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Saving earth:Students of the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls at Nadakkavu in Kozhikode participate in a theatre workshop on Sunday. —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
Saving earth:Students of the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls at Nadakkavu in Kozhikode participate in a theatre workshop on Sunday. —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

: Students of the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls at Nadakkavu in Kozhikode will present a unique dance-drama in the last week of September at the Tagore Centenary Hall. As many as 125 students under the banner of ‘Butterflies’ theatre group will stage ‘Kilippechu’ (bird talk), the theatre interpretation of the book ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson. A theatre workshop to sharpen their talents for this venture was held on the school premises on Saturday and Sunday.

It began as a simple programme of the National Service Scheme Unit of the Higher Secondary School to help their friends who did not have a permanent roof. One thing led to another and before they knew it, the whole school was planning a programme of epic dimensions with 69 actors and 51 dancers on stage.

The NSS unit had only plans to construct houses for some of their friends under the project ‘Koottukarikkoru Veedu’ (A home for a friend). They decided to stage a play as a fund collection programme for the project. Later, the school authorities felt they could make it bigger by organising a theatre workshop for the students.

The one-and-a-half-day residential workshop is being held under the tutelage of Suresh Mechery of the School of Drama, Thrissur. The other members include MLA and writer-director Purushan Kadalundy, actor-director Kareem Das, writer-director Sibu Moothatt, Vijesh K.V. of the School of Drama and director M.C.Santhosh Kumar. Yogacharya Kunhiraman led sessions in Yoga for the 69 participants at the camp.

Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’, hailed as the bible of environmentalists, has been chosen for the show on the 51{+s}{+t}year of its publication. The show is scripted and directed by Sathish.K.Sathish.

The plan is to get external funding for the project by creating awareness of it as well as the causes of environmental degradation, said Principal of the Higher Secondary School K. Jaloosh.

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