By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 19 Mar: Nanhi Dunya (The International Movement of Children & their Friends) is a place where all festivals related to mankind are celebrated with enthusiasm, providing endless opportunities to children to learn and explore. Keeping up with the tradition, a colourful ‘Holi Utsav’ was celebrated with fun and fervour at Nanhi Dunya, Mother House, at Dalanwala. All the guests experienced pleasure in seeing the tradition of celebrating festivals in natural, creative and simple ways.
Nanhi Dunya was artistically decorated by Satvika Goyal and children with handmade and natural articles of craft like butterflies, birds, umbrellas and colourful earthen pots, which gave a special aura to the atmosphere. All the participants together made beautiful and colourful rangolis. The programme commenced with lighting of the lamp by the Guests of Honour, Beatrice from France, Captain Ajay Sahroop, Col Ravi Mehrotra, V Bajaj and Asif Khan.
The celebrations of ‘Holi Utsav’ began with the fusion of colours and music with the beautiful combination of dance performances making a huge colourful abstract painting by the artists. The children of play group presented a dance-drama, ‘Natwar ne raas rachai re’, with joy. Special-aided children, in harmony with other children, enacted a play giving the message of health, hygiene and a green environment. Everyone cheered the artists for the marvelous performance.
A pleasant performance on ‘Mat maaro Shyam pichkari’ by the little dancers of 3 to 5 years of age group was applauded by all. Other dance and song performances included ‘Holi khelan ayo Kanaihya’. A dance performance on a kajri depicting the life of Krishna at Vrindavan was given by a young group. The programme concluded with the guests playing Holi with natural colours and dancing to dandiya garba raas with the artists enthusiastically. Delicious sweets and bhoj made by the Nanhi Dunya community were distributed among all.
Kiran Ulfat Goyal, Chief Promoter, Nanhi Dunya, said that each child in society was a valued heritage of the country. All the children had hidden talents in them and at Nanhi Dunya these got an opportunity to be explored. VK Goyal, Mrs Mehrotra, Rupesh Tillu, Abhimanyu and Surbhi were among those present on the occasion.