ANDHRA PRADESH

Artistes send out safety message

POWERFUL MEDIUM: Burrakatha artistes performing at an awareness meet in Vijayawada.

POWERFUL MEDIUM: Burrakatha artistes performing at an awareness meet in Vijayawada.  

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Their clothes dazzled, their full-throated voices boomed and their feet swayed gently in sync with the drumbeats that synchronized with their meaningful rendition of the folklore.

It is amazing to see that burrakatha, a unique folk art that passed through the generations, is being put to effective use by different sections to spread messages that have a profound social undercurrent. Sending out an unambiguous message to the audience of nearly 100 drivers of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Krishna region, the artistes pleaded with them not to overlook fundamental road safety rules that are necessary to save lives.

The programme jointly organised by the RTC and the RTA was part of the State-initiated road safety drive that derives its name from Hindi word `safar', which means `journey'.

Do's and don'ts

The drivers had their eyes fixed on the two artistes and ears set on their resonant voices that urged them to keep away from the road rage. "Even if you are under pressure, don't vent fury behind the wheel. Don't honk incessantly for it might baffle the two-wheeler rider in front of you to lose balance and get into trouble. Handing out a list of do's and don'ts in their inimitable way, they sang paeans to the transport sector terming it the third most important sector after Defence and agriculture. "Defence personnel protect the country from enemy's evil designs and give us a peaceful life. The farmer sweats it out to produce foodgrains that feed the entire nation and the transport sector helps people stay connected," they said in unison.

The swift movement of the eyebrows reflected the artistes' changing frame of mind while raising common problems that were, most often, found to be leading to road mishaps. Pedestrians must see both sides before crossing a road, vehicle drivers should carry documents pertaining to the vehicle, always, and overtaking from the wrong direction should be avoided. Drunken driving, smoking behind the wheel and a lively chat with a colleague sitting on the bonnet could be other dangerous signals that should be done away with.

Corporation's regional manager M. Seetapathi said he intended to make the erring drivers realize their faults by having their mistakes pointed out by proficient drivers.

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