‘Arise Arjuna’ – NHSF(UK) Annual Conference 2011
Saturday 19th November saw the National Hindu Students Forum(UK) present their annual conference at JFS school in Kingsbury, London. ‘Arise Arjuna’ is the first of many events planned over the year to celebrate NHSF’s 20th anniversary. I blogged recently about the launch evening which took place a few days prior to the conference.
The day was very well attended. Over 750 students and public of various ages came through the school doors to go through the 4 interactive ‘zones’ – ‘protect’, ‘preserve’, ‘practice’ and ‘promote’. The day offered a packed timetable. Attendees were able to navigate through the zones at their own pace and attend a variety of plays, discussions and demonstrations. There was also an opportunity to perform an abhishek pooja (worship) performed by Hindu priest which provided a spiritual break to the day. Various scholars spoke at the event.
The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Aslam Choudry and Cllr Navin Shah attended, both offering encouraging words of support for the event.
NHSF alumni attended including some of the founding members, Manoj Ladwa and Rajen Shah and Nilesh Solanki.
The national committee created a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day at Arise Arjuna. The evening National Garba event which took place saw over 450 students come together to take part in traditional dance and arti (worship).
As with most annual events, they provide the opportunity to ‘charge’, reconnect with other chapters from across the country, to delve deeper and learn more.