Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blending with the Navratri and Durga Pujo, Dusshera culminates into a grand finale..

Every year with the advent of autumn, the air is filled with a peculiar joy. It vibrates the arrival of Goddess Durga with the onset of Mahalaya and its time to go in a frenzy mode with Dandiya Raas and Garbas of Navratri everywhere around. The Hindu festival of nine nights dedicated to the glorification of Shakti, the feminine form of the Divine, its celebration time not only for Gujaratis but is an ensemble of all religions these days. It’s a time to wear colorful costumes and perform a special type of vigorous dance known as garba and or dandiyas.

Come the sixth day of the Navratri and its Durga puja time for all the hardcore Bongs (read Bengalis) who have waited eagerly for the arrival of Maa Durga with her full family regalia. The joy is not only contagious but can be seen everywhere. Even the darkest corners of the city get lightened up before culminating on the 10th day with the festivities of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera as it signifies the conquest of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.

And while the Navratri, Pujo fever and Dussehra gripped the Nation, one question we couldn’t help but ask “What does Dussehra mean to you?” Let’s ask some of our celebs what it means to them and how do they celebrate it. While it is obviously about “Victory of Good over Evil” it is also about killing the demon (Ravana) inside said one. Here’s a sneak peak as we at Films & TV World wish all of you out there a Happy Dussehra...

Hira Mehta
Durgotsav at the Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai is worth a mention. The beautiful murti has been drawing crowds for years now... Organized by the famous playback singer Abhijeet and supported by a team of amazing people, since past 21 years, this festival is being held and thousands visit it. Not to forget the free bhog each afternoon. Already Sugandha Mishra, Dr Sanket Bhonsle, KK have performed in the last 2 days and the Icing on the cake was Govinda who not only danced to a medley of his songs but even sang some. I am lucky to live around the corner and have been visiting this pandal from the very first year to seek blessings.

Nishant Singh
Dussehra, apart from being a cultural festival which preaches the victory of good over evil, is also a great way for every section of the society to come together and be part of something. It's a sense of belonging and happiness for the society as a whole. The smile it brings on the faces of children when they are the effigy of Ravana being burst into flames is priceless. The whole family gets an occasion to shop and decorate their life. The best part is getting that much needed break from the monotony of everyday life.

Sumit Bansala
Dussehra is celebrated to rejoice the victory of DHARM on ADHARM, SATYA on JHOOT, NYAY on ANYAY and ACCHAI on BURAI. A time for celebration, a time for victory of good over bad and a time when world see the example of power of good, let us continue the same “true” spirit. Wishing all a very Happy Dussehra.

Rishi Bhutani
The significance of Dussehra festival is the triumph of good over evil. It also depicts the immortal love and respect of Lord Rama and Goodess Sita. For me it's a synonym of family time. Every year I spend this festival with full zeal and enthusiasm by revisiting tradition and relishing the moments with family and friends. By God's grace, I am shooting during this festive time for my 3 upcoming projects but like every year I am going to donate some sweets and clothes to share my happiness with others. On this auspicious day of Dussehra my prayers and wishes for all.. Happy Dussehra folks, Love and Light to all.

Mumtaz Khan
Fashion Designer
Dussehra is the festival of celebrating victory over devil. This is the festival to be celebrated by everyone. We must fight whole year with evil habits, evil power and all adversities and celebrate its victory on Dussehra. If we try to kill all evil things from our life, our future and this world would be a place to live happy and peacefully.

Shameem Khan
Everyday sun rise to give us a message that darkness will always be beaten by light. Let us follow the same natural rule and enjoy the festival of good defeats evil. Having said this, on this auspicious occasion, I wish the color, bliss and beauty of this festival be with you throughout the year! Happy Dussehra…!!

Armaan Khan
Model & upcoming star
As you try to carve your niche in the glamour and film industry, mostly many cannot make it possible to celebrate it with their families and friends, especially if you happen to have shifted from another city. Since last few months, I haven't been able to meet my family and friends to celebrate the festivals with them. Though this does bring in a bit of dissent, but festivals like Dussehra do motivate you that you can conquer anything if you are fully focused and concentrated. This brings in a ray of hope, but yes, I do miss my family & friends during such festivities. Love you all & Happy Dussehra.

Karan Singh Chhabra
Film & TV Actor & Anchor
One evil that needs to be history - drug abuse and alcoholism. Dussehra for me is victory of good over evil.. and one evil that I wish we good rid of is drug abuse and alcoholism. There’s a tavern every few kilometers and there are not just youngsters, rather people from all age groups, are hooked. Imagine the number of lives and families being ruined because of addiction or the drunken driving accidents. This is one evil that we need to overcome first and foremost. Once we are in our senses, only then can we take on other ills plaguing the society. In childhood we used to go to see Raavan burning and then eat the famous sweets, jalebi’s etc. near Punjab University, Chandigarh... These days I would catch up with my friends on this day and celebrate the festival here in Mumbai.

Rishank Tiwari
I have known Dussehra for its ethical reasons - the win over evil and light conquers the darkness. Usually we all celebrate this festival with our families as we all family members get together to celebrate this pooja and positivity. But practically nowadays when maximum people are far away from their home and fail to reach their families, social media has taken over to wish each other to celebrate and too see each other’s happenings. Happy Dusshera.!

Zuber Kamaal Khan
Ex-Mr. India, Film & TV Actor
This festival is very special for me as it brings the lights for me till Diwali as I take new things on Dussehra. This time I took my new iphone 7 on this auspicious occasion and if I get time I will go to watch Raavan dahan too with my family and friends. Dussehra is the winning of good over bad. Wish u all a Very Happy Dusshehra. Wishing Lots of love and Prosperity to all.

Dr. Debashish Naha
Being a "Probashi Baangali" I have spent most of life celebrating Durga utsav outside Bengal only- firstly in Nagpur and now in Mumbai. This is time too went around the town visiting many pandals all over the town. The decorations, the beautiful devi murtis and the food stalls were just awesome. As we Bengalis love to eat it’s great to enjoy the typical Bengali delicacies like dimer devil, bhetkir cutlet, manghshor chop, rolls etc. One more thing that amazes me here in Mumbai is the enthusiasm that the people in general have, whether it’s during Ganapati, Durga utsav or any festival for that matter. We can see huge number of people at all the places enjoying themselves, oblivious of the time or the crowded conditions. Hats off to the organizers too for managing the huge crowds so efficiently. So overall a great experience, though honestly I miss the personal involvement that I had in Nagpur especially in the cultural functions and of course the adda with old friends.

Sandesh Gour
First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone Happy Dusshera & Vijayadashmi. The festive spirit begins nine days in advance, as people revel in the spiritual divinity of Navratri, invoking the blessings of Goddess Durga. On the tenth day, Navratri culminates as Dusshera, marking the victory of good over evil and positivity over negativity.
Every year I celebrate this festival with much excitement and fervour at my hometown in Nagpur with my entire family. We exchange Gold leaves and take blessings from our elders. As lord Ram returned to Ayodhya from Lanka on Dussehra and people welcomed him with Diyas (lamps), I too wish to spread the same light around – especially to the people at old age home and to the poor childrens who see no hope in their future. If possible do spend your quality time with them and make them feel wanted. Making such people happy by not only giving them surprise gifts but also your time is how I like to spend my time on this auspicious day of one of India's biggest festival.                       

Shakespeare King
Model & Actor
Durga maa has always symbolised power and hope for us. Being born and brought up in Orissa, Durga Puja always has been memorable as it brings holidays and a free festive spirit for us. After I shifted to Mumbai, I started missing my family more and this festival is a good connect which brings back all the beautiful memories. My parents also get holiday from work hence it's a good family gathering time too. 
Luckily I got a chance to play lord Rama in a play and thus I got closer to mythology. I understand Ram and Ravan better now each having its own unique character - Good versus evil and the triumph of good. Durga Puja is also a good lesson to be detached from this materialistic world. Every year Durga maa comes and cleanses the world with its Visarjan (Vijaya Dashami) giving us hope joy & a better place to live in.

Nakul Tiwadi
I have very fond memory of festival of Dussehra as we use to have our own Ram Leela in my hometown, and on the last day we use to make Raavan by collecting funds from whole society. It has special importance as it used to bring each of us together no matter where we all came from.

Amal Sehrawat
Model & Actor
On the occasion of Dussehra effigy of Ravana is burnt in India to celebrate the victory of good over evil. On this occasion I want to give a simple message to all: “This Dussehra burn the Ravana inside you!”

Anuj Pareek
Vijya Dashami is the day of good defeating evil. But what is good or evil? When we say creation is the balance of equal forces, evil becomes a necessary part of creation. The existence of Ram is only relevant till Raavan is there. As part of the creation, it is up to us which force to join. The Ram-Raavan conquest is an eternal war. If you choose positivity, evolution, service and the righteous way of life, Dussehra is a day that marks your overcoming so many facets of evil, including maya or illusion, which dominate us. Happy Vijyadashmi.

MV Adityadev
Film maker
Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra is the triumph of truth over evil power and is celebrated with a lot of fervour. While the traditions associated with the celebration of Dussehra are deep-rooted in Hindu mythology, let us start a great life by conquering our external evils. In Kerala, we have a celebration pattern that is different all over. We celebrate it as Saraswathi pooja and the day for vidhyarambham when children usually write for the first time on this day. For me, happiness is that no one will ask me to study as the books are kept for pooja. However, I also keep my tools of film making work (my camera and scripts) are also kept for pooja along with my study books. As its also a promising day to begin with any great work, I wish all that may this day clear all obstacles in the path of your career and life and start a period of prosperity. May this Dussehra illuminate for you the desires of Happy times and dreams for a year loaded with smiles! Happy Dussehra!!

Krishan Khatra
It's a time for celebration, a time for victory of good over bad, A time when world see the example of power of good. Let us continue the same “true” spirit. Let us not only burn effigies of Ravana. but lets start a great life by conquering all our eternal enemies. Happy Dusshera.!

We at Films & TV World wish them all the best in their endeavour and wish all our readers a very Happy Dussehra...

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