— by Parmita Borah | Bangalore
|Children participating at the Voices from the Waters, Bangalore|
The alarming rate at which our world is losing safe water is no news to anyone. We all know about it. Someone of us don’t bother, some of us makes jokes about it, and some of us try to use water economically.
Honestly, I was not so keen on going to a documentary film festival about water wastage and scarcity. Why should I listen to a bunch of pretentious activists who would in all possibility only make me feel guilty of everything I do, including breathing? I already know about water scarcity and have been doing my bit to avoid it. ‘Voices from the Waters’ had me questioning myself – is that enough?
|Inauguration of Voices From The Waters film festival |
(photo: Jim Ankan Deka)
So on September 11th, I along with two of my fellow bloggers from music malt reached National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore, after a last minute decision and an hour long battle with traffic. We made it in time for the inauguration, and believe you me, it was far from disappointing. A line up of very forceful addresses flanked by music and dance delighted a packed auditorium while simultaneously stimulating their thoughts. I was enthralled by a mime act by a group of young students from TVS School, Tumkur where they depicted the kind of abuses Mother Nature has endured from mankind, and the ramifications of those actions.
The international traveling film festival on water was inaugurated by the acclaimed and multi award winning film director and actor T.S. Nagabharana along with other film directors and dignitaries from around the world.
|Chief guests being felicitated at Voices From The Waters |
film fest (photo: Jim Ankan Deka)
“It is a necessary evil”, I tell myself. “What is purpose of the film festival after all?” I wonder.
The answer was simple, but very very compelling – to motivate people like me to learn, discuss, and most importantly pass on as much information as we can about the dire consequence of water wastage. In a simple and straightforward manner ‘Voices from the Waters’ taught me, and hopefully many more the greater roles that we can play in paving way for a sustainable posterity.
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