In the scorching heat of the Delhi‚Äôs summer, students and volunteers of Let‚Äôs Educate Children In Need¬†(LECIN) were gearing up for their third annual cultural festival Unnati to be celebrated on May 31. Unnati,meaning progress, is a platform provided to the children of slums and government schools to showcase their¬†talent in performing arts.
In Amir Khusro Auditorium of Delhi Public Library, the function started with children giving a warm welcome to¬†the guests by applying tika on their foreheads. Children introduced ‚ÄòDreams‚Äô as the theme of the day by talking¬†about the importance of dreams and sharing their dreams with everyone. Their melodious voices mesmerised¬†the audience. When they danced to the beats of Bollywood songs, the auditorium was filled with loud applause.
A musical play portraying how responsibilities overshadow the dreams that we see as children made the¬†audience come face to face with reality.This Unnati witnessed 70 young and talented children take over the responsibility of stage management, from
being an anchor to a performer.
Ms. Laxmi, once known as an acid attack survivor, she is now known also as a symbol of courage, hope, and¬†love today, a mother, a motivational speaker, was invited as the chief guest. Emphasizing on the importance of¬†dreaming, Laxmi said, ‚ÄúJab tak hum sapne dekhenge nahi tab tak unhe pura kaise karenge?‚Äù
Ms Astha Sharma, an Indian folk exponent, and a Kathak dancer graced the event as the guest of honor and¬†entertained the crowd with her enthralling performance. While talking to the young minds, she asserted that to¬†live, one should dream.
Students and volunteers associated with LECIN were rewarded with certificates, gifts, and mementos for their¬†hard work throughout the year by Laxmi and Astha. Kamal Kaushik was presented with the Volunteer of the¬†Year Award for the management of project Pathshala, an initiative by LECIN, single-handedly and for his¬†dedication and commitment towards the organization. The new core team for the year 2018-17 was introduced.
Rohit Kumar was announced as the new President of LECIN. The day which marked the third foundation day¬†of LECIN, came to an end with everyone showering their love in the form of comments on the feedback wall.