The Activity Centre organised a talent show on 7 January for the children of Rajendranagar slum. It took place in the PU quadrangle of Christ College from 10 am to 4 pm. Around 150 children, along with 50 volunteers including the staff, participated in the programme. The main aim of the show was to provide an opportunity for the kids to bring out their talents; to provide a stage for them to perform – something that they are deprived of in their school.
The children were divided into 3 groups according to their classes: 1-4, 5-7 and 8-10. There were many competitions organized that were conducted through out the day. The competitions included story telling, fancy dress, group song, mimicry, group dance, JAM, story writing and pencil drawing. The children were encouraged to participate in a minimum of two events out of three. The response was overwhelming and it was encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the children especially in the stage events. It was the first time for many children on stage, but their performances were absolutely mind blowing.
There were a few hiccups during the programme but that did not overshadow the success of the show, considering the response of the children and the support of the volunteers. The Activity Centre plans to organise future programmes similar to this, or rather, better ones to boost the confidence and bring out the talents of the children.