The sky lanterns had already set the mood for the yatra in Bodhgaya. Now it was time to enact our street play and tell people about it. The theatre yatris set out with their dholak (Indian drum) and dhapli (tambourine), singing songs and informing people about the street play and the events being organised in support of renewable energy. Soon an excited crowd joined the moving toli (group). Some people joined the dance, while some of them took time out of their daily business to listen to what we had to say.
The Mahabodhi temple formed the background for our event venue. A large number of people gathered to watch the play. Tourists, local people and vendors formed the audience and a lot of them stayed back after the play to know more about renewable energy and its various uses. Our theatre yatri director Niralaji passionately explained the motives of the Urja Kranti yatra to the spectators.
The yatris had to attend some malyarpans before we finally reached Chapra. This time the malayarpan was in the beautiful village of Hajipur. We walked our way to the venue as the lane was too narrow for our bus to enter. It had rained recently so the village looked very green and pretty.
People at the venue had to wait for a long time as our bus needed some emergency servicing at the Patna bus stop. When we finally reached the malyarpan venue, we were greeted with utmost hospitality.
The audience mainly comprised of women from a self help group called Nidan. They were curious about the uses and positive aspects of renewable energy. The interaction was initiated by one of our yatris, Usha, who was overwhelmed at the sight of so many women coming out of their homes and participating in the discussion. It is always a pleasant experience to see women at such places as no revolution is complete without their participation. The interaction with the group ended with a lot of discussions and questions about renewable energy and the various devices that run on solar energy.
With new hope and ambitions the yatra set out for its new destination-Chhapra.