What happens when the youth of the city gather at the heart of the Capital? It results into the biggest vibrant cultural event. Called the Youth Festival, the extravaganza is being celebrated with full fervour in Delhi.
Organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages and Sindhi Academy, the festival is an initiative the Delhi government.
The first day of the carnival comprised live performances by Guru Rajendra Gangani’s disciples who performed a Kathak recital, cultural performance by students of SES Baba Nebhraj Sr Secondary School, contemporary dance performance, cultural performance by DAV public School, Vasant Kunj, cultural performance by Ability Unlimited Foundation, Hindi rock performances by the band Aayudh, laser and beam show and giant puppet shows by Ishara Puppet Theatre.
'Delhi has one of the most energetic audience and we are overwhelmed with their response,' said Hindi rock band Aayudh.
Commenting on the participation at the youth festival, Guru Syed S Pasha, of the NGO Ability Unlimited said: 'We have been preparing since a long time for this festival. The disabled children will get enormous support from the audience response. We are thankful to Sathiya Kala Parishad and Delhi government for giving this opportunity to our NGO.
'I firmly believe that the energy of the youth should be directed onto a constructive path. Young artistes in the age group 13-30 are put to good use which will help them inculcate better professional attitude in future. More so they are all achievers in various cultural fields,' said Sindhu Mishra, secretary, Sindhi Academy.
Bringing about such a festival to the fore at this mass scale has its own challenges. 'I agree, there were too many of them. Foremost being that the Delhi Government did not have a great name to pull in the crowd. Similarly managing the crowd in between breaks to keeping the audience's attention glued to the activities were difficult tasks,' added Mishra.
There are more performances lined up.