Azadi’70 – Celebrating a Vibrant India
Politicians come and go, and each one invariably stresses on the awareness of today’s youth in their speeches. The Independence Day event Azadi’70, organised by Goonj in association with Mafia and Showstoppers, was a testimony to this awareness. “Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give, if you want to get.” These words by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose are words to live by, and Azadi’70 followed the same theme – it was a celebration of India’s progress and an occasion to highlight the problems we still face.
The event was kicked off by a group of musicians – Tanveer Singh on vocals and harmonium, Pooja Mishra on vocals, Shirley D’Souza on keys, Andrew Wilson on drums and Karan Vyas on the flute. Despite the poor acoustics of the food court, the talented crew performed soulful renditions of patriotic songs. Following them were members of Goonj, who recited short poems on the themes of patriotism, the progress of the country and the deficiencies in that progress. On a day when every Indian is pumped up emotionally, even a poem laced with political opinion drew loud cheers.
A stellar performance by Showstoppers was the highlight of the evening. With ingenious choreography on stirring tracks from the popular movie Rang De Basanti, the dance group had the entire audience, from the Director in the front row to the students in the last row, cheering them on loudly. They accurately managed to depict the emotions behind the sacrifice of those who give their lives for the country. The event came to an end with the national anthem being sung and rousing cheers of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai!” A fitting end to a day that had been all about our love for our majestic and beautiful country.