YUVA IPU family  celebrated Diwali on the 2nd of November with  आरात्रिका 2018,(trailing towards the light), a blend of culture, literature and fine arts in the form of a day extravaganza.
The festivities included a number of competitions to boost up the students with the enthusiastic celebration vibes. The day started off with Creative writing and doodling competitions where while the topics were announced on the spot for the former, the latter invited the students to let their creative juices flow on the theme, ‘Diwali: A festival of lights’, but with a condition that the doodle shall include the word ‘Yuva’.
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The day progressed with ‘Alfaaz’, a poetry competition, which let the students to awaken their inner poets. The open-mic event at the central library stairs near the beneath the famous Wisdom tree of the university attracted many towards the same.
This year’s Aratrika introduced Tambola with a new Avatar where instead of the traditional numbers, the game tickets contained  answers to some questions related to India, its culture, famous personalities, music, mythology, movies, books, and much more. This unique twist in the game attracted an overwhelming number of entries from throughout the campus.
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The dusk witnessed the onset of the cultural evening with the students showcasing their hidden talents of music, dance, Poetry and gazal recitation and enthralled the audience by their performances.
As an icing on the cake, people were invited to take part in Aratrika’s wild hunt for the best dressed person where students had to click themselves in the campus, wearing an ethnic outfit to add the touch of the traditional season, and post their pictures on Instagram while tagging YUVA with it.
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The day concluded with mehfil-e-diwali: a joint endeavor of Directorate of Student Welfare, University school of Architecture and YUVA IPU. The amalgamation of music, light and love created a perfected ending to the day long journey towards the light; which was not just without but within.
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Diwali is a happy festival of lights, signifying the victory of good over evil, and through Aratrika, YUVA tried to add to this happiness by creating the festive feels in the campus by way of this enthusiastic day full of events. Not only did it recieve an equally enthusiastic response from all over the campus, but also succeeded in making it worth a try for the competing students and promises to keep these spirits alive in the years to come ahead.

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