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Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 01, 2012
Countless smiles and hopeful hearts turned Friday evening into a day full of happiness for many people. As a part of the Hindustan Times You Read, They Learn initiative, a special programme was organised at Dilli Haat INA for the beneficiary kids. The event also gave our readers a chance to interact with these children and know more about the initiative.

At the event, kids from the NGOs Pratham and CRY were entertained by puppeteers Manish and Mahesh from The Puppet Studio. The duo presented two childhood tales in their act, titled, The 2 Man Show.

“We wanted to come out with something that the kids would enjoy, hence we chose the iconic tale of the lion and the mouse, among others,” said Manish.

The puppet show was followed by a street play titled Abhi Ek Muskaan Baki Hai by volunteers from CRY. It threw light on issues such as child labour and the right to education.

“The play is based on real life incidents,” said Deepanshu Gupta, 19, an actor.

The vibrant performances even compelled visitors at Dilli Haat to stop by.

“I feel proud that even I have contributed to the education of these kids in some way,” said Seema Narang, a visitor.

The show concluded with an act by the kids on the song, Jai Ho, from the film Slumdog Millionaire.