“Sirf hungama khada karna mera maksad nahin
Meri Koshish hai ki ye soorat badalni chahiye
Mere sine mein nahin to tere seene mein sahi
Ho kahin bhi aag, lekin aag jalni chahiye”

- Lines from the poem "Aag Jalni Chaiye" by Dushyant Kumar.

‘Look, spring’s here!’ the words that kick started Sugraahi at Sri Venketeswara College. It filled everyone’s heart with hope. The volunteers, the students from different colleges and children from different NGO’s presented annual inter-college society fest- Sugraahi 2013 themed as "Youth Sensitization" Parivartan- Social Service Society of SVC hosted ‘Sugraahi 2013’ that saw several NGOs coming together in an attempt
to spread awareness about their causes. The meet was also accompanied with several exciting competitions and amazing cultural programs that added charm to the events.
Sugraahi 2013 was formally inaugurated by the College Principal, Ms. Hemlata Reddy with ‘Deep Prajwalan’ ceremony. This was followed by a short speech from the Chief Guest of the event, Harsh Mander, a retired IAS officer who while on stage admired the youth for coming out on the streets and empathizing with the recent gang rape victim but did not fail to point out as to how we fail to even recognize the crimes that take place on the same streets every single day. Mr. Mander is also the writer of “Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives” and “Fear and Forgiveness-The Aftermath of Massacre” published under Penguin India, a social activist, Director of Center for Equity Studies and Aman Biradari. In accordance with the theme of the event, Mr Mander tried to create a few “Sugraahis” from the crowd there. He urged the youth to be more sensitive about what goes around them each and every day.

Next up was a Kathak performance by Kajol (President of Indian Dance society, Nrityangana) and the sound of her ghungroos brought the crowd to its feet. Performances by the kids from NGO groups, “Dil Se” and Udayan’s Big Friend Little Friend programme were also greeted with applause from the crowd.
The event also hosted street plays; a team of volunteers from Swechha, a youth run and youth focused NGO that is engaged in environmental and social development issues acted on a self written script which focussed on trying to create awareness about growing urban waste production.

Swechha’s  Project coordinator, Deeksha Bhatia, who is a pass out from the Delhi University, talked about the need of a more pro-active society and how it is important for each and every one us to do our bit in safeguarding our planets future. Subhinav Arora one of the main organizers of the event said “The main focus of the event was to sensitize students and yes we are successful in that. As an in charge of blood donation camp, I would like to say that the students did an awesome job by sharing their love with their blood in this season of love. Their blood will directly help poor patients. We had 82 donations which will help in saving 82 multiplied by 3= 246 lives.” The second street play by Raging Streets, the Street play group from IIT Delhi, performed a ‘Nukkad Natak’ on Blood Donation awareness which was much needed as according to the doctors present from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital at the Blood Donation Camp said that, “the turnout was pretty disappointing as compared to last year’s numbers.”

The NGO Meet not only ended with many smiles but everyone had one idea in their mind after it “Let us be a part of bringing the change we wish to see in our world!”

- Sushant Talwar

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