Debut of 'Nature Talkies', at Agasthyamalai Community based Conservation Centre (ACCC)

An effective way to convey the message of conservation to rural audiences is through skits and dramas weaved with local concepts. On June 5th 2010, the World Environment day, ATREE’s ACCC at Singampatti launched a performance art group named Nature Talkies with thirteen kids from ATREE’s Green Brigade and 6 kids from nearby Mukkudal village. These kids were trained in Kalialattam, Kolattam and street dramas by well known folklore artists in the area, Mr. Elango, Mr. Kanagalingam and Ms. Merlin Gnana Jeeva during the summer holidays. The kids drove home the message of environment protection through drama, dance and skits.

The focus of the message was on protection of water resources and its biodiversity. The Cultural team performed at several villages on 5th and 6th evenings in the presence of Mr. Perumal, President of Padmaneri Panchayat, Mr. Murugan, President of Zamin Singampatti Panchayat, Mr.Sivasailam, Head Master of Theerthapathi Hr., Sec., School, Ambasamudam and Dr. Vishwanathan, Director of Thamiraparani Trust for Environment and Education, Kallidaikurichi. Around 200 villagers witnessed these programmes. The kids won the accolade of villagers for their powerful debut performance at this young age.

M. Mathivanan
Field Coordinator, ACCC.