29th September 2019 – Sunday, read the calendar. It was not just any other Sunday; perhaps, one of those very few (Sun)days we’d not have to do a quick ‘phone-grab’ to check the date!
The morning of this oh-so-special Sunday witnessed the coming together of 503 kids from 18 shelters at the New Horizon College, Bengaluru for Nakshatra Arts Zone 2, one of Bhumi’s annual flagship events.
The preparatory activities for the event had already begun over a month back – volunteers gathering every weekend in Lakshmi Devi Park to discuss the roadmap ahead, daily calls among volunteers, event leads and vendors was a daily affair for all. Promotions and fundraising activities were also being carried out; volunteers pooled in numerous creative ideas to ensure the event was a grand success.
An event that stood over the shoulders of around 160 volunteers was truly class apart. Siddharth, one of the volunteers mentioned, “For the first time I saw people willingly taking up responsibilities without pushing it on fellow volunteers”; seeing people willingly taking up tasks and helping each other without hesitation and inhibitions – volunteering in its true spirit, had left him spellbound. He was witnessing the ideas on paper wonderfully transcend into reality with several individual contributions being woven into a beautiful confluence!
Brinda, the volunteer-in-charge for hospitality shared her experiences regarding BGT (Bhumi’s Got Talent), a first-of-its-kind event that Nakshatra conducted, this year. “The event was scheduled to happen inside the auditorium. Later, as we progressed into the event, two little girls wished to exhibit their talent in the open area and brought the entire crowd outside. We inquisitively waited to see what they had for us, and there they were! Each of the girls rode a unicycle; while one simultaneously juggled three balls, the other dribbled a basketball! We were simply awestuck to see such display of amazing talent from those little girls!”, she said.
The day turned out to be excitingly packed with umpteen moments like these where volunteers experienced a myriad of emotions – happiness, excitement, surprise, wholesomeness; at the end of the day, they were ultimately proud hosts of Nakshatra! With cute smiles on their faces coupled with endless curiosity in their hearts, the kids participated in 16 events across Arts, Cultural and Literary categories!
Among the 503 bundles of talent and joy that arrived that day, there were 18 special ones from Sishu Mandir that outshined all the other ones to become the first-time winners of Nakshatra Arts. They were clueless about Nakshatra until they had arrived. Kuldeep, the HSV for the shelter home enthusiastically shares “The first question kids asked me was ‘Anna! What is Nakshatra?’, with so much curiosity and drive to participate!”. Despite being completely unaware of the event earlier, they took part in every single event with a competitive spirit to emerge the overall winners of Nakshatra Zone2.
The sweet memories of Nakshatra Zone2 are sure to remain intact in the hearts of every single kid and volunteer who participated and contributed to it; something that will last forever. “There’s no better feeling of content and satisfaction than seeing a child’s face beaming with a vibrant smile, that is exactly when we feel our efforts have been paid off” exclaimed our volunteers, after successfully hosting the show for the year.
Now, this is exactly what we call a ‘star-studded’ Sunday!
Wordsmith: Samar Pratap (Volunteer, Bengaluru)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.