On Sunday, a motley group of 50 people including senior citizens and students joined a world movement to perform the Wild River Dance near the badly polluted Mithi river, to bring in World Water Day, which was on Monday.
Gathering at Vakola nulla, they recorded individual dances on video, to be later uploaded on the website of International Rivers, a Berkeley, California-based welfare group working to save the rivers of the world. The idea of the movement is to focus awareness on local water bodies, and get people to appreciate them.
The Wild River Dance contest was launched by the group on International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14. Concerned citizens from across the world were invited to dedicate a recorded dance at a river near them. The videos will be put together and aired on US television.
Janak Dafftary of the NGO Mithi Nadi Sansad, organised the programme. He said: “For the first time, the Wild River Dance will take the problem of Mithi’s pollution before a world community. We are encouraging people to come to this venue and do the river dance. We have videos of the movement, and will upload it on the website by April.”