Pic: Sagnika Mukherjee dancing to Bollywood at Yugal Kunj.
Yugal Kunj celebrated its first anniversary on September 3rd and 4th with a carnival style celebration highlighting Indian culture, religion, arts and food. The Mela was held on September 3-4from 10.30 Am to 8.30 PM at 2769 Duluth Hwy, Duluth, GA 30096. It was a carnival style celebration with dozens of carnival style kid and family friendly activities including train ride, inflatables, carousels, face painting, balloon twisting, Mehandi, games and much more. There was a rich cultural program with performances by local dances from various dance academies.
There were many programs for the youth to keep them engaged and inspired. There was a buffet of kid activates namely magic Show, Buggy Ride, Face painting, Amazing Talking parrot, Train Ride, Raffle prizes, Jumping zone and slides. There was also a painting competition for the children. The cultural program began with the blessing of Didi Ji. Many dance schools from across Atlanta send their dance teams and the audience enjoyed every bit of it. Sagnika Mukherjee enthralled the audiences with her dance on Bollywood dance medley. There was a classical Bharatanatyam dance performed by Sudkshina Mukherjee and her team. Another highlight of the show was the dance performances by the students of Gurukul. The audience cheered as Gurukul students danced to the music and rhythm of traditional Bollywood songs. Many other dance schools send their teams and the crowd enjoyed every bit of it. There were Hindu devotional songs or Bhajans sung by volunteers.
The evening of September 4th was an enticing evening of melodies. There was a Bollywood musical concert from 6.30 Pm to 8.30 PM. The winners of the Indian idols of Atlanta gave a tribute to ‘The Great Maestros’: RD Barman, SD Barman, and Madan Mohan with their soulful singing.
Food is a big part of the Indian celebration. There was fresh homemade vegetarian food available in the stalls run by the volunteers. There was a delicious assortment of food such as Dosa, Pav Bhaji, Idly, Puri, samosa, Chat, and drinks such as sugarcane juice, lassi, mango drinks available throughout the day. All the festival was managed by volunteers. It is a supreme feat of human endeavor brining so many people from different background coming together with the sole purpose of promoting Indian culture, arts and religion. In the end the organizers thanked all the volunteers for their hard work and all the audience for coming and supporting Yugal kunj.
Pic: Siddheshvari Devi Ji (Didi Ji)
There was a spiritual discourse given by Siddheshvari Devi Ji (Didi Ji). Didi Ji is the founder of Radha Madhav Society. Radha Madhav Society is part of the worldwide mission of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat , a non-profit organization founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj to provide a deeper understanding of Hinduism and highlight the wonderful resources of this eternal religion and its all-encompassing culture. The Radhe Krishna temple began as an initiative of Didi Ji, who is well-known to the local Atlanta population as well as a respected figure in the US, Canada, Trinidad and other parts of the world. The temple is spread over 15 acres of lush green landscape of Duluth in Atlanta. Yugal Kunj aims to bring religion and faith to people of all ages. Yugal Kunj aspires to provide a temple for practicing devotion; a community center for personal development for children as well as adults, and a second home where families can spend quality time together in picturesque serene surroundings.
Indian children growing up in the USA find it hard to understand Indian values and culture. Yugal Kunj runs many activities for the children so that they can understand, appreciate and feel proud of their Indian roots and ethnicity. Gurukul is the educational wing of Yugal Kunj. The goal of Gurukul is to take children and teens step by step through the various phases of Indian culture, and help them develop a long lasting faith and understanding of Hindu religion. The classroom has state of the art technology staffed by dedicated teachers. Students learn how to live a life in harmony with Vedic principles. Children are taught about Hindu religion, ethics and morals. They also learn about important Hindu festivals. Classes are also offered in Sanskrit, Dholak, Harmonium and Vocals. For more information on Gurukul contact Devyani Telang at (404) 510 – 4403 or email@example.com
Here is a video link to Sagnika Mukherjee’s dance at Yugal Kunj Mela :
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD, ABIHM, ABPN, is an American Board certified – Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He holds adjunct faculty position at Emory University School of Medicine; University of Georgia & Georgia Regents University, and University of Central Florida School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a freelance writer who lives in Atlanta.
Report by Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD
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