BENGALURU: Citizens held a vigil for century-old trees in Government Veterinary Hospital on Queens Road. Poets, artistes, models and singers were there to make it engaging and children were invited too to.
There is an ongoing protest and campaign to restore power to the Animal Birth Control Centre, run by Sarvodaya Sevabhavi Samstha, which functions from this building and this gathered volunteers also to save the green cover. Saalumarada Thimmakka, the respected 105-year-old environmentalist, was also present to mark her support.
The event started off on a musical note, with songs by Bengaluru-based band ‘Across the Raste’. The band has Bharghavi Murali on the guitar, Ashwini Sharma on vocals and Niyanth a beat boxer.
Poets took the stage next. Nalin Vyas, who is a poet, actor and stand-up comedian, said, “Bakula (one of the organising volunteers for this event) called me up about this event and I decided to come.
If we, as Bengalureans, don’t show our support and care about our surroundings, I don’t think anyone else would”. Lynessa Couto, who runs a group for poets, also showed up. Kids were seen busy jotting down their verses. Professional models wearing organic clothes posed with the trees, which have been marked to be chopped.