Hyderabad

Children bat for protecting heritage

Children from the Government High School, Bandimet perform a street play called Bachao, Bachao near the Qutb Shahi tombs complex on Saturday.

Children from the Government High School, Bandimet perform a street play called Bachao, Bachao near the Qutb Shahi tombs complex on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

The Qutb Shahi tombs complex was taken over by schoolchildren on Saturday morning. If children from one school ended their heritage run at the tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah, children from another school performed a street play to raise awareness about the need to protect Hyderabad’s heritage.

The unfinished tomb of Mirza Nizamuddin Ahmed served as the perfect backdrop for the play performed by students of Government High School, Bandimet. Called Bachao, Bachao (save, save), the play was a take-off on how we are destroying our heritage by scrawling names and ignoring them. Sanjay, a class VIII student, banged the drum and a bunch of children in uniform rushed in and performed a short play. A drama, where a boy named Golu writes his name on the wall of a monument and others shame him for destroying heritage. Then, instead of scrawling their names, the children hit upon the idea of taking to social media with #HappeningHyderabad.

“We were thinking about performing this play to raise awareness about destruction of heritage at either the Golconda Fort or Qutb Shahi Tombs complex. We chose this location as it is more easily accessible,” said Vanitha, who was part of the team that coordinated the play.

But before the play, there was drama on the sidewalk. “You don’t want to write your homework, but you want to write your names on the walls of these monuments,” shouted a teacher. “You have done exactly opposite of what we are here for,” another teacher shouted and called out two girls who had scratched their names on the walls.

A little before that, about 300 students of Glendale School had a heritage run from the Golconda Fort which ended at the tombs complex.

Later, standing near the tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah, the students took a pledge to protect heritage.

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