Experience the simple life in the heart of the city this weekend
If you find yourself longing for a slice of the village life, head over to Freedom Park where Vidyaranya, a city-based NGO will be hosting Halli Habba, an event based on the rural way of living. “Vidyaranya is an NGO that supports underprivileged and differently-abled kids, women who have been victims of trafficking and sexual abuse, and senior citizens. We currently have 200 differently-abled children under our wings and aim to increase that number to 1,000, and also build a school for them. So, as part of the Joy of Giving week, we are holding this event to raise funds for the same,” explains Raji Kala, the programme manager.
Spread across 20 acres, Freedom Park is the ideal spot to replicate a village with plenty of trees and greenery. Vidyaranya’s team has pulled out all the stops with charming little huts, pottery wheels, bullock carts and more. “The idea is to give urban folk a rural experience,” shares Kala. Guests can also try their hand at ploughing the field, and also indulge in rural cuisines across the four South Indian states; think ragi mudde, ragi roti, uchal chutney, pongal (both sweet and savoury) and vadai.
The main attraction, Kala tells us, are the games, which include teams, individuals, and one-on-ones, such as lagori (or seven stones), gilli danda, tic tac toe, pallanguli, killithattu among others. “These games get people involved,” she tells us.For those looking to soak up some art and culture, there will also be performers from villages around the city, staging yakshagana, kolatta, karagattam and other folk dances. Story lovers can stop under one of the many trees where friendly, matronly ladies will narrate village-themed tales. With close to 2,500 people expected to participate, Vidyaranya hopes to make the event an annual fixture.
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