High spirits & enthusiasm evident at 1st day of Hans Raj College's festival of inclusion
A wonderful spirit of inclusion was evident on the first day of PAHAL, the annual festival of Hans Raj College. This college is among the oldest in Delhi University.
PAHAL was started in 2012 by the Enabling Unit & Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) of Hans Raj college. The aim was to promote inclusion among students.
Newz Hook is a media partner of PAHAL'18, which is being held over two days.
Presently, the Enabling Unit & EOC has 40 students with disabilities and about 100 volunteers. The festival, PAHAL, is open to all colleges in the Delhi University. Every festival has sign language interpreters to ensure accessibility for all.
This year's festival began with a Talent Hunt, a contest open only to disabled people. Participants had to show their skills at any one talent, like singing or dancing, within a certain time limit.
This was followed by a Fashion Show, also for disabled people. The audience clearly loved this event. The hall was packed with students, who made their enthusiasm evident with loud cheers and claps.
The first day saw an interesting mix of events. Well-known Delhi theatre group Asmita also staged a play on the struggles of disabled mountaineer Arunima Sinha.
The first day ended with a performance by Varun Khullar, India's first disabled DJ, popularly known as DJ Aamish. Khullar was clearly the star of the day. His electrifying performance created magic, inspiring everyone to find their moves. No one could resist the charged-up atmosphere that he created!
This is the most awesome DJ performance I have ever seen. Varun is simply the best - Karan, Student, Shriram College of Commerce
Varun is simply the best - Sonal, Student, Miranda House
Going by the rocking response to the first day, PAHAL's mission of achieving inclusion is clearly working. Hundreds of students were seen enjoying, moving, and dancing with each other, feeling no barrier, either in mind or in body.