Initiating a dialogue with a community is to an extent still comfortably easy but continuing that aspect for long is a difficult task. Through various interactions with the students and their grandparents this barrier became more and more evident. She could speak to some students in groups from time to time but could not sustain a dialogue with the same set of students, hence she planned her first intervention.
29th April 2017 was her first intervention which was organized to bring the students and teachers under one roof, away from their school premise to make them think and experience their locality and about own family surroundings and generate a dialogue. The event was organized at the premise of the Chaitanya Library on Beadon Street in Sovabazar, Kolkata. Initially, doubts that the students won’t turn up at the venue did creep in when the schedule time for event was fleeting. Later, the students along with their teachers did come in numbers. Students from class V, VI, VII and even from Class X had come for the intervention.
The event started with the screening of Hamdasti’s film which was on various interventions, interactions and festivals that took place during Chitpur Local I. Since most of the screening was centered around the students of Oriental Seminary School it generated lot of interest amongst the girls as well as the teachers.
The intervention ended on positive note that the students will continue to know more about their own locality and keep the dialogue with their grandparents going. The intervention was documented by the team Hamdasti and fellow artists involved in the project of Chitpur Local II.