NGO to take children on heritage walk

Srividya Veeraraghavan, story-teller

Chennai: Chennai-based NGO, ‘Nam Veedu Nam Oor Nam Kadhai’ in association with Srividya Veeraraghavan, a professional story-teller will conduct a heritage walk for children (3-12 years) at Madras Literary Society (MLS), Thousand Lights tomorrow from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

The children will be enlightened about the history of the building and a workshop will be conducted to make them know about the importance of reading habit and need for libraries.

Speaking to News Today, NGO founder Thiripurasundari Sevvel said, “The motto is to make children know about the library in an interesting and engaging way. At first storytelling will be taken by Srividya and then colouring activities. Followed by this, children will act in a drama and play the role of librarians. This programme will be specially for home-schoolers. We are also planning to do this kind of workshop in all heritage buildings in Chennai. We have already done this in George Town where we got huge response.”

Thiripurasundari, an architect started the NGO in 2013 and now there are more than 200 volunteers belonging to different jobs. The NGO also involve in conducting street plays and stage social issues.

The architect says, “We also take this storytelling talent to the roadside children by doing street plays. Even the sensitive issues like gender sensitisation, colour issues, body shaming, are taken to people effectively, by this way. We also talk about some of the social cultures that we forgot.”

‘Though there are challenges while conducting streetplays, passion and social responsibility is what driving us,” she says.

Talking about the future plans, she says, “We mainly want to spread the storytelling idea to the younger generation. Many schools and colleges are inviting us now. We are also conducting the awareness campaigns. Though social media is a powerful tool, to spread the message about our campaigns, it is person to person interaction matters most.”