Lake Alive: The Puttenahalli Kere Habba 2015

This event in Bangalore brought together children, people, photographers and cartoonists -- all for the love of their lake!
Pied kingfishers squabbling for the catch Pied kingfishers squabbling for the catch
The morning of the Kere Habba on February 21, 2015, saw over 30 volunteers coming in as early as 7 a.m. and setting to work stringing festoons and paper lanterns between trees, sticking event posters, and more. Almost all the decorative items were home made by the children and adults. Snehadhara Foundation did likewise with sketches and artefacts painstakingly done by their children. Many hands made for quick work and it was all done in a couple of hours. A sumptuous breakfast was made and fondly served by Krishna, South City and Pavithra from Brigade Millennium. 
 
By the time the first of the visitors arrived, the shamiana was up adding to the festive

Volunteers at work at the lakeatmosphere. "Lake Alive" being an event of, for and by the people, we didn't have to wait for a VIP Chief Guest. Leela Nagarajan, the craft guru of the day, lit a lamp and the sessions began, not just in the gazebo but also at the viewing deck and along the coconut grove. Our estimate of the number of people who visited the Habba is about 700. 

  
The birds in the lake were not in the least fazed by the drumming, the children running or shouting.  They continued to fly and fish, to the delight of the bird watchers and photographers. 

Freebies from the habbaThe stars of them all were a pair of Pied Kingfishers which hovered in the air and dived and fought with each other for the catch! Equally oblivious of everything was another star, cartoonist Ananth Shankar who sketched, sketched and sketched even as dusk fell! 

The best laid plans often go awry in its execution but thanks to our volunteers, we had an event that went off smoothly. Numbering more than 60, they would make a very long list indeed but our heartfelt thanks to each one of them.

Sincere thanks also to India Water Portal for partnering "Lake Alive" with PNLIT. The Kere Habba is an initiative of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation.

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