The Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Living and Development has over the years been taking up initiatives to bring joy, learning and positive experiences to all who attend and their popularity has only been growing. In fact, not only children who participate in the myriad activities and workshops organized at Leon’s World, or Rustomjee Urbania residents, but even others from Thane and Mumbai look forward eagerly to Leon’s World Centre events.
One such event which was a big hit, almost a 100 people attended and nearly 50% of those were not residents of Rustomjee Urbania, was the Grand Utsav. Celebrating the strong bond that kids and grandparents share that spans generations, the Grand Utsav was a two hour festival that was organized, on 30th September, especially for kids in the age group of 3 – 10 years and their grandparents.
Several thematic activities were planned as a part of the festival to engage, educate and entertain children and their grandparents. These included playing village games; learn to stitch with grandma where children diligently got down to trying different simple stiches and embroidery techniques on a handkerchief; minute-to-win games where both generations worked as a team in ‘Grand Ma’s Kitchen’; working with clay to make pots, pans or even an eco-friendly Ganesha; learning the steps of a folk-fusion music. All the activities were planned keeping in mind the fitness levels of the senior citizens. Everyone also got together to enjoy the live musical performance by Global Music Conservatory and watch a story come alive from Sudha Murthy’s book Grandma’s Bag Of Stories.
Continuing with its initiative to make kids more confident and encourage them to perform on stage, Leon’s World Centre also had the Open Mic session on the same day. Parents and grandparents watched proudly as their kids came on stage and showcased their talents in elocution, mimicry, singing and dancing.
A little girl, who had attended the event with her grandmother was super excited, “It was such fun to be here today. I’ve never done any of these activities before and getting to do them with my grandmother was so exciting. I’m going to ask my parents to bring me to Leon’s World every time for such events. We don’t live at Rustomjee, but now I wish we could.”