To promote the concept of eco-friendly Holi among youngsters, an NGO is organising training sessions on making low cost herbal colours at various educational institutions of Lucknow. Students are being trained in preparing herbal colours from domestic use products, including edible items. Interestingly, some of the trainers are students too.
Ajit Kushwaha of the NGO, Childline, said, “We have been training students of government and private institutions in Lucknow in making herbal colours. We are also requesting them to sensitise others.”
At the Childline training camps, children are being taught how to make natural colours using arrowroot, food colours, talcum powder and turmeric.
Khushwaha said that many youngsters had been approaching Childline to get to know about the benefits of herbal colours and how they could be prepared in a cost-efficient way. “We were surprised to know that so many youngsters wanted to know how herbal colours were made and were willing to teach others also. But it was important to give them a cost-effective solution,” he said.
Ansh Narayan Gupta, one of the trainers, said, “It is important to train youths in making herbal colours. They should know that making these colours is not difficult at all.”
Another volunteer Angelina Gupta said, “There is a general belief that herbal colours are costly but people don’t know that it’s very cost-effective if done at home.” Dividha Verma, a student of AP Sen College, Charbagh, said, “We used to get information about herbal colours on TV and newspapers. I thought it would be expensive but it is not. You can make any colour at home and with little effort.”