Mangaluru: Usually little children nag their parents for ice-cream and other snacks. But this five-year-old, Arnav Prabhu is silently trying to send a message to the public with regards to the theme ‘Save Tiger’ through his Pili Nalike ( Tiger Dance)
This is the third consecutive time that Arnav is participating in the Barke Friends ‘tiger dance’ troupe, with a different theme during the Dasara procession. Arnav is the youngest tiger dance artist in the ‘Barke Friends’ troupe and has grabbed the attention of thousands of people over the past two years. This time, Arnav’s performance is likely to garner even more attention as he will be performing the tiger dance while promoting the theme 'Save Tiger', with a subtitle ‘Charmakke mathravalla Jeevakkoo beleyide’ (Value is not for skin only, but for life as well). Through this tiger dance, Arnav is trying to send a message to wildlife poachers that they should not kill the tiger for the sake of its skin but instead value the tiger's life.
The painting on Arnav’s body depicts a wound and bleeding skeleton which shows the plight of the current tiger population.
Ajay Udupi, a drawing teacher at Amrutha Vidyalaya, Boloor, who has painted on the body of Arnav told Newskarnataka.com that he is also the youngest artist in the Barke Friends troupe this year. “ Though some children do not cooperate while getting their bodies painted, Arnav is totally different from others as he has a strong zeal and passion,” he said.
Arnav is a UKG student at Canara Nursery School in Dongarakeri. He is a multitalented student as he has excelled in other art forms like Yakshagana, dancing, and singing. He is studying Yakshagana under the famous Yakshagana teacher Ravi Alevooraya and has already performed different roles in Yakshagana. He also attends a karate class and has already secured yellow belt in karate.
Arnav’s mother Shreelatha thanked the ‘Barke Friends’ troupe, led by Yajnesh Kulal, for their support. “Team leader Yajnesh gave an opportunity to Arnav and helped him realise his dream of performing tiger dance when he was just three years old. Arnav likes pet animals and he doesn’t want to harm or kill animals. The concept of ‘Save Tiger’ was also his own idea and we are just assisting him in his dreams," she added.
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