Navratri is one of the most awaited festivals in Gujarat and is seen being celebrated in full swing all across the state. RANGTAAL - The Garba night celebrated by students of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University and organised by Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership is thus an expression and in a way a perfect example of what Garba and Navratri is all about. The PDPU Navratri extravaganza involved ceaseless Garba, authentic music, delicious food and a night full of endless fun and enjoyment. The campus looked vibrant and colourful and the students dressed in their authentic and dazzling chaniya cholis / kurtas glammed up the entire event.
In addition to all the festivities, well known musicians Amit Thakkar and Dipti Desai were also present with their crews in the celebration who sang some beautiful traditional and mix gujarati songs which the students and faculties could not resist to dance to. Moreover, the event this year was held on the 13th of October, 2019, on the auspicious day of Sharad Purnima - The harvest festival of India that made it all the more special.
Furthermore, the footfall of the event was massive with almost 4000 people. Everyone present was seen dancing and grooving to melodious folk music and the entire night was a beautiful amalgamation of culture, festivity and euphoria that culminated the event for the night.
Rangtaal 2019 thus ended on a heartening note that left everyone feeling elated and was a perfect way to bid Navratri goodbye this year.
The festival of garba, dandiya, music, colours and traditional dresses, Navratri is the most awaited Festival in Gujarat. PDPU marks the celebration of this festival by Rangtaal, organised and managed by the Social and Cultural Committee. It is the one day when all the students and faculties come together to flaunt their moves and sway to the beats of dhol.
Observing a crowd of about 3000, Rangtaal is one of the most celebrated events of PDPU. The Garba Night began with Aarti at 8pm on the cricket ground. Our honourable faculty members, OSAIL members, alumni and students graced the occasion with their presence.
From boys dressed in kedyus and kurtas to girls in chaniyas PDPU danced to the merry tunes of Gujarati folk music sung by Payal Vaidya and her team members. A separate photo booth was arranged by Sorriso- The photography club of PDPU for camera enthusiasts. Stalls of various food joints were brought to the campus and students enjoyed the delicacies of Theka, Hot and Spicy wraps, Foodiza, VJ fries and Jaiswal Canteen. Like every year the Social and Cultural committee successfully managed everything ranging from music and crowd to food and beverages. The event concluded at 11:30 pm after the prize distribution ceremony with happy and content faces of all.
Rangtaal 2017 was organised on the 25th of September. The excitement of the students was mesmerising. The ground was filled till brim. The night started with Maa Ambe’s aarti at 8:15 PM, with Dr. T. K. Reddy Sir, Director General, doing the honours for the prayer, followed by Dr. T. P. Singh Sir, Rinkal Ma’am and Rohit Sir doing the Aarti. Dr. H. B. Raghvendra, Director SOT, was also present for the Aarti. The stage was all set and the crowd were all gathered, so began the Garba night. The event was hosted by students Aditya Dhingra and Mayank Singla. The performing artists for Rangtaal were Amit Thakkar – Deepti Desai and troupe. While the guys wore kurtas and kedias, the girls were all draped in beautiful chaniyacholis and bandhinis. The campus seemed like a beautiful explosion of colours.
The performing troupe were welcomed with huge cheering and claps by the multitude of people. And as they began with their medley of garba tracks, there was no stopping the thumping feet and the swaying hips. Students came up with some innovative garba steps, while the old fashioned styles like teen taali and dodhiyu were also performed as enthusiastically. To add to the frolic, food and beverage stalls had been arranged that served a variety of mouth-watering cuisines. He crowd cheered and clapped to the beats of ‘taravinashyam’, ‘maa no garbo re’ and many more.
And although the flock of tireless wasn’t stopping, the night but had to end. A terrific performance by the music troupe and the energetic performances by the students and teachers made Rangtaal just the perfect garba eve. To spice up the event, prizes worth Rs. 5000 were given away to the best garba performers and best costumes. The event ended with a vote of thanks.