the agenda is a cultural tour conducted by the Elimai Gitam group. The group will tour ten schools and do a workshop on this theme. A theatre production with one section of Class 7 of each school is planned for the morning. The whole group and the children participating in the workshop will perform for the entire school.
First, a group of students will be challenged to design a sustainability project for their school after doing audits of water usage and waste, Food usage and waste, Power usage and waste. . Three of the best, realisable projects will be showcased at the Mannvaasanai Mela.
Second, the Mannvaasanai Mela will be held on January 30, 2013, 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Valluvar Kottam, Chennai.
The mela will have performances by artists and students, stalls of ideas on safe food, non-toxic food, organic small garden ideas, recycling ideas, alternate power ideas, spinning, Tirukkural and its teachings etc.
Students from different schools will form teams. The team will be put in front of a pile of recyclable waste.
They will have to create an installation suggesting how they can be recycled. Teams will be judged on their capacity to engage with each other, creativity and sustainability.