Jashn-e-Aazadi: Goonj Celebrates Independence Day
On the evening of August 15, the MIT food court saw an overwhelming crowd of students as Goonj, the only Hindi literary society of Manipal celebrated Jashn-e-Aazadi on the occasion of Independence Day.
A catena of performances graced the evening as patriotic songs in the background set the mood. The event set off with a performance of Vande Mataram. Shortly after, Vansh Tripathi and Kartikay Chaurasia, engineering students of Manipal Institute of Technology but poets by passion presented poems encompassing the struggles of freedom fighters for Utopian India to corrupt politicians eating the country like termites. “This is the beauty of the event, every performance of theirs sends the audience home with a message,” said Steffi, a 3 rd year Bio-Medical student of MIT. Stories of freedom fighters like Rani Lakshmi Bai, Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh and few other war heroes were also reeled.
Members of The Music and Fine Arts Club (M.A.F.I.A), performed a string of patriotic songs. The Showstoppers followed with an act on war heroes and honorable sacrifices for the land. “I immensely enjoyed the event. As my first event in Manipal, it kept up to my expectations. It has set the standards high,” said Riya Jain, a first year MIT student. “I especially appreciate that the entire event is in Hindi and the club is trying to uplift the language,” added Ambika Maheswari, another first year student.
The last act of the evening was a narration by Nishit Singh, a third year student of MIT, and also the literary head of the club, about war heroes who inspired him throughout his life. The event was concluded by the announcement of the new core of the club. The evening was graced by the presence of Praveen Shetty, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Management as chief guest.
“The event was warmly welcomed by the students this year. We’ve grown as a club too. The official events are restricted. Jashn-E-Aazadi aims to send the message out,” said Nishit Singh.
“English was brought to us like a bride. We must respect the bride (English) but if we can’t respect our mother (Hindi), our roots, then where do we stand in the world?” said Rahul Ravi Shankar Singh, President of Goonj urging people to embrace their native language and culture.
Featured Image Courtesy: Venish Momaya
Edited by: Drishti Sanyal