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Basant Panchami Celebrations: A tapestry of wisdom, arts, and spring blossoms

Apeejay College of Fine Arts in Jalandhar radiated with joy as students embrace the spirit of spring

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In a vibrant celebration of culture and art, the students of BVoc Contemporary Dance at Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, came together to commemorate the arrival of spring and pay homage to Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts. The Spring Festival, marked by an atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm, was not merely a seasonal celebration but a heartfelt expression of reverence towards the cultural roots that bind the students together.

Basant Panchami, also known as Saraswati Puja, is a Hindu festival that holds immense cultural and spiritual significance. Celebrated on the fifth day of the lunar month of Magha, which typically falls in late January or early February, Basant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season in India.

Principal Dr. Neerja Dhingra, addressing the gathering, emphasised the significance of such events in keeping the students connected with their heritage, instilling values, and fostering an awareness of the importance of festivals.

“It is not just a festival of spring; it is a festival of transmission of energy, beauty, and nature. It is a festival heralding the arrival of Rituraj. Celebrating this festival with the students, one truly experiences the transmission of new energy,” remarked Dr. Dhingra.

The festivities included a soul-stirring rendition of hymns in praise of Maa Saraswati by Dr. Vivek Verma, setting a spiritual tone for the event. The students of BVoc Contemporary Dance, adorned in traditional attire, worshiped their ghunghrus, seeking blessings from Maa Saraswati for success and glory in the field of art.

Dr. Dhingra expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the meticulous organisation of the event, commending Dr. Mickey Verma of the PG Department of Dance for ensuring its success. The event not only showcased the talents of the students but also provided a platform for them to connect with the rich cultural tapestry that defines their identity.

The Spring festival at Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, stood as a testament to the institution’s commitment to holistic education, where cultural and artistic expressions are seamlessly woven into the academic fabric. As the colours of spring painted the campus, the students left with a sense of pride, cultural awareness, and a renewed spirit to excel in the realm of fine arts.

Anubha Singh is the Principal Correspondent with Apeejay Newsroom. Having a journalism and mass communication background, she has varied experience with renowned print publications like Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and Deccan Chronicle. Her niche expertise lies in reporting and content creation for different core areas. She can be reached at [email protected] for any communication.

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