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When traditional methods are merged with modern means to defeat corona

A small town in Rajasthan has been using traditional methods with modern means to defeat COVID-19 which is spreading its tentacles soon and fast in village lanes of Rajasthan.

This small town is none other than Dungarpur, a tribal dominated district, which has merged simple traditional methods with modern means using puppet shows and pictorial stories to spread awareness on COVID-19.

The district administration in this town are using traditional methods of puppet shows and chitra katha which were packaged in the form of e—puppet show and e-chitrakatha. To ensure that messages reach out to maximum people, it ensured  that the dialogues were also recorded in the local Wagadi dialect.

When traditional methods are merged with modern means to defeat corona
People watching puppetry show to make themselves aware of corona precautions

A beautiful video series was prepared keeping the interest of students who were staying back in home during lockdown.

As the writer of the series was Alok Sharma, who is working as a teacher in Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya in Dungarpur, he wrote an interesting script to spread awareness on symptoms and prevention from corona.

The series also presented the advisories to be followed at home and while going out about social distancing.

This innovative model is garnering praise all across and eventually, it was also released in Hindi language and shared on different social media handles.

Also, Information and broadcasting ministry’s regional outreach bureau also shared this on its official twitter handle

With these e-series, an attempt has been made to solve the curiosity and doubts of the common man in a simple and easy language with excellent dialogues.

The series speaks on spread of corona virus infection, its symptoms, prevention and treatment precautions for pregnant women etc. It also attempts to address the innate curiosities arising in the minds of people residing in rural areas. These promotional materials are being widely publicised on social media especially WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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