Popular singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit inaugurated the camp with his performance to an enthusiastic audience
Chinnara Mela, the much-anticipated summer camp in the city organised by Rangayana, a theatre repertory, got off to a colourful start in the city on Sunday.
The camp over the years has received overwhelming response from children and parents as this summer camp promises these young lads 30 days of fun and frolic, food and friends – something different from the mundane school activity.
Children cheered in delight on seeing singer Raghu Dixit amidst them. The audience – a mix of children and parents were mesmerized by the magical tunes of the singer, who performed for 15 minutes with his band.
When Raghu played his famous track “Lokada Kalaji Madutinanthi Ningyaru Bedanthare” children applauded and set chorus to the songs that created an untenable energy among the gathering.
Advising the children to be alert during education he said that there was always time to follow your passion be it music or dance but education should be given importance at this time, the popular singer said.
“On the other hand parents should not pressure their children to get more marks. Having completed MSc from University of Mysore with a gold medal I followed my passion. If I had been into music at the start I would have been a lecture at a college,” he said.
Speaking at the inauguration Deputy Commissioner C Shikha said that she was surprised when a few of the parents approached me to recommend so that their children could gain entry to the Chinnara Mela.
“I felt like it was similar to recommendations for a government job. I heard that this is the 18th edition of Chinnara Mela and the response for the camp is growing bigger with every passing year. Thus, children should make good use of the camp,” she added.
Noted theatre and film actor Mandya Ramesh said that he has visited many summer camps and that nothing could beat Chinnara Mela held every year at Rangayana. The demand here is growing and the ambience of Vanagranga and the play (Gumma banthu Gumma) staged today will only add flavour to the event.
Director of Rangayana H Janardhan said the demand for Chinnara Mela has been tremendous, the applications were sold within an hour and many of the parents went empty handed.
“I feel sorry for them. I have requested the state government to provide land where they can accommodate 1,000 children. We are expecting a positive approach by the government. If they heed, Chinnara Mela will be even bigger from the coming year.
Like every year, the Chinnara Mela has received a tremendous response this year and children from other parts of the district are also taking part in the camp,” he noted.
“I am very excited. I was told that they will take us to various places, temples, mosques and church and villages. During summer holidays I used to visit my grandmother’s village and this will be a different experience. I am happy to be here.”
“It will be a fun time with friends and also we get to learn music, dance, drama and other activities together. This is the first time I am participating at Chinnara Mela.”
Dimple N Kumar
“I love to go out and visit new places. They will take us to villages and teach us songs, dance, craft work which I very much love to do. Also, I would be making more friends.”
“The decorations made at the entrance of Rangayana attracted me very much. I am taking part at Chinnara Mela for the first time here. However, I am excited.