Drums filled with water, stalls laden with gulal (colour powder) and pichkaris (water guns), and crowded eating joints turned Zabeel Park, Dubai and Kalagram Grounds, Chandigarh into a massive color festival on Friday morning, with the young and old drenching themselves in the spirit of Holi.
World Holi Fest,a 2 city Holi event that happened in Dubai and Chandigarh was a first time initiation by Shashi Sumeet Innovations, brain child of Shashi Sumeet Productions.
A stellar event, it had few of India’s famous TV actors performing along with Dj’s and anchors who turned Holi into a first of its kind event.
Dubai- Aamir Ali, Eijaz Khan, Deepika Singh, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Avika Gor, Manish Ramchandani, Barkha Bisht, Neil Bhatt, Rj Tarana & Dj Hiren.
Chandigarh- Debina Bonnerji, Gurmeet Choudhary, Gaurav Khanna, Mohsin Khan, Ridhi Dogra, Nikita Dutta, Shraddha Arya, Vindhya Tiwaru & Dj Kaycee.
The festivities were also a fine example of why Dubai is considered the melting pot of all nationalities. Apart from close to 500 Indians, there were also a bunch of Filipinos, Australians and African nationals at the venue, mingling with each other in the celebrations. Same went for Chandigarh where the response was overwhelming.
“We are expecting close to 3,000 people by evening. Most of them would come in the afternoon. A crew of 400 people has been working round the clock to ensure everything runs smooth,” said Pankaj Khana, the business head of ShashiSumeet Innovations, the organizer of the World Holi Fest.
“We also have tight security all across the venue. There is one security person for every 20 people, there are cameras all around, and a medical team is on standby,” he added, completely unaware of two little children standing behind him, grinning ear to ear, waiting with water guns.