It is time for the festival that has Mumbaiites paint the town in all colours of the rainbow. Many city students are, however, moving away from the conventional way Holi is celebrated.
More than 50 students from DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering, Vile Parle, will celebrate by spending time with children from two not-for-profit organisations – Smile and Green Yatra.
“We wanted to celebrate Holi in a different way,” said Nilay Mehta, a member of the team. “On March 8, we will have a small party for underprivileged children from both the organisations, provide a special meal for them and give them a small gift each.”
The festival will also give them the chance to stand up against the environmental hazards that it comes with. “We will not be using any colours this year. Instead, we will play with flowers and very little water,” Mehta said.
For students of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Colaba, the true joys of colour lie in nature. Soniya Muliyil, a PhD student at TIFR, spoke about the evolution of colours and the various roles they assume in the natural world at the ‘Holi Special’ session of TIFR’s bi-monthly ‘Chai and Why’ event on Sunday at Prithvi Theatre. “The festival of Holi coincides with spring when nature celebrates colours in full bloom. Our session was an insight into how colours are created in nature,” Muliyil said.
There are some others who have chosen to let their hair down for the festival and take a break from exam preparations.
Pooja Vora, a student of Sasmira’s Institute of Management Studies and Research, Worli, will be heading to a Holi-special entertainment event in Chembur that will showcase international acts, rain dances and an extensive menu. “I was there last year, too. I love playing Holi there because the mood and the ambience there is very different and entertaining,” said Vora.
Shashank Narsaria, organiser of the event, called Rang Barse 2012, said, “A lot of college students attend the event every year. Young people wish to enjoy the festival not only with colours, but with entertainment, too.”
Some city students are also going into the retro mode this Holi.
Hussaini Merchant, a second year BSc student from Wilson College will be attending a special screening of Holi songs from Hindi films organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Kala Kendra on March 10.
“It will be a different experience to watch all those popular Holi songs from Bollywood films. I have never celebrated Holi this way before,” Merchant said.