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Mob takes over Mumbai Metro station in Andheri

Organised by Helen O’Grady International, students of various schools took part in a flash mob for Daan Utsav at the Andheri Metro station

A flash mob was organised at the Andheri metro station yesterday. Conducted by the Helen O’ Grady International for Daan Utsav The Joy of Giving Week (Oct 2–8), the participants were around 25 students and 10 teachers of various schools including Vibgyor, Thakur Public school, Yashodham school and Gokuldham school.

The students of Helen O’ Grady International used The Joy Of Giving week (from October 2 to 8) to donate money and stationery items and sandwiches to under-privileged kids. Yesterday they participated in a flash mob at Andheri Metro station. Pic/Nimesh Dave
The students of Helen O’ Grady International used The Joy Of Giving week (from October 2 to 8) to donate money and stationery items and sandwiches to under-privileged kids. Yesterday they participated in a flash mob at Andheri Metro station. Pic/Nimesh Dave

The select group of children belonged to the International Dance School Academy, which is attached to Helen O’Grady. Their performance, included dances on ‘Kisiki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar’, the popular song from the 1959 Raj Kapoor-starrer, ‘Anari’. They also danced to ‘Itti si hansi, ittisi khushi’ from ‘Barfi’.

The main aim of this flash mob was to spread happiness. It was also organised so children spread the message that people must learn to give and share and experience the joy that comes from giving. Also, to spread awareness that each one of us must look after the needy throughout the year.

The Daan Utsav was utilised by the students to donate money and make sandwiches at the Helen O’ Grady centre at Khar for distribution, and lastly, the flash mob on Monday. The participants began to dance around 3 pm at the Metro station, and there was another session after 15 minutes. Commuters gathered to watch. They and some of the parents of the children also joined the kids by the end of their performances.

“A donation drive was held in all 50 schools attached to us in Mumbai, where children gave stationery items like note books, pencils, pens, school bags and also tiffin boxes and so on for underprivileged children. The children and their parents also made sandwiches in many cities, including at our Khar location and donated them to passers by and the under-privileged,” said Arpita Mittal, chief executive officer, Helen O’Grady.

She added, “A cleanliness drive was also conducted at various places across the country.” Flash mobs were organised at other public places in India apart from the Metro station at Andheri, where the participants were children, teachers, parents and even grandparents.

About Helen O’ Grady
Helen O’ Grady International is a world-renowned developmental drama system. Founded by a teacher, Helen O’ Grady is used in 32 countries. Over 400 schools in 42 cities in India are attached to it and a total of 30,000 students are enrolled each year. Under the system, children are trained to become confident and creative human beings.

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