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Enterprising: Chinnara Mela participants selling fruits in Dharwad on Sunday.
Enterprising: Chinnara Mela participants selling fruits in Dharwad on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Rangayana chief asks parents to just ‘let go’ their children

DHARWAD: Director of the Mysore Rangayana K.T. Chikkanna has called upon parents not to restrict their children to their homes, but to let them go out and discover the world.

He was speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the “Chandamama Chinnara Mela”, a children’s summer camp organised by the Dharwad Rangayana, here on Sunday.

Mr. Chikkanna said it was unfortunate to see today’s parents preventing their children from realising their potential. “They just don’t allow them to laugh, speak out, count the stars or even question things,” he said.

Such summer camps would help children develop an alternative life as well as interests. He urged parents to allow them to study subjects of their choice.

On the occasion, he released “Kelu Chandrama”, a collection of poems written by the children and edited by Mohan Nagammanavar. He said there was a strong need to identify the interests of children and encourage them.

Theatre artiste Prakash Garud released a handbook on the camp. Director of the Dharwad Rangayana, Huligeppa Kattimani, delivered the introductory address. Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture K.H. Chennur welcomed the gathering.

Play presented

The valedictory function concluded with the presentation of Kannada play “Chukki Chandrama” staged by the summer camp participants, apart from a sale of preparations made by them.

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