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Navratri Mahotsav – A Potpourri of Poetry, Dance, and more

MANIPAL: Navratri Mahotsav, organised by Goonj, the Hindi Literary Society of MAHE, was celebrated by bustling crowds, people dressed to the nines, and upbeat music on October 17 and 18 at Venugopal Temple Grounds. The event, in association with the Rotaract Club of Manipal and the MIT Student Council, began in the early evening.


“This year’s Navratri Mahotsav had the support of the college, and especially the students,” said Goonj’s Vice President Prakhar Bansal, “I feel like most students will feel at home when they are away from their actual home.”When asked about what people can take away about Bengali culture from the two nights, he added, “I believe we tried to replicate the way Durga Puja is celebrated in their culture to the best we could.” || Photograph Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout


The entrance was embellished with colourful rangoli and inside people assembled near the idol. Goddess Durga was adorned with marigolds and diyas lit around her. Coconuts, rice, and monetary donations were offered to her. A large diya was passed around to spread goodwill. After a short mantra was chanted by the priest, Goonj members joined in on an aarti song. The song delivered gratitude to the Goddess by calling her the ‘mother of the universe’ as she fought with ‘Mahishasura’. || Photograph Courtesy: Mridul Kalra


Ratna Sathvika, a MAFIA member, took the stage early on by singing the opening song, ‘Vande Mataram’. Later, she performed a Bharatnatyam dance and displayed her versatility. || Photograph Courtesy: Mridul Kalra


Goonj’s finest poets recited poetry about women empowerment and Goddess Durga as the night went on. At the end of the event was a Dhunuchi dance by Bengalis familiar with the art form. MAFIA – the music group of the night – dominated the stage with full vigour. The audience cheered in approval as the group performed songs like ‘Illahi’ and ‘Tu Dhoop Hai’. The event concluded with the most awaited part, a DJ night. || Photograph Courtesy: Mridul Kalra


Trees were decorated with purple, white, and golden lights as experienced Dandiya dancers taught the beginners who stood by with their Dandiya sticks. Music played through the evening and the crowd amassed as the night went on. || Photograph Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout


“All the different cultures of the north are explored in MIT’s different programmes,” said Rahul, President of Goonj. “This year’s theme is women empowerment, which we hope would wary everyone on the present scenario of women torture in India,” he stated. || Photograph Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout


The Chief Warden of MIT and the MIT Director were the chief guests of the occasion and shared the same message to the students. They expressed, “This evening belongs to you. Let good always triumph over evil, including ourselves. Let us do away with human vices of greed and hate and eradicate the bad things in us. Let us make spirituality evoke our heart by evoking your mind to be pure. We can concentrate more on studies, and our purpose of coming to Manipal will be fulfilled. We pray to Lord Durga on behalf of all students to bestow good faith in you all.” || Photograph Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout


Featured Image Courtesy: Mridul Kalra

Edited by: Karthika Venugopal

Shreemoyee Roy


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