This year for Diwali, AGGS celebrated the festival of lights by hosting an amazing event – UTSAV 2022. This was two nights of vibrant performances, colourful traditional food and an open dance floor.
There was a range of performances that students showcased on stage, including an acapella Bollywood mashup by AGGS’ Bollywood Singers, an extravagant version of charades with students from AGSB Hindu, Sikh and Jain Society, and a play showcasing the Ramayana with pupils from SGS’ HJSBS. This was all hosted by two charismatic AGGS students that entertained the audience for the first half of the night.
Later that evening, food was served including homemade mango lassi and crispy samosas – which acted as a short break before the real show began – a dance floor open to all students, teachers and parents!
Khushi Shah, a food volunteer described the event,” I think it was an amazing opportunity for people of different cultures and backgrounds to come together to celebrate Diwali. The atmosphere was incredible and I can’t wait till next year.”
During Diwali, Hindus celebrate the triumph of good over evil and today, that evil takes the form in some of the problems our society faces. This much-anticipated event was held not only to celebrate the diversity and multiculturality of our local schools but also to fund two charities that we felt very strongly about – Centrepoint and Wythenshawe food bank. Centrepoint is an organisation that supports young homeless people and its aim is take rough sleepers off the streets; The second charity they chose to raise money for was Wythenshawe food bank, a charity more close to home. Especially during the winter months, we thought it was our duty to help those who really need it.
A massive thank you to Hindu Society leaders Aahi S and Vidhya N, who started planning UTSAV 2022 months ahead of the event. Their hard work behind the scenes paid off when they managed to raise over £4200, almost double the amount they raised last year!
Written by Jahnavi P, Y12
Photos taken by Akash S
AGGS MEDIA TEAM