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Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Bhopal Gas Tragedy

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Published by: Raphael Tsavkko Garcia on Dec 05, 2009
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Four panels of 3rd December
18th to 20th November 2009Bhopal, IndiaWorld Comics India&Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan
 DAY 1
The workshop was initiated in the midst of amorphous environment. In the rst day everything from thespace to the children who would participate came into play like an extempore, which gradually shaped itselgiving newer dimensions to the days to come.
The participants consisted of children from a private school namedGB convent school located in old Bhopal .students from 6th to 12th
standard. The heterogeneous group settled down in a nursery class
room in the school…that was the rst day!The day started with interaction with children. The school had a be
lief that there would be a drawing competition held. By the time thetruth unfolded that it is not a competition the children showed mixedemotions. The chart papers which were brought by them were toreinto A4 sheets, which added to our advantage because the stationarydid not arrive at time. The workshop proceeded amorphously andbeautifully.The word workshop was then fragmented to understandtogether the language of comics .Fun frolic and learning rather inshort masti in the children’s voice in 3 days.Some white sheets were distributed to them and they were told to
shade the entire paper with pencil. When the shaded paper were held
in front of them any kind of image that they could think of and thatwas immediately formed in their mind were shared by them. Beforeevery story the base that support it, is an issue or more academicallya subject that the story is based on. The images that ooded in their
minds were all environment related.
That showed the children in their subconscious mind had thought and related their childhood inthe midst of images that they named like pollution, black clouds, grey, gas emission and ‘ some
thing bad’. Then the next word chalked in the blackboard was childhood. They pondered over theword for a while and distinguishingly named all that’s colourful, fun frolic and all that’s nice. Theyshowed us that their colourful childhood has been enduring in the midst of all that is.grey in the city of Bhopal. When I say grey here it is not a mixture of black and white but onlyshades of black some of which are lighter and some very dark.
We took the discussion further and talked about various comics they are aware of and the comicsthat they as participants would be doing in this workshop. While we saw that talking about issuesand forming story was a bit confusing for them we showed them wallposter comics sample and theydecoded the comics language quickly.Now they knew that the story is not an essay that they write in school but their personal or formed
narratives divided into four visual frames.
The Bhopal gas tragedy is a history that long lost, unrelated though the children could not see therelation their childhood had in the midst of the environment problems. Like for a particular genera
tion the freedom struggle is a history. They wrote the story techinically all the facts of Bhopal werecorrect like all history remembered without emotions. But when they spoke earlier what childhoodmeans to them they spoke with lots of energy because they have been a part of it.

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