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Flocking of Flowers & Flower People of Doon Valley

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Vasantotsav hues with Doon University students – Day 1

By Himanshi Kaintura & Shreejal Semwal

Pics courtesy: Bhumesh Bharti, Raj Bhavan & Doon University Mass Comm students.

 

Dehradun, 1 Mar: It’s a seamless bond of unity between man and nature, mingling of human hearts with stream of nature’s joy and music. The synthesis of cultures, customs, philosophies, religions. The annual celebration of life in all its hues has arrived in the serene beauty of Dehradun’s Raj Bhawan!

The flowers and flower people have arrived here, yet again, and the leisurely, musical journey has kicked off as the crisp winter air begins to soften, and the first signs of spring paint the landscape with vibrant hues. The sprawling lawns are abuzz with melodious tunes of Vasantotsav, the three-day annual festival which is a captivating fusion of culture, tradition, and artistry. Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the Himalayas, the Raj Bhawan sets the stage for a grand extravaganza that showcases the rich heritage and diverse cultural tapestry of Uttarakhand. The ‘Spring Festival’ is a cherished tradition here that marks the transition from the chilly winters to the blossoming vitality of spring, symbolising renewal, rejuvenation, and the promise of new beginnings. Here the celebration takes on a grandeur befitting its significance, drawing visitors from far and wide to be part of the splendour.

The festivities today kicked off with an enchanting procession, featuring folk dancers adorned in colourful attire, musicians playing traditional instruments, and artisans showcasing their craftsmanship. The air was filled with the aroma of fresh flowers, the sound of laughter and joy reverberating through the gardens of the Raj Bhawan. As attendees gathered to witness the spectacle, they were transported to a world where time seems to stand still, and the essence of spring permeates every corner. Vasantotsav gives the message of connecting with nature and encourages people to protect the environment; the local products of Uttarakhand agriculture and horticulture at display added essence to the concept of self-employment, sustainability, and health.

Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd) inaugurated the festival amidst the excitement of thousands gathered there. As the people jostled around to see the VIPs, a series of captivating performances flowed one after another. Through their remarkable yoga formations, the students of Dev Sanskriti Vishvavidhyalay embodied the essence of yoga, seamlessly blending physical agility with spiritual enlightenment. Their performance served as a powerful reminder of the union between mind, body, and spirit, inspiring all present to embrace the transformative power of this ancient practice. The Gorkha Regiment presented a captivating display of the Khukri dance, intertwining martial arts with cultural symbolism to honour, both, tradition and the sacrifices of the martyrs. Through their graceful and precise movements, they paid homage to the valour of the brave souls who have defended the nation, embodying the spirit of courage and resilience that defines their regiment. The ITBP showcased a blend of martial arts expertise, presenting demonstrations of Karate alongside other self-defence techniques, interspersed with daring stunts.

Notably, this exhibition marked a milestone as it included participation from Basic Trainees, adding a fresh perspective to the display of skill and discipline. Artists from Almora showcased the age-old tradition of Chholiya dance, delighting the audience with their mesmerising performance.

The Vasantotsav offers a rich tapestry of activities, including vibrant competitions like painting and rangoli. Here, artists of all ages unleash their creativity onto canvas, each stroke narrating a unique story and adding to the festival’s artistic charm. The rangoli competition transforms the ground into a colourful spectacle, fostering community spirit as participants come together to adorn the venue with intricate designs. Additionally, the festival features stalls showcasing organic produce, promoting sustainable farming practices and healthy living choices. Amidst the festivities, the Cyber Crime Cell’s stall raises awareness about cybersecurity, empowering visitors to protect their online identities. Moreover, stalls displaying diverse flower species captivate attendees, evoking wonder and appreciation for nature’s beauty. In essence, Vasantotsav is a celebration of art, culture, and environmental consciousness, leaving a lasting impression on everyone.

As visitors immersed themselves in the festivities, “We not only create cherished memories but also gain valuable insights and inspiration to carry forward, embodying the spirit of creativity, resilience, and collective responsibility,” said a teacher from a college in Dehradun. Vasantotsav stands as a testament to the enduring power of festivals to uplift and unite, leaving an indelible mark on hearts and minds.