KARUR: More than long hours of lecture, a cultural programme peppered with a few elegant dance numbers and songs could work magic with the audience, especially if the subject that needed to be conveyed was a bit heavy.
Voluntary organisations Gramium of Kulithalai and APAC, Chennai, conjured up such a vision for the benefit of Karur people while seeking to create awareness on AIDS and HIV by staging a cultural programme for 25 hours without a break.
With the bustling bus stand as the venue, the programme was bound to have a good audience and the message was neatly portrayed by the artistes from Guna’s No. 1 Thillana troupe.
The continuous flow of songs and dance numbers interspersed with other cultural items, always focussing on the message of “Prevent AIDS…Let’s Promise Now”, made people waiting for buses, commuters and general public curious about the issues being discussed artistically. In that the programme achieved the desired ends.
The efforts of performing artistes, numbering around 60, were noteworthy.
What was meant to be a 24-hour-programme in fact extended the schedule and ended after 35 hours. By then, the message was well conveyed – better beware or you might be forced to lead a life not sought after much.
At the same time, the programme also drove home the point that people living with HIV needed to be given their due share, and humiliation, subjugation or other inhuman treatment would not do any one any benefit.
The events included speeches, folk songs, AIDS awareness songs, social awareness numbers, drama, music programme, comedy sequences and AIDS awareness contests.
Former MLA Vasuki Murugesan honoured the artistes while District Revenue Officer Jawahar Shanthakumar presided over the felicitation function.