*Blend of best Indian Sports & Culture Expo marked the conclusive celebration at the campus
*LPU Students from 28 states displayed peculiar sports activities, equipments and cultural heritage of their respective states
*Students from East, West, North & South India worked together and learnt to co-exist knowing culture of one another
*“Indian Youth must be educated and cultured through challenging sports activities to lead the world”: Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal
Jalandhar: The concluding day of annual ‘One India’ celebration at Lovely Professional University witnessed fusion of Indian Sports & Culture expo. Thousands of LPU Students from 28 states displayed peculiar sports activities, equipments and cultural heritage of their respective states, under the theme of the year “Khel India”. Different students groups worked together to highlight Sports stalwarts & celebrities of different states like Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Vishwnath Anand, Karthikyen, Abhinav Bindra, Yogeshwar Dutt & others. Sports activities practically prominent in the Indian sports arena, indigenous and present day, were also showcased. In addition, the culture, monuments, festivals and dances were also exhibited and elaborated for the sightseer students. Before declaring the celebration close, Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal honoured the participating students with prizes and certificates for their massive participation in exposition of oneness.
Addressing all, Chancellor Mittal said: “I am pleased to see the students working together while working for the peculiarities of some other state. When students from different parts of India work closely, they represent the real strength of India. This is the true culture that LPU wants to infuse among its students so that they may understand and respect each other’s culture and customs.” In context to the theme of the year and laying stress on the sports activities, he continued: “In present scenario of busy life schedule, sports are becoming an integral part of civilized, progressive work & corporate social responsibility practices.”
Students, on the one hand, demonstrated and displayed for the indigenous games of different Indian States like Choy Guti, Sholo Guti of Tripura; Pidio, Chausar of Madhya Pradesh; Asta Chamma, Daadi, Pachisi of Andhra Prades; Aadu Puli of Tamilnadu- all considered to be the original form of Chess; Insuknawar of Mizoram, Mal Khamb of Maharashtra, Salami, Gilli-danda, Jalli Kuttu( Bull Fight), Lagori, Adla Bandi(Bull Cart Race), Kutti Kollum, Boat race, Gatka, Swords fight, kite-Flying and many others. On the other, they highlighted the illustrious achievements of Indian sports stars- Olympians, Asiad Players, Coaches, Cricketers belonging to different states. This all was perfectly mingled with the famous Indian dances like Bharatnatyam, Bihu, Kaal-Belia, Jhoomar, Odishi, Mohiniattam amid the melodies of different states.
On this occasion, Pranath, an LPU student from Andhra Pradesh said: “I really got gripped to know about the sports and culture of other states of India. I have not visited many parts of India, but through this expo I have come to know about famous Mysore Tennis Stadium, wonderful Brihadishwara Temple in Tamil Nadu, Neer Mahal in Tripura, many traditional games, fairs, festivals etc. Now I greet my Tamil class-fellows with their greeting words “Wadakam”. This all has given me a great national spirit and character.”