A Revival of Culture – Gokulashtami

A Revival of Culture – Gokulashtami

To celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, the Rotaract Club of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra organized the event ‘Gokulashtami’, an extravaganza filled with the colours of enthusiasm, zeal and competence. The historic ritual follows that an earthen pot filled with yoghurt or any other milk-based delicacy is hung from an inconvenient or elusive height. Young men and boys form teams making a human pyramid as an attempt to reach or break the pot. The event reminisces the legend that Lord Krishna used to steal butter and other milk products as a child from houses in Vrindavan with the help of his friends.

The excitement amongst the apprehensive crowd was prevalent from the very beginning.

The event took place on 24th August, 2019 in Shorbagh-I and was flagged off at 2:00 P.M. With a total of 16 participating teams, the excitement amongst the apprehensive crowd was prevalent from the very beginning. The venue for the event was beautifully adorned and the attempt to boost the traditional effect magnified its beauty enormously. The venue teemed with students from across all batches who had turned up witness this delightful event which enumerated drastically to its already radiant environment. The event started with G. Ayush Kumar, the president of the Rotaract Club breaking the ceremonial coconut and within minutes the atmosphere was amplified with catchy songs playing in the background and students grooving to their tunes. The hosts for the event, Chaitanya Heliwal, Shivangi Goswami, Shivansh Goyal, Tanweer and Tarun Tewari acquainted the audience with the names of the participating teams and the rules for the event. The team to finish the task within the least possible time would be declared the overall winner. Moreover, points were to be deducted for multiple number of attempts and brownie points were awarded to the teams which entertained the audience the most.

Brownie points were awarded to the teams which entertained the audience the most.

As the teams proceeded on their way to complete their tasks, water balloons and colours were thrown at them from every direction by the audience. As the audience hollered and cheered the teams, each team strived to give their best amidst the cutthroat yet healthy competition. The ‘handi’ was filled with coloured water mixed with glitter. The organizers had left no stone unturned to ensure complete safety measures for the proper execution of the event. Finally, after a tremendous performance by all the teams, Team Soul, comprising of all K19 members emerged as the overall winner. A special mention was made for the team ‘Satyug ke farishtay’.

The event came to an end on a joyous note at 5:00 P.M. with the competitors and the audience moving to the tunes of the live DJ.

Reporter– Apoorva Nanda
Editor– Triparna Roy
Picture Credits- Photographic Society, BIT Mesra

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