From 1956 onwards the Maruthi college of physical education is conducting children play festival in memory of Sri Ramakrishna’s centenary celebrations. This activity renders service to the children studying in panchayat union elementary schools, impart them training in various physical activities related to health, recreation and social harmony. These government schools do not offer systematic and organized physical education programs to their children due to non-availability of physical education teachers.
Around 3000 children from 60 panchayat union elementary schools from two panchayats are taught various physical exercises such as free hand exercises, flag drills, wands drills, coconut shell drills, flower stick drills, oyilattom and minor games to the devotional and patriotic songs. Also, the students are given awareness of current scientific facts through specifically designed drills.
The uniqueness of the programme is that, though the students of Maruthi College of Physical Education train the children approximately 60 schools for 20 days, a common synchronized demonstration by the children from all the schools, numbering 3000, is performed at a single venue before public without any rehearsal.