About 200 children under 15 years of age from all corners of the city participated enthusiastically in the art and music day titled “save it for children” “nama gaagi ulisi” on Sunday morning.
CfB, the citizen group spearheading the “steelflyoverbeda” campaign organized the event to bring out the voice of children who suffer the I’ll effects of pollution the most and ironically have no say in the decision making. Under the watchful eye of SG Vasudev, eminent artist who made the “vriksha” the theme of his creative work for decades, the children took to their brushes and paints and canvas to reflect their thoughts , opinions and concern for their beloved Bengaluru .
Children from JwalaMukhi, made an impassionate appeal to all the children of the city to walk and bicycle to school, and ask their parents to use public transport at least twice a week.
Parents brought their children from nagawara, hsr layout, rajarajeswari nagara, sanjay nagar.
Mr Vasudev interacted with every child, discussing the motivation behind the art and giving his inputs. The collective art of the children reflected a strong emotional connect with trees and environment and we believe must be taken into consideration with utmost seriousness by the city planners. If children are championing the cause of public transport and sustainable development, adults will be persuaded and demotorization of Bengaluru is a reality we can achieve in a short period of time. Political will is the only missing piece, people are already on board as we have seen in the past month of citizen movement against the steel flyover.
Famed singer MD Pallavi enthralled the audience with a beautiful collection of songs celebrating Bengaluru , nature and children and held the audience spellbound and asking for more even after 2 hours . Ms Pallavi hoped that citizen voices and especially the children voices reach the government and especially decision makers and planners that are working on our city.
CfB members Prakash Belawadi Naresh Narasimhan, Tara Krishnaswamy, Srinivas Alavilli,
Priya Chetty Rajagopal , Feroze, Manasi Kumar, Yogeesh prabhuswamy, Peter Samson, Malini, TS Subbiah, Lalitha mohan, Padmini, and many others participated .