College life is the best phase in one’s life. It’s the time when one is at the peak of their youth and learning the lessons of life through both hard and sweet ways to become wise for the future. Bryan Adams suitably puts it in his popular track, Summer of 69, “those were the best days of my life.”
To mark the celebration of youth, Pearl Academy of Fashion organised its annual cultural festival, Pearl Utsav in the Capital recently. The event took place at Talkatora stadium, which looked all lit up with blazing flickering colourful lights all around. And the icing on the cake was that the students of the institute looked stylish and well-groomed for the Utsav.
The event was graced by Shashi Tharoor, who was present with his wife, Sunanda Pushkar and Dr A K G Nair, Director, Pearl Academy. The festival commenced with lighting of the lamp by the chief guest for the evening, Shashi Tharoor. The ceremony is said to epitomise the spread of knowledge. “I am extremely happy and proud to be the part of this festival, which is solely organised by the students themselves. By doing this am sure they cultivate qualities of freedom and responsibility,” said Dr A K G Nair, Director, Pearl Academy.
Shashi Tharoor pointed out the gradual decline of the Sari, which was so advent a decade back. Sunanda, though, was though looking elegant donning a red sari for the occasion. Reiterating his wife’s words, Tharoor said, “People should wear according to one’s appeal. As long as one is comfortable in what one is wearing, that is ultimately fashionable. Style is the ultimate hallmark of an individual.”
Tharoor compared the fashion of USA and India and was all praise for the latter. He said, “India is not a melting pot like the US. Rather, we are like a thali, which is a combination of a variety of eatables. Similar is the case with fashion here in our country.”
As the students awaited, the cultural performances of the evening kick-started with a melodious rendition of Ganesh Stuti by a student, followed by a dance by autistic children of Ashish Centre. Their performance truly symbolised their bravery and that makes them survive in this world. Later, all combination of dances like salsa, hip-hop, semi-classical and couple ball dances were done by the students. Another student gave a soulful performance on the guitar.
It was a night to remember where Emcee Nitin kept the spirits high and cheered the crowd continuously. The event was a true celebration showcasing the cultural varieties of the youth.