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Anjali International Children’s Festival ushered in second day

 Bhubaneswar,Nov 16(Fast Mail)-The second day of the 16th edition of Anjali International Children’s Festival ushered in to welcome the kids from around the world. It was only after the grand opening of the previous day that the children’s planned an ample numbers of activities to enjoy but due to unwanted rain from the morning there was a sense of despair that the day might not turn out the way it was imagined before. After having breakfast at 8:15, Sruti Mohapatra, the chief co-ordinator of Swabhiman called for an emergency meeting. All the co-ordinators came to the conclusion that the rain should not dampen the spirit of the camp activities. Instead of letting the rains effect the camp they came up with the idea of celebrating the rain.

Kartik Chandra Panda, one of the old volunteers came up with an innovative idea of playing Antakshari and named it as Rain Antakshar. Nisar Ahmed, escort of Jammu and Kashmir  gave an extra mileage to the idea  and suggested a rain dance with umbrella. After that, with Mihir Mohanty’s initiative, all the workshops came under one roof. Children and their parents sat around the stage where they themselves indulged in the Antakshari.

Choreographer, Harihar Deo, one of Anjali’s old associate invited everybody on stage and brought the warmth and joy of peppy music and dance, making the sombre grey sky completely powerless to effect the fun mood of camp Anjali. A few rounds of hot coffee and tea was bustling with the music. Each of the resource person came on stage and spoke their mind.

Shaswat Joshi, the famous Odessey dancer performed a charming dance number and turned the atmosphere even more beautiful.  Usha Venkatraman narrated the story of Ghost with one eye to the kids. Sudhansu Das, performed a round of magic and illusions enthralling the kids diverting the entire mood from the grey sky to fun and laughter. Happy, the Clown came with his  partner  Luni and entertained the kids with their humorous clowning session. Shantanu Nayak added the fun with his beautiful songs. The Science exhibitors from the Regional Science park did a science magic show . By then the hustle bustle of camp Anjali was on.

In the Bhanj Kala Mandap Bioscope was inaugurated by Comd. Ajay Patnaik (retired) at 10:00 am where many students arrived to watch the award winning children movie ‘Nil Battey Sannata’.

A collage competition was held where students from Mother’s Public School, Sai International School, Stewart School Bhubaneswar, KIIT, BJEM II, Aditya Birla School participated. The competition was judged by Tarakand Parida, secretary of Lalit Kala Academy.

In the next session grandparents from ‘Silver Age’ arrived in the camp to hold an unique opportunity for the kids to interact with elder, which was fondly called Dada Dadi ki Kahani. Regional Museum of Natural History conducted a ‘Know Your Environment’ workshop with live models in one of the nice dry areas of camp Anjali which was not rain drenched.

In the post lunch session of the second day of Camp Anjali, the Classical Dance competition was held, which was judged by Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty, Padma Shri Ileana Citaristi, and Saswat  Joshi with 
 students from Sai International School, DAV Public School, Aditya birla School Hanihananda school, and children coming from different states performed. Sai International School stood first , followed by St. Xavier’s school, and KIIT International School came third.

Guruji Pragyanadji Maharaj, was in the camp for an hour to interact with the kids telling them inspirational stories and distributing fruits. I G police, Somendra Priyadarshi will be the guest of honour, for the performance of children in cultural event.


This will be followed by an Orientation and Pledge taking on Zero Waste Anjali by Narasingha Panigrahi, of SRG Pvt. Ltd. Waste segregation at source will be done by Subhakant Raut.

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