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 SARGIFUL Activities 2010
The SC and ST Development Department, Government of Odisha organized SARGIFUL 2010 - a Tribal Children's Festival at the Adivasi Ground, Bhubaneswar between December 28 and 30. The event was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of the State of Odisha. Above 900 students from the schools run under the aegis of ST & SC Development Department, Government of Odisha participated in different activities of the SARGIFUL. The objective of the event was to nurture the creativity and imagination, provide a platform for facilitating exposure to different arts and other fields through interaction with experts and showcase the talent of the children. Workshops on various fields were designed for the children to participate under the guidance of eminent resource persons. On the last day of the SARGIFUL (30th December) Shri Bijay Kumar Pattnaik, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha remained present as the chief guest. During the valedictory function Chief Secretary felicitated the students those won the prizes in different competition.
The event was grand in itself, in which about 50 Resource Persons were involved. These Resource Persons engaged the children in different activities. The children were divided into senior and junior groups. Each Junior and Senior group comprised of 30 children from different age group and standards.
Organizations like UNICEF, Bakul Foundation, SAI International, SIET & KIIT were the active partner of the SARGIFUL – 2010 and coordinated different activities of the event to make it a great success.
 The Activities for the year 2010 included the followings:
 a) Creative Writing / Storytelling
The Creative Writing and Storytelling groups had sessions on storytelling, and were given tips on effective storytelling. To help the children open and loosen up and to make them comfortable, the children in both the groups were first asked to write down a personal narrative of an occasion where they children initially started with fun activities but later on involved in the serious writing and storey telling activities. This and other games that facilitators played with the children helped the children become friendly and more forthcoming. The senior group also had a session with the eminent writer Dash Ben Hur, and each child was asked to write stories around a common character of Tree Man. Each child created stories around this fictive character. They decided to name him Dedi Loku (Tree Man in the Kui language) and weaved stories locating Dedi Loku in their own villages or part of Orissa. The Junior group were divided into groups and were given creative storybooks that were in search of stories. One was a finger puppet book, another a Pop-Up Book, another a Lift the Flap book, another a Tactile Book and there were some clues in the design of the book as to how to develop the content for the book. The children then created stories and content for these books and completed them.
 b) Art and Painting
Stories selected from storytelling and creative writing activities were given to the Art and Painting group, which had a group of child artists who specialized in Illustration and they illustrated it. The Illustration group also had previously created Wordless Picture Books (story entirely told through images) of popular fables such as the Monkey and the Crocodile.
The experience on the first day with the children of the Art and Painting group was a little disappointing as all the children when asked to draw freely, drew the same kind of scenery that they had been taught. A conscious attempt was made then to make them think independently and to feel that their imagination had a validity of its own. Then on the basis of their skills and interests, children were divided into 3 groups. A group went into Illustration as they were good at detailing and realistic images. Another group was better in conceptual work and they went into painting. Another group went into painting canvases as their imagination seemed to demand a bigger space. They were taught in the art of painting on a canvas.
The Filmmaking group had sessions with the children on how to create a storyline for a film, how to handle the camera and shoot a film, and then to edit it. The children made a wonderful short film titled "Thank You Bhubaneswar" in which they used the story of one of those children losing her mobile phone and her search for it at the venue of Sargifula into an excuse to go around the festival and shoot different workshops happening. Theatre also had only one group and the children went through various theatre games to make them energetic and did exercises in voice and acting. They also created a short play, which was staged on the final day.  
 c) Paper Craft
 In Paper Craft, children made different beautiful things such as Paper Planes and Birds. They also made a Vase of Flowers with Papier Mache. They also had a session on creating things out of waste paper and cardboards/cartons etc.
c.Creative Games
Creative Games was a surprising entry as a workshop item but volunteers, who had been trained by German theatre volunteers played many games with the children to develop their imagination, power of intuition and alertness etc. and to make them more confident and as ice breakers. The children at Creative Games, however, were fewer than expected and one assumes that it is because most children and teachers did not see the value of these games.
 d) Scientific Games and Activities
 Science Games included a number of games to make children understand the complex principles of Science.
 e) Preventive Health Care
Under this students were informed about the importance of preventive health care. This included the discussions on the importance of immunization, personal hygiene, balance diet, games etc.
In addition to the above the activities like Child Reporting; Fun Game for Creativity; Math with Fun; Magic; Karate; Archery Theatre, Creative Dances, Odishi Dance and other cultural programs etc. were the other Important activities of the Festival.