One of the enduring flagbearers of our culture is the institution of joint family, wherein adults share responsibilities in the upbringing of a child. As a result, children grow up surrounded by anecdotes, stories and values from our glorious heritage. They also have ready access to hands that soothe and wipe away tears.
However, the continuance of the system faces threat today due to the onslaught of westernisation. Children being brought up in nuclear families with working parents return from school to a locked home, thus being left alone with their thoughts and emotions when gentle voices inquiring about their day would have been most welcome. Needless to say, this may go on to create a generation of frustrated young people and possibly harm the social fabric.
At Kautilya Vidyalaya, we try our best to address this by inviting grandparents to our signature event, Ajjanondige Hejje Ajjiyondige Gejje, wherein they perform with the zest of a kindergartener. Their role in upholding the integrity of society and importance of joint family is highlighted. Eminent personalities from the field of art and culture are invited to this event every year, which has witnessed the likes of noted theatre personality Smt B Jayashree, acclaimed director Sri T S Nagabharana, former Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University Dr. Chidananda Gowda and renowned author Smt. Tarini Chidananda. Thus, the event is a perfect amalgamation of education, culture and entertainment which bears the torch of social reform.