City theatre group sets out to promote eco-friendly Holi

Highlighting the wastage of water caused by Holi celebrations every year, artistes of the Chandigarh Art Theatre (CAT) staged Paani Bina Holi to promote eco-friendly celebrations. The street play was staged at the Plaza near Neelam Theatre in Sector 17 on Monday. Describing the harmful effects of using Chinese colours, the six-member team emphasised the benefits of the "Indian way" of celebrating the festival of colours.

The play also highlighted the problem of water shortage which is extremely grave in states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra" "While water scarcity causes drought like situations in states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the country continues to waste thousands of litres during Holi celebrations. Our play is a small effort to make people aware of the gravity of the situation so that they realize the importance of using water resources judiciously,"said Ranjit Roy, the writer and director of the play.

After dramatising various eye and skin problems caused by the Chinese colours, the performers also urged the audience to pick herbal colours over them" "There are a number of medical problems reported after Holi celebrations every year due to the use of Chinese and low quality colours. Still people continue to use them due to their low price. We urge the people to use herbal colours instead of these Chinese ones so that their sales are discourage," Ranjit added.

The team will also perform the play in Panchkula and Mohali on March 26."Our motive is to cover all the major areas of Tricity. Having performed the play in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are our immediate target"," informed Pankaj,one of the artistes.

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