‘One India’, an event to celebrate India’s cultural diversity, inaugurated today at LPU campus


* Thousands of Students from 28 states of India studying at LPU showcased their culture/heritage
*Celebrating theme of the year is “Khel India”; Students got clustered to display sports contributions of respective Indian States









Jalandhar: Thousands of students from 28 states of India studying at LPU represented ‘Mini India’, today, at the Campus during celebration of much awaited annual cultural show ‘One India’.  This is the fourth year of this unique event which is celebrated every year in the campus to bring students of different states together and to uphold the fundamental of India-Unity in Diversity. To becelebrated on two days under the theme “Khel India”, the celebration is being held through two parts- Cultural Showcase and One India Expo.  One India commenced with a huge colourful cultural procession starting from one corner of the campus to reach to another. During the procession thousands of students wearing colorful state dresses, representing their respective states danced to the local tunes.
Students of different states have also set up different stalls, showcasing different states for their main sports contributions. Other highlights of the inaugural day remained folk dances of India, display of Sports icons, twilight games of India, theatrical representations and melodious music show.
Chief Guest of the day, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, who lighted the torch to inaugurate the event, said: “This organization is indeed a great celebration for India’s dominant strength of Unity in Diversity. I am happy to share that LPU is true representative of India, as students studying here are from all the Indian states.  And, through celebrations like One India, University preserves the true spirit of cultural diversity, harmony, togetherness, energy and patriotic enthusiasm. The way students co-exist for different activities, whether related to academics, sports or any other field makes us feel proud.” Mentioning about the theme of the year, he said: “In order to celebrate the achievements made at London Olympics-2012, which have made the country proud by ensuring biggest-ever haul of medals, theme this year is about sports.    As India, LPU is also celebrating Indian heroes - Sushil Kumar, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Gagan Narang and others. The fantastic portrayal and depiction of illustrious sports activities, sports men and women of India, this year, deserve special kudos for all the participating students.” 
Illustrative, different groups of students represented different sports: Haryana for Boxing, Punjab for Athletics, J & K for Cycling, Uttaranchal for Discus Throw, Delhi for Billiards & Squash;  Cluster 2 took Mizoram for Jumps, Meghalaya for Badminton, Assam Football, Manipur Gymnastics & Nagaland for Tae-Kwando;  Cluster 3 represented Bihar for Tug of war, Rajasthan for Shooting, Jharkhand Hockey, West Bengal Mountaineering, Sikkim Archery  and  Uttar Pradesh Basket-Ball;  Cluster 4 showcased  Madhya Pradesh for Judo, Odisha Karate, Gujrat Volley-Ball, Tripura Table Tennis & Chhatisgarh for Power Lifting and Cluster 5  exhibited Kerala for Athletics, Goa for Soft Ball, Maharashtra for Cricket Tamil-Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for Chess and weightlifting and Karnataka for Tennis . 
The stalls, depicting each state, have been colorfully decorated exhibiting states peculiarities, particularly in games and athletics. Also separate kiosks were put on view the ornaments, dresses, and the food-items.
  The stall of Manipur exhibited its main sports activity POLO with its indigenous games MUKNA (Just like Wrestling) & Yubilakpi (Manipuri Rugby). Cycling and Boat racing were the other activities displayed with the help of charts, models and sculpting.Manipuri students Joy and Denish explained about the rich culture of their state to the visitors that its rich culture excels in every aspect as in martial arts, dance, theater and sculpture. They also told about classical form of Manipuri dance, which is based and inspired by the theme of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha's love story and the devotion of the Gopis.
Similarly, Nagaland Stall was displayed as land of festivals. Focussing mainly on the Taekwon-do, the traditional game of the state Naga-kiti-do was beautifully explained by students Esther Viro, Aviholi Sumi, Niwe Mero, Inakoli and others. They also informed about traditional dance ‘Aphelou’. They told that Nagaland is a mountainous state, inhabited by the Naga tribes.
On this celebration, International students, studying at LPU from more than 26 countries, felt it to be a great event to witness. They felt as if they have visited the whole of India on the campus itself.  They unanimously held “One India” as a marvelous experience, as it made them more pragmatic with an elaborated insight into how India exists united. Bethelam Fikre from Ethiopia said: “This year’s theme has taught me much about India, its Sports culture and achievements made in this field. I have attained much in a single day’s celebration, which I could have gathered only by reading hundreds of books, newspapers and magazines. I used to think that India is all about cricket only but this event has given me a different perspective.”
Other LPU official present during the event included Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal and Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar. 

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