Cultural Activities :
The year 2006 proved to be very eventful for the organisation specially in the field of theatre,music and promotion of book reading.During the year three training cum production drama camps were organised .The first camp from 2nd to 20th February was conducted by Abhishek Pandit , a local theatre activist and girls and boys from surrounding villages participated in it. The production of the camp Andher Nagari ,written by Bhartendu Harishchandra and adopted by Abhishek Pandit , was staged in 6 villages surrounding the library.One show of this production was also staged in Rai Umanath Bali Auditorium ,Lucknow on 24th of February,2006.It got wide appreciation from the media and spectators.
IPTA(U.P.) organised another theatre camp from 4th June to 30th June ,2006.It was inaugurated by Sri Jitendra Raghuvanshi , national general secretary of IPTA and Sri Yugal Kishor, Faculty member of Bhartendu Natya Academy , Lucknow was the main resourse person.It was a residential camp in which 27 boys and girls of Azamgarh, Mau , Ghazipur , Jaunpur and Sultanpur districts participated.. The play Inspector Matadin Chand Par, adopted from the story of Harishankar Parsai , was prepared in the camp and was staged at the District Headquarter of Azamgarh and in three villages.
During winter vaccations from 25th of December 2006 to 7th of January 2007 , third camp was organised .This time it was decided that the regular participants of previous camps organised by NSD New Delhi, NCZCC Allahabad ,BNA Lucknow and IPTA (U.P.) should be encouraged to conduct the camp themselves and without any external assistance.This experiment was successful and not only the rural participants adapted certain stories but also wrote the dialogues and designed the stage and costumes.Local talent Vindra successfully directed the play.Many shows of the play was organised in the libray and adjoining villages.
Regular classes of music was conducted during the whole year.A local folk dance form Dhobia was given special attention and Parbhu and old and perhaps the last practicing dancer in the surroundind villages was encouraged to pursue his love of the life.The troupe of the library toure many districts of Hariyana in the months of May and June 2006.
About 700 more books were added to the library.New readers specially women joined it.The Little magazine section attracted large number of research scholars from Gorakhpur University, Banaras Hindu University and Allahabad University.
The Film society run by Library , exhibited two good films every week to the villagers.Thirty four new films were added to its collection this year.Children's Film Society of India,Mumbai , organised a two day's workshop cum exhibition of Children's Films.This was a life time experience for the children of rural areas.Sri Sanskar Desai, himself a noted Children's film maker, was the resource person.
Activities Related to Gender Sensitization :
With the help of OXFAM, an international donor agency the library sensitized the men and women of the area on gender issues. On the issue of violence against women a national discourse was organised which was inaugurated by Medha Patekar on the International Women's Day (8th March 2007).
Activities Related to skill up gradation and income enhancement :
Through out the year the organisation ran various programmes of skill up gradation .A well equipped computer center is being run by the organisation in its own premises where more than 80 boys and girls , mostly from the weaker sections of the society are under going various computer education programmes. A typing institute is also being run by the organisation which is imparting typing skills to the rural youth. Another training facility is enabling women of the adjoining villages to learn stitching and tailoring .A training programme supported by Nehru Yuwak Kendra is providing 30 local boys an opportunity to learn the skills of scooter and motorcycle mechanic. These skill up gradation programmes help local youth to start their own income generating ventures.
NABARD is supporting a programme of forming Women SHGs and their linkages to bank.