By Rosie Kirti Dutt
NHSF St. George’s Bhakti Coordinator
On repetition of an event, the aim in mind is always set out to make it as successful, if not better, than the first. With the commitment of over 20 universities spread across London and South zone our 2nd Krishna Kirtan event did just this!
In December 2013 the Krishna Kirtan committee was established, with the conviction that all members would do their up-most best in making it a success which was most certainly reflected in the event itself. With regular contact via WhatsApp, Skype and various other means of communication; the committee were regularly discussing all aspects of the event- from catering and sponsors to advertisement and learning.
Jaimal Patel (London Zone Coordinator) & Nimesh Joshi (South Zone Coordinator)
Hindu Awareness Week wasn’t just a week full of events but a week where Hindu Dharma came alive through Bhakti, Gyan and Sewa. It was a week where chapters were proud to be Hindu and express their faith with others who may not fully understand the practices and principles of Hindu Dharma. History was made in NHSF (UK) London and South Zones as Hindu Awareness Week took place from the 27th – 31st January. NHSF (UK) Chapters across both zones put on fantastic events to learn Hindu Dharma and to inspire students. I was fortunate to be part of some of the amazing events that took place, from talks on Hindu Dharma by Keshav Bhatt to Yoga sessions by Chinmaya Mission.
By Dimple Joshi
NHSF (UK) London Zone Co-ordinator
After the huge success of NHSF (UK) South Zone 9 Hour Ram Dhun last year, National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) London & South Zone organised another spectacular bhakti event; a 12 Hour Krishna Kirtan held at Slough Hindu Mandir on Saturday 9th March 2013 from 9:30am to 9:30pm.
Being a co-coordinator with Jaimal Patel for the Krishna Kirtan, it was overwhelming to see young Hindu students and the local community arrive the night before to help prepare for the event- from decorating the stage to cleaning the kitchen. Seeing the determination and confidence within these young Hindu Students marked the first steps taken towards a successful event and building a bridge between the students and the community.
By Bhavik Patel
NHSF (UK) Campus Team
The National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) (NHSF (UK)) London and South Zone is proud to present a 12 hour Krishna Kirtan. After a fantastic 9 hour Ram Dhun in Ilford, London NHSF (UK) London and South Zone are now holding their next Bhakti event in Slough Hindu Temple.
By Rahul Puri
NHSF Portsmouth committee member
The University of Portsmouth Hindu Society are known for having some incredible events and this year our Diwali show lit up Portsmouth just like every year.
Raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Manav Sadhna, the committee organised a spectacular Mohabbatein style play with a twist and a wide range of stalls for all our members to get involved in. Taking great pride with the local support, we collaborated with the Akash Indian Restaurant which served a mouth watering vegetarian meal.
The play itself, although not a conventional Diwali story, symbolised the story of love and a triumph of good over evil. With Oscar award winning acting by our whole committee, accompanied by some brilliant dancing and singing; the event started with a bang.
By Kiran Patel
NHSF (UK) Central Zone Coordinator
The National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF) UK ethos has always been to protect, preserve, practise and promote Hindu Dharma; this has been established through national events such as annual conferences to weekly chapter events such as Arti and chintan sessions. However, for the flame of Hindu Dharma to be carried forward, we as the Hindu samaj need to progress by sustaining and supporting what the Hindu students do.
The 20th anniversary of NHSF (UK), also known as Arise Arjuna has taught Hindu’s across the UK that in every single one of us there is an Arjuna, we have to arise and awake the Arjuna within us. The year-long celebration has seen various projects and events from the national mela and garba to personal initiatives such as doing daily practises of reading scriptures or doing true sewa regularly.
By Suraj Bhanot
NHSF (UK) South Zone Coordinator
The 25th February 2011 will always hold a special place in the hearts of south zone committee members and chapters a like, for it was the first time since Subrang Garba 2007 that the zone gathered for a spiritual event. The event took four months of hard work, perseverance and dedication from both south zone committee members and other National Hindu Student Forum (NHSF) UK national committee members in order to ensure the success of the first ever south zone Ram Dhun. It was a personal objective of mine to ensure that in our 20th anniversary year, a Dhun would be held for our chapters in the south and the wider community. North and Central Zones had set the bench mark for such events and I wanted to ensure that south zone entered with a bang!