Tracing the ancient history in Nalanda

Destination: Rajghir, Bihar

As the seventh location of Jagriti Yatra 2015, the yatris went to Nalanda, which is a perfect location to get the feel of rich ancient history of India.

At this beautiful valley surrounded by rocky mountains and greenery, yatris attended an informative session explaining the aspects of entrepreneurship and the must know points before you start a venture on your own. Gopa Sabharwal, Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University, resided over the function.

However, in the morning session, yatris visited the ruins of Nalanda, one of the oldest Universities in the world, which is now turned to a tourist destination.

To experience rural India, to understand Gram Vikas

Destination 6 : Gram Vikas, Ganjam, Odisha

It is the last day of 2015, and it is the seventh day of Jagriti Yatra. For the yatris, it is the day to visit the village near Berhampur, a city near Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

The goal is to visit Gram Vikas, the brainchild of Joe Madiath, an organisation started almost thirty years old. The founder himself believed in bringing about sustainable improvement in the quality of life and marginalised rural communities in and around Orissa.

Gram Vikas currently serves more than 250000 people in 701 habitations of 21 districts in Orissa. It is a perfect example of how a person’s passion and perseverance can change the life of thousands. On the visit, Joe Madiath was keen on sharing the challenges and opportunities he faced during the ongoing journey with the yatris. It was enlightening and inspiring for the yatris to roam around the village, involve with the school children and enjoy the serenity of Gram Vikas.

Drawing inspiration from Akshayapatra

Destination 5: Akshayapatra, Vizag

Yatris was welcomed by the scorching heat in Vizag on the 6th day, which is the fifth destination of Jagriti Yatra 2015. The tight-packed day started with the visit to Akshayapatra Patra Foundation, the NGO that runs mid day meal programme across India. The story of Akshayapatra inspires anyone, and for the yatris, the visit turned to be enlightening.

Embracing the slogan, ‘No child in India should be deprived of education because of hunger’, Akshayapatra feeds around 1 million school kids every day all over India across the states Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, and Uttar Pradesh.

Eliminating class room hunger, feeding millions of kids by using the modern technology machines, covering 10000 schools per day, the list goes on. The yatris had an amazing opportunity to learn about the role model as well as to visit the kitchens of Akshayapatra and understand the machineries used.

The day had more to its credit as the yatris had an exciting opportunity to visit the Navy Dockyard at Vishakhapatnam post noon. The day ended with another panel discussion on agriculture in which eminent personalities discussed their views.

Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya, where art and tranquility meets

Destination 1- Hubli

It is day 3 of Jagriti Yatra 2015 and the train has reached Dharwad, a silent town, well-known for its musical culture, in Karnataka. We have our first role model visit to Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya (KSV) and a case study related to solar electrification project in the locality.

Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya

A visit to Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya would certainly inspire anyone to face problems as process and work towards one’s goal, even when it is chasing the incredible. Founded by Adam Woodward, along with Mathieu Fortier and his wife Agathe Meurisse 13 years ago, Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya (KSV) is now a life changer for more than two hundred children belonging to lower income group.

Children in KSV get academic education with high prominence to music and performing arts in the residential campus which is spread across three acres of land at absolutely free of cost. The tranquillity and beauty of the place gets elevated with simple houses made out of traditional materials, and it creates a serene environment for the children to live and learn peacefully.

Volunteers from all over the world come to this art school and put in dedicated effort to make the children excel in their life. As Mathieu puts it, music has the infinite power to transform a child’s life. It helps to impart certain values like self confidence, concentration, and self-esteem in the child’s mind at an early age. They would certainly try to excel in life.”

Mathieu is absolutely right once we know about Krishnan, a 23 year old teacher of KVS. A gold medallist in music from Karnataka University, he is one among the super successful former students of KVS. Here is what he has to say, “I came to KVS when I was 14 year old. Since then I was able to change my perspective about the world and learned better communication skills while I studied music and that is something I am passionate about. Now I want to give back what I learned and so I joined as a teacher here.”

The first destination itself was thought-provoking and inspirational for the yatris as they were able to spend a day with kids and volunteers of KVS. Furthermore, they had a memorable session with the founders of KVS, which would certainly be an inspiration to work towards a greater goal throughout their life.