Pashupati: Save the Dogs Exhibition
The first school to host the Pashupati: Save the Dogs exhibition was Vasant Valley School, New Delhi. The four-day show starting April 27, included a talk by animal rights activists: Rukmani Shekhar, Director, The Viveka Foundation, Navtej Johar, Managing Director Abhyas Trust, Hiranmaya Karlekar, senior journalist. Addressing an audience of nearly 50 students drawn from classes VIII to X, the activists highlighted the need to be compassionate towards stray animals. The talk was followed by screening of a very moving five minute documentary film showing personnel of the local municipal corporations chasing and killing stray dogs by strangling them, setting them on fire or shooting them. This very gruesome documentary was aimed at shocking the audience into taking action and raising their voices against the inhuman measures of controlling the animal population. The screening was followed by a recital by another animal rights activist who sang a song that was in fact a stray dog’s prayer asking God for some kindness. The exhibition is slated to travel to other schools in Delhi including Father Agnel, St Mary’s, Bal Bharati, Modern School (Vasant Vihar) and Dilli Haat among other places.