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Brush with social issues, meet with governor
- Schoolchildren enjoy Children’s Day at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and Raj Bhavan

Nov. 14: Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra has always been a favourite place for children, but today was a special day as kids of all ages assembled there in their best attire to celebrate Children’s Day.

A very vibrant atmosphere prevailed in the Kalakshetra as the children waited with bated breath to participate in various activities organised for them.

The most interesting part of the programme was the go-as-you-like competition in which several children in colourful costumes posed as different characters. They tried to highlight important issues like dowry deaths through portrayal of different characters and won the hearts of the audience.

“I participated in the go-as-you-like competition as a fisherwoman and showed how to catch fish,” exclaimed a young girl today.

About 300 schoolchildren from eight schools assembled in the Kalakshetra to participate in a colourful programme organised by the state directorate of information and public relations to celebrate Children’s Day.

The programme was formally inaugurated by the state information and public relations minister, Basanta Das.

The event comprised different competitions on extempore speech, go-as-you-like competition and musical chair for school students from kindergarten to Class VII.

While the musical chair competition was meant for students of kindergarten to Class IV, the extempore speech competition was meant for students of Class V to Class VII.

The go-as-you-like competition was, however, open to all students.

“I came to participate in the extempore speech competition. Though I did not win any prize, I am glad that I learnt a lot about various topics by participating in it. The other programmes were quite interesting too,” said Sujata Baruah, a Class V student of a school in the neighbourhood.

“We organised competitions in different categories for schoolchildren to celebrate Children’s Day today. The first three winners in each category were presented cash prizes of Rs 1,000, Rs 700 and Rs 500 . We received an overwhelming response from children who enjoyed to their heart’s content,” said an official of the state information and public relations department.

The school wing of the Brooklyn Public School and Junior College also organised a colourful function at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here to celebrate Children’s Day.

Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik urged children to read the Ramayan, the Mahabharat and biographies of great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru on whose birthday Children’s Day is celebrated every year.

He also told the children to be proud of belonging to this state which has a very rich culture, history and tradition.

“Children should dream of what they want to be in life. They must strive to develop IQ. The children should try to inculcate the good qualities of great men by reading their biographies which will provide them an insight into how they can contribute for the good of mankind,” Patnaik said.