The 5-day international festival will be the celebration of performances, exhibitions and showcases of incredible youth work from South Asian nations.
Udaipur : Amalgamation of world’s diversity was witnessed today as students from 75 universities of the South Asian countries met here at the Mohanlal Sukhadia University for the inauguration of 8th SAUFEST (South Asian Universities Festival) on Saturday. The concept of SAUFEST is in line with the active collaboration and mutual assistance amongst South Asian countries in educational, social, cultural and economic fields. The students showcased cultures of their respective country during the spectacular procession in ‘bagghis’which began from the Lake Fatesagar in the morning. The unique seven kilometer long cultural procession culminated at the university campus with near 2000 international students from different countries. Welcoming all the students and team managers of different countries at the MLSU campus, education minister Kalicharan Saraf in his address said “ The cultures and traditions in the south Asian nations may be different but they have their roots in India. We all must step outside the shadows of colonialism and bond to strengthen the rich cultural heritage of our respective countries”. Parliamentarian Arjunlal Meena, Mayor ChandraSingh Kothari, B.P. Sharma, the president of Pacific University, Prof O.P Gill of Agricultural University and other guests also addressed the gathering at the inauguration ceremony.
“ The festival aims to propagate the concept of strengthening cultural diversities by exhibiting their cultural prowess on a common platform” said Prof. I.V Trivedi, the V-C of the host university. Cultural events, martial arts, exhibitions, intellectual discourses, young artists’ camps, seminars and adventure programs will be held during the festival. Student and delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating, Prof Trivedi said. Mesmerizing dance performances by students of Srilankan, Bangladesh, Bhutan universities marked the ceremony.
“ SAUFEST is one of the largest and most diverse international youth events in the region. Since its inception in 2007 over 19,000 young people have been involved and this spring the streets and venues of Udaipur will come alive once again as young people from the ages of 18 to 26 showcase the very best in the youth arts selected from the Indian and the South Asian Universities” said Dr Pradeep Trikha, convenor of the event. The festival will be the celebration of performances, exhibitions and showcases of incredible youth work from South Asian nations. The idea of organizing SAUFEST was initiated by the AIU, New Delhi to encourage the future generations of youth from the South Asian Countries to come on common platform for sharing views, experiences, innovations and common ideas so that a common agenda in taking the future regional challenges can be taken up.