Jashn, Celebrating 10 years of Hum Sub

by Sridevi Jagannath

The 10th Anniversary celebrations of Hum Sub catered to the entertaining needs of a wide genre of audience. The celebrations comprised of a variety of events ending with an evening filled with color, dancing and food.

Hum Sub created a unique opportunity for the artistic audience in the Town of Cary on September 24th 2010 at the Cary Town Hall with ‘Jharoka – A glimpse of India’. The attractions of the evening were exhibitions comprising Anita Yoogin’s paintings on “Joys of Indian Womanhood” on display at Page Walker, Cary and Savitha Ravishankar’s display of hand made dolls at Cary Town hall depicting the scenes from Ramayana. The highlight of the evening was the phenomenal presentation by Dr. Prem Sharma (author of Mandalay Child) – “The Day I met Mahatma Gandhi”, describing the defining moment while meeting the revered leader. The presentation attended by more than 300 people left the audience mesmerized and reminded the seniors about stories of India’s struggle for freedom.

Garba night held on October 2nd, 2010, was a mesmerizing evening filled with music, dance and colors. The event was very well received by a wide gambit of audience including little kids all the way up to experienced campaigners in Raas and Garba. The event provided for expert Garba and Dandiya teachers who made this event a joyful learning experience for the newcomers. The live band DSquare from New Jersey accompanying the dancers contributed to an awestruck experience for one and all. Following the authentic Gujarathi tradition a central lamp stand with more than 30 small flames lit the amphitheatre lawns. An audience of more than 700 danced in spirals around this central lamp filling the amphitheatre with the vibrations of their enthusiasm.

Hum Sub also created a new movie going experience under the starry skies at the Koka Booth Amphitheater for the entire family on October 8th 2010. A very popular Bollywood movie, Munnabhai M.B.B.S. was screened starring Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Gracy Singh. It is the first film in the popular Munna Bhai series. It went on to win not only the 2004 National Film Award for Best Popular Film, several Filmfare awards, including the Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Screenplay, but also became the fifth highest grossing Hindi film of the year. The movie was enjoyed by more than 300 people. Indian chai/tea and other goodies kept the attendees warm on a chilly fall evening.

Hum Sub’s 10th Anniversary celebrations culminated with ‘Jashn’ – Celebrating 10 Years of Hum Sub. “Jashn”, a celebration of an auspicious event or festival nurturing a feeling of communal warmth, and its merrymaking as highlighted in India’s tradition was very well received by 12000 residents in and around the Triangle Area. The stage of the amphitheatre was rocked by more than 650 local artists with vibrant performances and bright colors of traditional ethnic wears. The exhibit “Festivals of India” displayed the seasonal, religious, regional and national Indian festivals celebrated with rituals, songs, hymns, dances, fasts and feasts. A handpicked collection of spectacular photographs highlighting some of the Indian festivals like harvesting of crops, welcoming of spring, wedding celebrations etc. intrigued visitors and the Honorary Guests, Town of Cary Mayor, Harold Weinbrecht; North Carolina Secretary, Elaine Marshall and Congressmen Price. Artifacts of Indian festivals of Rakhi and Holi caught the eye of photographers. Diya decoration and rangoli making activities in the exhibition area kept the little kids busy and entertained through the day.