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Dharma Fest 2015

12 Universities, 9 Iconic Hindu Heroes, 5 Winners, 1 Night… #WhosYourHinduHero

What does Hindu Dharma mean to you?

How has Hinduism as we know it today, been incorporated into our lifestyles?

What does it mean to be Hindu?

There have been many great people in the past who have posed such questions. Ultimately, it is the answers to such questions that create a personal and relatable perception of Hindu Dharma that people incorporate into their day to day lives. Those that question are as great as those who can answer; collectively, they have set great examples and have become role models for many people across the world. Apart from the characters in the Ramayan and Mahabharat, how much do YOU know about the great Hindu heroes and heroines of our past?

On Saturday 5th December 2015, 110 University students from across the country came together to bring 9 Hindu Heroes and Heroines to life and entertain a live audience. NHSF (UK) was proud to present the return of Dharma Fest – our National Learning Event.

Talented students from across the UK, came to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in London to showcase their understanding of Hindu Dharma by portraying the key messages of Hindu Heroes and Heroines from our rich heritage through the arts.

The audience were captivated as they watched characters such as Gandhiji to Meerabai. Each act used a variety of performing arts to depict their chosen character and to compete with their fellow students to win Dharma Fest 2015.

This is the beauty of National Events; seeing our students from across the country working hard and coming together to collaborate and develop their own learning, and in the process, also raising awareness and teaching others. The youth have the power to make an impact and Dharma Fest 2015 was their stage to do so.

A big thank you must go to each chapter who participated and for being part of our national learning event and to our wonderful audience.

The winners of Dharma Fest 2015:

Most Innovative Performance:
NHSF Reading

Best Chapter Involvement:
NHSF Liverpool

Best Choreographed / Scripted Act:
NHSF Keele

Best Costume:
NHSF KCL & LSE

Overall Most Meaningful and Informative Learning Act:
NHSF Bristol

Veena Bheri Mrdanga Kaahala Kalaa Gitam Ca Nrtyam Tathaa.

I offer unto You (Lord Shiva) a selection of instruments: Veena, (a stringed musical instrument), Bheri (kettledrums), Mrdanga (drum) and a Kaahala (a very big drum). Unto thee I also offer my song and dance too.

Adi Shankaracharya, Shiva Manas Puja 3.2