GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � Children�s Day was celebrated in the capital city by different organisations. Although a large section of children working in different business establishments and as domestic workers were left out, a few were lucky to get attention for the day.
The young people had a memorable day at Kalakshetra here as the Kalakshetra Society lined up a slew of entertaining activities for them that included even a ride on a bullock cart.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Kalakshetra Society had introduced the bullock cart to give the visitors a feel of the bygone days. Around 89 children in the age group of 8 to 10 years enjoyed this ride and got an opportunity to know how life was several decades ago in the State. There were several more interesting activities waiting for the children. Those below 8 years got the chance to ride solar cars and those in the age group of 10 to 14 years rode battery-powered bicycles. Sixty children drove the solar cars and 91 rode the bicycles.
Kalakshetra has four solar cars and three battery-powered bicycles for the entertainment of children. Later in the afternoon, the children interacted with poet lyricist Eli Ahmed and the curtains came down on the day with a puppet show. Along with the children, their parents too had real fun.
The children of Ashadeep, a society for the rehabilitation of the mentally ill took part in sports and cultural activities.
On the other hand, underprivileged children from different areas of Guwahati took part in a Children�s Day programme organised in advance by the Guwahati Urban Area Development Programme, World Vision, India at Gorchuk. The activities included games, competitions and discussion on child rights.
Gurukul Grammar Senior Secondary School, Guwahati dedicated the Children�s Day programme to the memory of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. The school authorities have decided to open a sports complex which would be named after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and a cultural complex which would be named after Dr Bhupen Hazarika. The children lighted around 2000 earthen lamps as a tribute to the music legend and performed dances, recitation and chorus�all related to the compositions of the music maestro.
Matri Mandir, an establishment for care and protection of abandoned, unclaimed and orphan babies, celebrated Children�s Day in its premises at South Sarania, today.
The celebration was inaugurated by BP Saraf, Managing Trustee of Matri Mandir. Before the function started one minute�s silence was observed as a mark of respect for Dr Bhupen Hazarika.