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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Trust, a renowned puppetry troupe from Bellary is all set to bring laurels to the country by performing in Indonesia from May 24 to 31.

SA Krishnaiah of Udupi, a folk researcher scholar and a member of Central Sangeet Nataka Academy will be leading the troupe on the eight day journey to the Ramayana Puppets Festival in the neighbouring South-East nation.

After gradually withdrawing from the mainstream performing arts, many puppetry groups have turned towards the Indonesian art form called ‘Wayang Kulit’ (Shadow puppets in Indonesia), which resembles the art form of the Karnataka leather puppeteers.

The leather puppeteers of the Ramayana play of Belagallu Veeranna and his team are sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and Sangeet Natak Academy. The state and central governments of India have bestowed various awards on ‘Nadoja’ Belagallu Veeranna.

Krishnaiah, the managing director of the entire puppetry show will manage the entire team of artists during the Indonesian tour.

“The nomadic tribal arts of shadow-puppet-play artiste from Ballari renowned as ‘Gomberama’, will interact with Indonesian Dalang (puppeteers) during their eight day trip to the Island nation”, Krishnaiah said.

Apart from managing the team, Krishnaiah will also perform as an artiste in various shows.The shows will be staged at various locations in the nation of Indonesia on different dates.

Mahalingam, BV Ramesh; BV Prakash, K Lingappa; Chilagod, artiste from Manukula Ashrama, BV Mallikarjuna; BV Hanumanta are some of the renowned artistes who will be a part of the tour.

Wayang Kulit is a shadow puppet theatre belonging to the famous Java islands. The epic story of Ramayana is conveyed by these puppets and is remembered during the time of Diwali in India.

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Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls

Two in five adolescent girls are thin due to undernutrition

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Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls
Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls, Pixabay

From fears that eating chicken wings makes it hard to find a husband to beliefs that pineapple jeopardizes fertility, a host of food taboos are fueling malnutrition among Indonesian girls, experts said as they launched an adolescent health drive.

Nutritionists said girls ate very little protein, vegetables or fruit, preferring to fill up with rice and processed snacks which were often sweet or fried.

“Indonesian girls are being left behind when it comes to nutrition,” said Kecia Bertermann of Girl Effect, a non-profit that uses mobile technology to empower girls.

“They don’t understand why their health is important, nor how nutrition is connected to doing well at school, at work or for their futures.”

The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF says Indonesia has some of the world’s most troubling nutrition statistics.

Two in five adolescent girls are thin due to undernutrition, which is a particular concern given many girls begin childbearing in their teens.

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Two in every five girl is malnutritioned, Pixabay

Experts said the food taboos were part of a wider system of cultural and social habits leading to poor adolescent nutrition, which could impact girls’ education and opportunities.

One myth is that cucumber stimulates excessive vaginal discharge, another that eating pineapple can prevent girls from conceiving later on or cause miscarriages in pregnant women.

Others believe spicy food can cause appendicitis and make breast milk spicy, oily foods can cause sore throats and peanuts can cause acne, while chicken feet – like chicken wings – can cause girls to struggle finding a husband.

Research by Girl Effect found urban girls ate little or no breakfast, snacked on “empty foods” throughout the day and thought feeling full was the same as being well nourished.

Snacks tended to be carbohydrate-heavy, leaving girls short of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Girl Effect is teaming up with global organization Nutrition International to improve girls’ eating habits via its Springster mobile app, a platform providing interactive content for girls on health and social issues.

If successful, the initiative could be expanded to the Philippines and Nigeria.

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Experts said Indonesia was a country with “a double burden of malnutrition” with some people stunted and others overweight but also lacking micronutrients.

Marion Roche, a specialist in adolescent health at Nutrition International, said the poor nutritional knowledge among girls was particularly striking given infant nutrition had improved in Indonesia.

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“Adolescent girls don’t know what healthy looks like, as health is understood as the absence of illness,” she said. “We need to give them the knowledge to make healthy choices.” (VOA)