‘Garden of children’ nurtures 20-year epic

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Shishkunj Melbourne presents their stage adaptation of ‘Shabari’, a narrative from the Ramayana

A 20-year tradition lives on as Shishkunj Melbourne presents ‘Shabari’. The stage production carries on the tradition of similar productions executed by Shishukunj Nairobi (Kenya) and Shishukunj London (UK) more than 20 years ago. A not‐to‐be‐missed production presented entirely by the younger members (between the ages of 5 and 18) has been a collaborative effort made possible with the help of parents, coordinators and a volunteer team who understand how important it is to expose our children to the Gujarati culture, spiritual growth, as well as character development, all being the core values of Shishukunj.

Shishukunj, Sanskrit for “garden of children”, is a volunteer run organisation devoted to the holistic development of Gujarati children with 14 centres currently active globally.

Shabari, who features in the epic story Ramayana, is an elderly lady who feeds the “bor” (Indian plum) to Lord Ram during his exile and search for his beloved Sita. But, how did she end up at that point where she met Lord Ram? Where did she come from? Who was she? This play provides answers to all those questions as well as takes its audience on an epic journey through her life up to the point where she meets Lord Ram.

Where: Knox Community Arts Centre, Bayswater, 3153, VIC

When: Saturday, 7 October at 7pm; Sunday, 8 October at 5pm

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