SITA ASHOKA PLANTATION FESTIVAL
SITA ASHOKA PLANTATION FESTIVAL WAS CELEBRATED IN ITM GOI SITHOULI CAMPUS.
FLUTE ORCHESTRA, DANCE SKIT, FOREST FRIENDS AND DISTRIBUTION OF ASHOKA PLANT TO LOCAL RESIDENTS
“HUMANS PLEASE STOP! SAVE US! WHY ARE YOU CUTTING US? WE WERE CREATED BY THE UNIVERSE TO BEAUTIFY AND RELINQUISH MOTHER NATURE, FELLOW HUMANS AND OTHER CREATURES. PLEASE UNDERSTAND OUR FEELINGS AND OUR HIDDEN VOICES. DON’T YOU KNOW! WE ARE ALSO AN INTEGRAL PART OF EVERY LIFE ON THIS PLANET. WE ARE EVEN A PART OF YOU. WHY DO U WANT TO PUT YOUR OWN KIND IN DANGER OF GLOBAL CATASTROPHE BY CUTTING US? PLEASE UNDERSTAND, THERE IS STILL TIME. IF WE ARE CUT DOWN, THEN DUE TO RISE IN TEMPERATURE AND GLOBAL WARMING, THE EARTH WILL HEAT UP, WHICH WILL RESULT IN EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANIC ERRUPTIONS ETC. PLEASE SAVE US! THERE IS STILL TIME! PLEASE SAVE US!”
These were the words of the last tree which was cut down due to human’s selfish nature. An emotional act was presented, aimed towards the preservation of vegetation on earth and humanistic destruction. The opportunity was of Sita Ashoka Plantation Festival. Directed by Hozaigamba Singh, the act was presented by professional artists on stage. The program started early morning witnessing the presence of city’s top artists, environmentalists, social workers and other eminent dignitaries. Dancing artists with Ashoka plant in hands paved the way for other people during the plantation.
The formal beginnings of the program were initiated by Artist Kartikeya Basu who was especially invited from New Delhi for his talent with flute. He captivated the audience by playing “Raga Dwesha” and other prominent master pieces of Indian Classical music. His performance was followed by Manipuri Artists who elevated everyone’s spirit by performing a folk song of Manipur. The performances can be termed as ‘extra-ordinary’, for the audience was glued ecstatically to the proceedings.
During the conclusion, Chancellor Rama Shankar Singh, gifted saplings of Ashoka plant to the interested folks and then made them vow to protect the plant and nourish it in an open atmosphere where it can flourish and grow. Famous for its forts and medieval buildings, Gwalior had just 2 Ashoka plants in the entire city. Therefore, on this occasion, 100 saplings were brought especially from Kolkata to be planted here. Professor RK Jain who came especially from New Delhi for the occasion was accompanied by Vice Chancellor Dr. KK Dwivedi, Director Dr. Meenakshi Majumdar and Registrar Omveer Singh.
A hilarious and unique Mango Appetite competition was also organized during the occasion, where the participants were supposed to eat as much mangoes as they can. In 20 minutes, at least 5 mangoes were supposed to be finished without leaving any residual other than the seeds. Men and women equally participated in this hunger contest. Some of them were eating mangoes while some were just sipping as much pulp as possible without any break. In the end, Jitendra won the contest by eating 8 full mangoes. He was followed by Geetanjalii and Raj Lakshmi who ate 7 mangoes each. The winners were awarded according to the merit and order of their ranking.