With hopes and a plan to launch a second EKTA show in the next few years, Manav Sadhna wanted to give an opportunity to a large number of children to build their confidence and share their talent and spirit with those around them. From this desire came Prem No Parivar, an emotionally driven production that weaved elements of art, dance, drama and music into a seamless two hour performance that presented real life-changing stories of street children who have been connected to Manav Sadhna. With only two months of preparation time, a strong volunteer team of artists, musicians, choreographers, playwrights, and other dedicated members worked daily with over 230 children ranging from ages 4 to 15 to put together this heart warming performance on March 11th.
With the help of the play directors and choreographers, musicians, voice actors, all Manav Sadhna staff, and the excitement and dedication of the children themselves, each day brought us closer to the end product--a beautiful, integrated and emotionally compelling show. The children’s eagerness and hard work made the show go from a possibility to a beautiful reality.
The day of the show was full of energy and excitement. At the entrance of the lobby of Tagore Hall, over 30 children exhibited live demonstrations of various arts and crafts, such as card cutting, painting, tattoo and henna as the audience entered the venue. Both showings of Prem No Parivar were filled past capacity. At the end of each show, the audience members had tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces. Mothers and fathers of the performers were filled with pride and joy as their sons and daughters sang, danced, and acted their hearts out.
For most of the children involved, it was a first experience being part of an organized and professionally presented program. The effort and dedication required for Prem No Parivar will have a long-lasting impact on the children, as they have begun to develop faith in themselves and to understand the power of commitment to longer-term goals as well as teamwork. The shared experience of this program allowed all of the parts of the Manav Sadhna family--families, children, well wishers and Manav Sadhna staff--to organically bond over a show centered around shining children. The ripples of love and compassion that spread to the general audience was visible as they opened their hearts to the stories being shared by these children. Everyone involved with Prem No Parivar was inspired with the desire to play a positive part in society.
In the end it is the seed of a show like this that can grow into impacting the world in a million different ways. However, that was not our goal or wish; we let the love for our children be our religion and then let nature take its course.