NAINITAL, 27 Nov.: A unique cybercultural convergence was showcased this weekend with the premiere of “Myar Pahar”, a compilation of songs performed by young Delhiites of Uttarakhandi origin.Â Taking as their motto “spreading culture to the next generation,” the internet-based group spearheaded by Sanju “Pahadi”, composed eight songs for the album, many of which they performed once again for the launch.
The event itself drew an impressive array of veteran cultural and social activists from the Nainital area, with the legendary poet, Girish Tiwari, “Girda” setting the tone with his passionate address. “UTTARAKHAND KI NAYEE SANTATI AB JAGRAT HO CHUKI HAI. UNKE PAAS internet NAMAK GYAN YANTRA HAI AUR SU-SANKRAT HAUSALE, JO HAMARI ANCHLIKTA TO BHUMANDALIKARAN KE YUG MAIN AKSHUN RAKHEGI.” he noted.
Under the banner of â€œCreative Uttarakhandâ€ (www.creativeuttarakhand.com), the Delhi-based group came together after participants of various online e-groups decided to move beyond the virtual realm and concretize their social and cultural aspirations. In recent years, these e-groups have proliferated in cyberspace, taking advantage of the widening availability of the internet to connect Uttarakhandis living in and out of the state.
Chandan Dangi, author of Uttarakhand Ki Pratibhayen and catalyzer of many Uttarakhand-oriented initiatives, tracked the history of this internet community in his address to the audience. Dangi noted how the Creative Uttarakhand project was one of the few to break the considerable barrier between the virtual and real world.
In addition to song and dance performances from the CD, the all day meet included various addresses on the theme of globalisation and culture. Dr. Shekhar Pathak, Dr. Shamsher Singh Bisht, P.C. Tiwari, Rajiv Lochan Sah also shared their considerable thoughts on the current state of the region, particularly with respect to the government’s economic policies that are touching off a widening hills-plains divide.
Local MLAs for Nainital and Dwarahat, Dr. Narayan Singh Jantwal and Pushpesh Tripathi, both of the UKD, were also on hand to felicitate the youth group that includes students from reputable institutions such as IIT, IIM, JNU, and Delhi University, as well as professionals based in the National Capital Region.