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Traditional:Girls gather to perform the ‘Gobbamma’ dance at Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir as part of Sankranti celebrations in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Traditional:Girls gather to perform the ‘Gobbamma’ dance at Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir as part of Sankranti celebrations in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

An entire village celebrating the harvest festival was shrunk to fit into the small premises of a school in the city and the participants were also proportionately sized.

The tiny tots of Sri Kapila Gopala Rao Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir from pre-school to Class II dressed up as village folk lived the lives of farmers on the fields, elders sitting at the village centre (Rachabanda), some at the temple as priests, some as old women blessing the kids with Bhogipallu. You name the scene in the village during Sankranti and it was there.

The well-tutored children turned up in their finery donning dresses and fake whiskers indicating their age. The children understood the scene they were enacting and brought out the essence of the situation with their performance, principal of the school K Jagannatha Rao explained.

Some 120 children of the school trained for nearly 15 days for the performance here on Thursday, headmistress G Suryasri said. The festivities had a temple, a hut, a grain silo, women grinding grain, few others husking paddy, some involved in Go Puja, some others threshing grain, there was a group of tiny tots dressed up as old women chatting at a well while drawing water. In another place these women gathered to make delicacies for the festival.

A group of girls danced around the gobbemmalu, while another group danced to a simple song. There was another group of students which performed Chakka Bhajana while another group came dressed up to perform the vigorous Tappetagullu.

Proud teachers and equally proud parents went around the festivities and participated in the celebrations.

Tiny tots of Krishna Vidya Mandir depict farmers in the field, elders at the village centre, temple priests and old women blessing children with ‘Bhogipallu’

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