Celebration of raw talent

JOYFUL CELEBRATIONS marked the culmination of a successful free summer camp for slum children organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) last weekend.

More than 200 children were given a chance to show what they had learnt during the two-week Culture Camp in the temple premises, at the Talents' Day on Sunday.

Kannada actor Sudeep, who gave away prizes to the children at the end of the show, proved to be a big draw at the function.

The children displayed their talent during the programme which included folk dance, classical dance, Carnatic music, art, and drama. Looking on were their proud parents.

Chanchalapati Das, organiser of the programme: "We are overwhelmed by the response received for the summer camp this year.

Although we initially planned to accommodate only 120 children, persistent demand from parents forced us to increase the limit to more than 200. The cost of organising the camp worked out to Rs. 1.5 lakh."

But the people at ISKCON feel the money was well spent because the children who participated in the camp were otherwise most neglected in the fast-paced city life.

The children had never before seen a facial makeup of colourful costumes.

"With support from well-wishers we hope to organise a much larger camp next time," said Mr. Das.

The theatre was packed with teachers and parents of these children, besides devotees visiting the temple who were amazed that children with very little training could put up such an impressive show.

By Satyamurty K