World Record for 'Largest Addiction Awareness Festival' set at ISKCON Youth Festival UDGAAR 2019
By: PR Grid
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated an annual Mega Youth Fest 'UDGAAR – An Expression of Goodness and Joy', on October 6th at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. The theme was 'Anti-Addiction:
UDGAAR 2019 was a perfect blend of modern entertainment like Hip-Hop by 'Feel Crew' and fusion music by 'Madhavas Rock Band', as well as ancient wisdom of India delivered by HH Lokanath Swami, HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, HG Anuttama Das, from US and HH Sachinandan Swami from Germany. He also led students into a meditational exercise as meditation gives more pleasure than any other kind of apparently enjoyable activity. H.H Gopal Krishna Goswami, mentioned ISKCON's Founder, Srila Prabhupad's, efforts in successfully bringing out thousands of youngsters in US out of addiction.
Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, praised ISKCON for its global efforts for protection of India's culture globally and stated, "The Government is committed to not just protect the youth, but to give them positive engagement."
HG Sundar Gopal, Director, ISKCON Youth Forum & UDGAAR Festival said, "ISKCON is committed to help youngsters out of addiction; this festival is a part of our commitment to tackle an epidemic that is making our youngsters hollow."
Prince India Dance group performed on 'Jan Gana Mana' to give a fitting start to the festival. Other performances included Sand Art performance by Nitish Bharti, showcasing struggle of a young addict and his receiving help from Bhagavad Gita. The inter-college Addiction Awareness Quiz Competition, hosted by RJ Ginnie from Radio City, 1st prize went to Bablu, a student of GB Pant Engineering College, 2nd Position won by Shruti from Daulat Ram College and Radha from RKGIT won the 3rd position.
Dr. Veerendra Mishra, Director, National Institute of Social Defence stated, "The best way to tackle menace of addiction is to not let youngsters fall into it."
The Festival was enjoyed by over 15,000 participants who applauded heartily to the feet-tapping performance by Madhavas that made the audience to join them in dancing and chanting close to the stage. All participants will have an opportunity to join Personality Development Courses in over a 100 centres of Ethicraft, ISKCON's social service wing.
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