The celebrations for the Onam festival commenced with the exquisite variety of ‘Athapookalam,’ the traditional floral carpet, designed in various corners of the college by the students from all batches. Various cultural programs like dance, songs, fashion show, skit, and the festive dance, ‘Thiruvathira’, were displayed on stage by the students and faculty members.
A unique and unbelievable sight was the orphanage girls and boys dancing individually in their own places when the university students invited the little ones to join them in the group. Forgetting all differences in age, class and education, the mixed group danced enthusiastically, to which the ‘Chendamelam’ responded passionately. Seeing this, one of the foreign students said, “I will never forget this scene – Hindustan has made me understand that these kids of the orphanage are our own siblings.”
The function was followed by ‘Onam sadya,’ the traditional meal of Kerala served on the day of Onam with about twenty curries, ‘pappadam,’ ‘pazham’ and ‘payasam’ served for all. The kids of the orphanage participated in it with such relish that it was obvious from their expression that their joy was enhanced by the importance given to them by the institution.
The program was a tremendous success indeed. Thanks to the commitment, coordination and cooperation of the students for which they had been doing the spade work weeks ahead. Gratitude to the Management in general, for their invaluable support for the smooth conduction of the programme. As the function came to a close, there was the smile of satisfaction on every lip for bringing in a touch of Kerala in their hearts and a long lasting memory of happiness in their minds. “Thanks to Hindustan University for bringing our home to us at a time when we are far away from home,” said a Keralite.