Arumbugal Trust, Tirunelveli and the TamilNadu Forest department – Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Conservation Reserve (KMTR) are conducting Eco Awareness cultural programmes in Alangulam , Ambasamuthiram and near by villages of Tirunelveli district for from 25.07.2016 to 03.08.2016.
The Sorimuthuayyanar temple Adi Amavasai festival , Karayaru in Agasthiyar malai (Western ghats) will attractlakhs of people and all will gather in the forest temple site on these days. This will create a lot of issues like forest degradation, river pollution and hygienic issues to the people and forest.
To make the people aware Arumbugal Trust with its well talented folk artists with KMTR is doing awareness cultural programmes for the attitude change of the people towards forest conservation and hygienic practices.Folk dances , songs , street theatre are the forms used for awareness by Arumbugal.The contents are – Avoiding plastic carry bags , alcoholic bottles, smoking (which will lead to forest fire), polluting the river water by sacrificed animal waste and foods , avoiding chemical soaps , shampoos etc.. while bathing and washing , avoiding open defecation and using proper toilets etc..
The inaugural function of the above said cultural payanam was held at Alangulam higher Secondary school on 25.07.2016 at 3pm . The cultural payanam was flagged off by Mr.A.Venkatesh IFS, Field director / Chief Conservator of Forest KMTR , Tirunelveli. The other dignitaries addressed in the function were ; Dr.RajaMathivanan, and Latha Mathivanan Directors of Arumbugal, Ms. Christal Mary Headmistress, Mr.Thangaselvam, vice Chairman Alangulam. Mr.Elango of Arumbugal proposed the vote of thanks.
The students responded well when the Field Director interacted with the students. Followed by this programme Arumbugal performed its programme in Kalathimadam village in coordination with the NGO A Tree who areworking for the same cause in this village.The overall response by the village people and the young ones were encouraging.