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National Youth Festival 2011: The Memories it left behind

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Finally it was the 16th of January, when the 16th National Youth Festival ended, everyone was sad for they had enjoyed a new world in these days, as the whole India was brought to our own beautiful city of lakes for 12th to 16th January, and yes, we too were happy and proud to host such a great festival in our city for the first time, which was otherwise held in the capital cities of the states only.

Everyday there were variety of competitions at different locations of our city, along with a great night show in the Maharana Bhupal Stadium (Gandhi Ground). For those who have missed any part of the NYF, here we bring to you a complete wrap up of these Festive days

Here below I am mentioning the day by day different events that were held throughout the city. But before that take a look on two events that was open for all the days.

1. Yuvakriti: The mouth watering food festival at Shilpgram

Inaugurated by the sports minister, Mr. M.S. Gill, this was a mouth watering event open for all Udaipies; different cuisines were prepared which represented the complete India in Shilpgram itself. They were available at a price scheme of NO PROFIT NO LOSS fixed by the organisers.

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2. Adventure Camp at Railway Training College ground

This place was all about the thrill, the excitement, and huge bursts of adrenaline rushes. Para-sailing, Para-gliding, Hot-air balloon thrilled Udaipies to the extreme.

DAY-1 (12th January 2011): Opening

This day marked the opening of the youth festival in our city opening ceremony was held in Gandhi ground in the day. It was inaugurated by our hon’ble Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari, in presence of the delegates from SAARC, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Sports Minister Mr. M.S. Gill, and many more honourable guests.

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There was a march past of all the participant states in which the city witnessed the overwhelming spirit and culture of entire India

Night Show: At night, there was a laser show depicting the life of Swami Vivekananda, followed by massive boosts of fireworks, and then foot tapping performance by Punjabi singer Jasbeer Jassi.

Day-2 (13th January 2011)

The day was full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: There was a show by Sudesh Bhosle at night in the Gandhi ground.

Day-3 (14th January 2011)

A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: A heart throbbing performance by Rock Bands made people thrill to their max. The show was started by “Soulmate”, followed by “Mystic Rhythms” and finally the excited adrenaline rush was taken to the extreme by “Parikrama”.

Day-4 (15th January 2011)

A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: Much awaited performance by Sonu Nigam who made Udaipur wait for his entry for a long time. Uncontrollable crowd made the work of Police Force and the security much difficult. But finally he entered the show, and really rocked it.

Day-5(16th January 2011): Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony was held in Railway Training College ground, where there were amazing stunts performed by the Indian Armed Forces. Nine divers of Indian Air Force, from the team “AKASHGANGA”, headed by Wing Commander Jai Kishan, were dropped by an IAF Aircraft. They showed their extra-ordinary courage and performed different styles after jumping from an altitude of 5000feet carrying the Indian National Flag.

This was followed by the acrobatics and stunts, the “DAREDEVILS” team of Indian Army (Military Police). All were equipped with their “SAFED ASHWA/WHITE HORSE” which were white coloured Bullet motorcycles, and did amazing wonders with them, along with the stunts; there were two army men, dressed as jokers who amused the audience with their crazy stunts.

For a detailed photo story on the Daredevil Show, Click here

There was performance by the army band, which was followed by cultural programmes, and the prize distribution ceremony, and finally the Youth Festival said “Good Bye Udaipur” with a pledge to keep alive the spirit of “Sabse Pehle Bharat” forever.

We are thankful to our team members as well as our contributors for getting us news updates, photos and videos from across all parts of the city for all these days of the youth festival.

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National Youth Festival: The Countdown Begins

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The count down begins for the week long grand youth festival happening first time in the city of Lakes. With just three days left the spectacular event will witness vibrant colors of Rajasthan with cultural events, folk dances and other colorful events bringing in light the theme of the event for 2011 which is ‘Sabse Pehle Bharat ‘ .

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The Jointly organized event by Government of India and Government of Rajasthan will witness the participation of 5000 participants across 35 states and union territories from India. And for the first time National Youth Festival will witness the gracious presence of delegates from SAARC and ASEAN. The neighboring nations of Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also confirmed their participation in the fest.

Udaipur and Udaipies are all set to be the host of this national event and feel delightful and gracious about the ceremonial youth fest. With all the warm welcomes (Padhaaro mhare des) and mewadi “shaan and satkaar” the event will prove to be a grand success in the history of Udaipur.

The city shines like diamond to welcome its guests and give them a taste of splendid mewadi culture,and eye pleasing landscapes of the lakes, which filled and overflowed recently  The administration is all well set at its place to leave no space for any misconduct during the week long fest. Roads are being made into even the most untouched areas. Road dividers, tourist places are being painted. Almost every possible renovation work is being conducted.

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The week long fest will be inaugurated by His Excellency Dr Hamid Ansari, the Vice president of India. On 12 january 2011, His Excellency Shri Shivraj Patil, Governor of Rajasthan will be the guest of honor at the inaugural ceremony of NYF 2011.

To make it even bigger the event will Witness:

  1. Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi performing at inaugural day ceremony on January 12 night at B.N College venue.
  2. Sudhesh Bhosle and his troop to perform on the evening of January 13 at M.B. Stadium Udaipur.
  3. Rock Show on January 14 evening at M.B. Stadium which will see live band performances by Misty Rhythms, Soul mate – The Blue Band from Shillong, Parikrima Rock Band and many more.
  4. “Yuva Kriti “ the handcraft exhibition featuring the beautiful products of young artisians from all across India to be held at Seren Shiplgram  in Udaipur from January 12 to 16 as part of NYF 2011.
  5. Mouth Watering Delicacies: forty stalls serving the delicious food from all regions of India to be held at Shilpgram from January 12 to 16.
  6. The closing day ceremony will see adventurous stunts by Indian Army men performing “Daredevil show“ ,  Indian Airforce men “Skydiving” and to end with a musical Military Band performance by Indian Army.

For a detailed schedule scheme click here

A Woooowing week waiting for every one out there ……. DO NOT MISS IT….

– By Ronak Chauhan