With Chhath Puja drawing close, a cultural event was organised on Thursday evening, at a ground near Cherry County, a society in Greater Noida West. The venue, illuminated with colourful lights, wore a festive look.
The event was a precursor to the festival for which preparations are in full swing in the entire Greater Noida.
Thursday being the first day of the four-day festival, many residents of the locality, especially those belonging to Purvanchal region, from several high rises thronged the ground in their traditional attires.
Purvanchal, the region known for its unique culture, comprises parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Chhath, a festival that defines the area's cultural and symbolic values, is a popular annual feature. The festival is today one of the major festivals of Delhi-NCR where a bulk of population belongs to the people hailing from the region.
A 19-year-old folk singer, Maithili Thakur, with her two brothers, gave a mesmerising performance at the event which added vibrancy to the celebration. Thakur, who is called 'rising star of Purvanchal' for her excellence in folk music, earned an impromptu standing ovation from the gathering of around 1,500 people.
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Chhath Organising Committee (a group of residents from several societies) led by Noida Extension Flat Owners Association (NEFOWA), with the help of Greater Noida Authority, made the arrangements for the event.
Later, in the presence of local politicians on the stage, Abhishek Kumar, president of NEFOWA made an appeal to them to provide a place for the residents for organising such programmes.
“Greater Noida West has become a new destination for nearly five lakh people, but we do not have a proper place to organise such programmes,” said Kumar.
The organisers thanked the Greater Noida Authority for helping them in making all the arrangements for the programme. They also thanked the Greater Noida police for providing security during the event.
Members of the committee, who worked for nearly two weeks for making the occasion a success, were Parmeshwar Dubey, Ajay Singh, Sumit Basoya, Manoj Jha, Jitendra Jha, Sanjeev Saxena, Mihir Gautam, Naval Kishor, Deepankar Kumar and many others.