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Music, mobile and a message

Twenty-five young boys and girls joined hands to speak about the hazards of e-waste through a creative arts performance at Science City.

Ode to a cellphone, a unique mix of dance, drama, music and comedy, was the first performance of the Create to Inspire project.

An initiative by Nokia, the project saw nearly 60 “fellows” aged 18 to 25 take part in a series of workshops and brainstorming sessions under the guidance of mentors. The programme is aimed at creating innovative social action platforms for judicious consumption and management of water, energy, transport and e-waste.

Ode to a cellphone tells the story of the ills of keeping a spare cell phone at home through live music, theatre, dance, installations, photography and stand-up comedy.

“It was team work and we were all working towards the same goal. Work was divided in such a way that everybody had a role to play. Our mentors have also worked hard along with us,” said Avishek De Biswas, one of the fellows.

Paramita Saha of Arts Forward described the performance as “a fine example of how creative art can build innovative social messages”.