A concoction of work and play open to one and all ‘My Meraki’ is a two day realm of spectacular decor, music and Food. The event marked its beginning with high spirits on February 17, 2018 at Sector 17 Parade Ground, Chandigarh.
The mega event offered a kick start to every business through sponsorship avenues.
‘Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me, going to bed at night saying I have done something wonderful that is what matters to me”, keeping the above philosophy of Steve jobs alive, the event promoted various NGOs working for special children by offering them free of cost stalls. Among the promoted NGOs was ‘Prabhat’ whose aim was to provide day care centers for special children.
Working on the lines of movie PADMAN and the original Indian citizen behind it ,there was one that came up with the conception of PADBANK, thus providing donated sanitary napkins to the women having no access to hygienic means during menstruation.
To savor the taste buds of the visitors there were various foodstalls serving delicacies such as Daisy’s Kitchen, Drunken monkeys and many others. Simultaneously, ‘Bhangra competition’ and ‘The battle of bands’ set the stage on fire.
“Meraki’ means creativity. And the event indeed was a mixture of various events such as lifestyle, DIYs, home décor and food aimed at targeting specific audience”, says Anish a member of the organizing team
A mini auto expo was also put up by leading automobiles such as Honda, Skoda etc. Promoting the bike culture, there was a bike competition conducted by the two superbike manufacturers Kawasaki and Classical Indian.
The Day 1 captured the ideal essence of youth festivals all over the country, leaving the attendees in anticipation of day two and it’s grandeur.
Chandigarh witnessed second day of My Meraki on February 18. The event was powered by VIVO and co- powered by the House of Dance along with the youth, radio, photography, and lifestyle partners.
Various handicrafts, automobiles, confectionary, designer clothes sellers who had come to extend their businesses had set up their canopies. The visitors spent the whole afternoon shopping and relishing the delectable food.
Another major highlight of “MERAKI-2018” was the motorcycle stunt riding by the team of riders A2B. As soon as the riders took over the race track under the scorching sun the audience felt the heat of the moment to a larger extent. The bikers performed displaying many diverse styles of riding stunts where the wheelies and burnouts amused people of all ages. Everybody howled and whistled along as the stuntmen performed their tricks. People all around the track happened to store the deadly stunts in their mobile phones and cameras to save the adventure for later. Nevertheless the bikers were one of the many good things about the sunny afternoon.
The performances started in the evening. The band, AWARAGI performed a beautiful mash-up of songs and got the crowd swaying to the kicks and snares. After that, a stupendous dance performance by a national champion team, N House Crew followed and the audience couldn’t stop applauding. The choreographer Naresh Roy was commended for the amazing choreography while the young dancers, for their perfect execution.
The fashion show organized by the NGO Empower- JOY was probably the most heart melting part of the show where the children with special needs walked up the ramp along with the models. The outfits were of rosemary montage and designed by Shreya Gupta. A couple, who had hearing and speech impairment, gave a beautiful Salsa routine, an amazing feat in itself. The Chandigarh based comedian, Sylvester Stephen tickled the funny bones of the people with his stand up routine.
With the moon rising high, the most anticipated attraction of My Meraki ’18, the renowned Punjabi singer Ninja came and took the audiences’ hearts with his songs. All in all, it was a night to remember for the Chandigarhians.
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Ankita Kukar (PGGCG11)
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