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‘Such festivals foster arts, community’

Mumbai loves festivals, and now the city is hosting its own nine-day event called the Mumbai Festival, showcasing its diverse cultural heritage. The festival is being organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Ministry and curated by Sabbas Joseph and Wizcraft, with Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, serving as the chairman of the advisory committee. The festival aims to celebrate Mumbai's vibrancy, inclusivity, and greatness of heart, and will feature a wide range of events and performances. Mahindra believes that festivals can serve multiple purposes, including promoting the city's brand, increasing tourism, fostering arts and talents, and building a sense of community and unity.

‘Such festivals foster arts, community’
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 06:34 AM IST
ByMalavika Sangghvi

Paralysed dahi handi player moved to Bhaktivedanta Hospital

A 25-year-old dahi handi participant, Suraj Kadam, who sustained a cervical spine injury leading to quadriplegia, has been moved to Bhaktivedanta Hospital for rehabilitation after a month-long hospitalization at KEM Hospital. Suraj's family decided to shift him due to lack of nursing support at KEM Hospital. Suraj's siblings have given up their studies and work to be with him. The doctors estimate that it will take four to five months of physiotherapy for Suraj to regain some movement. This year, there have been 195 serious injuries among dahi handi revellers.

Paralysed dahi handi player moved to Bhaktivedanta Hospital
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 07:22 AM IST

Govinda set to be discharged but left battling quadriplegia

On September 7 this year, Suraj Kadam (25) fell from a pyramid, a fall that left him a quadriplegic (paralysed below the chest). On September 24, he was moved to KEM Hospital’s orthopaedic ward after undergoing surgery for compressed nerves and a fracture and spending close to three weeks in the ICU. While the doctors are hoping to discharge him within a week, his siblings—Sampada (23) and Sujal (18)—are not sure how they will manage him alone. The Kadam siblings lost both their parents to Covid-19

“Since the accident, Sujal has not gone home and I have not gone to work,” said Sampada, who works in a beauty parlour. “The day Dada underwent surgery, Sujal had his exams. He had to skip them. It does not look like he will be able to appear for his board exams either, as he is not attending college.” (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 12:26 PM IST

Visually impaired Govindas show they can do it too

A group of visually impaired Govindas in Mumbai participated in Dahi Handi celebrations, forming pyramids using sound and touch. The group consists of around 40 men and boys from various religious backgrounds, including Muslims and Christians. They have been training for two months and have participated in the event for the past five years. The group also organizes other events and activities, such as orchestras and sports games.

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Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:41 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Mumbai dodges major Dahi Handi injuries despite heavy rains

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) report, a total of 107 Dahi Handi enthusiasts received medical attention, with only six of them requiring hospitalisation. This year’s figures stand in stark contrast to the 2022 statistics when Mumbai witnessed 222 Dahi Handi injuries and three fatalities.

Mumbai dodges major Dahi Handi injuries despite heavy rains
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:33 AM IST
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