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Two special events - Independence Day and Janmashtmi come together this year and give us a reason to celebrate over a long weekend. If you have decided to stay in town over the next few days, you are going to be extremely busy catching up with all the fun events taking place around Delhi NCR. Take a look at our pick for the weekend and make out your itineraries right away.
Independence Day carnival at Epicentre
Locality : Sector 44 Gurgaon
Date : 15th August 2014
Age Group : All
Mythology revisited through contemporary dance, stand up comedy and storytelling sessions for kids - all this and more at the Epicentre Independence Day Carnival, a cultural extravaganza for the whole family. The not-to-miss event is surely the performance by Prince Dance Group (Winner of India's Got Talent) with their well known National Flag Act, Lord Krishna Act, Vishanu Dus Avatar and Shiv Tandava.
'Never named it ever so got to figure it out' is the stand up comedy act by Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, better known as the 'Salman Khan of the Fat World' And for children, there is a special storytelling session by StoryGhar.
Kite flying at Heritage Transport Museum
Locality : Taoru, Gurgaon
Date : 15th to 17th August 2014
Age Group : 4 and above
Kite Flying is an intrinsic part of our Independence Day celebration and this year, experience it with a difference by going on a family outing that will be a unique adventure. The Heritage Transport Museum in Taoru invites families to spend a day at the museum, enjoying kite flying on 3.5 acres of lush greens and experiencing a riveting, enthralling tour of exhibits showcasing the history of transportation in India. Complimentary kites and strings will be provided on the purchase of museum entry tickets and snacks/lunch are available at the museum's cafeteria.
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This Independence Day, join the Kids Kompany for a fun day outdoors that includes kite flying, painting and pot making straight from the potter’s wheel. A candid photoshoot of kid while performing activities can be prebooked at extra cost. There is also a fancy dress competition with the Independence Day theme.
Independence Day at Clown Town
Clown Town, a safe and fun-filled activity centre for children invites all children to a celebration of the spirit of Independence Day. Activities will include drawing, painting and even a kite making competition. Registration is free but since there are limited seats, please book your place at the earliest.
Get a new perspective on history with Asmita’s play “Ambedkar aur Gandhi”
Locality: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House
Date: 16th August 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Recommended age group: 10 years and above
Asmita, one of the leading Hindi theatre groups in the country, presents “Ambedkar aur Gandhi” a sociopolitical play that shows the conflicting thoughts of the two political stalwarts with similar aim but different means. While younger children are not likely to understand and appreciate the dialogue, older children who have studied modern Indian history will get a better understanding of the history of our freedom movement, particularly the struggle between the upper and lower classes.
Whacky English comedy play ‘Jason’
Locality: Epicentre Sector 44, Gurgaon
Date: 16th August 2014
Age Group: 5 and above
There’s finally a play in town that is performed by children and is suitable for all age groups. Ruchika Theatre Group presents "Jason", a wild and whacky contemporary version of the Greek legend of the hero who went to find the Golden Fleece. With a cast of 45 children, dance, outsized puppets and loads of humour this play is directed by Feisal & Radhika Alkazi and choreographed by Devika Anand. The play is in English and the duration is 1 hour 20 minutes with 2 shows - 4.30 and 7.30 pm.
Janmashtmi celebrations at ISKCON temple
Locality: ISKCON, Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash
Date: Ongoing to 18th August 2014
Age group: All
Though all temples will have special events for Janmashtmi, perhaps the most spectacular celebration is at the ISKCON temples worldwide. In Delhi too, the pre-events leading to the main day are already in place. An evening of cultural programmes is planned for 15th August, including bhajans, drama and talks. On Sri Krishna Janmashtami on18th August, Darshan opens at 4:30 am and will be open till 12:30 am on 19th August.
For children, the Vedic cultural museum at the ISKCON temple is a place of great interest. One of its kind in India, it aims to promote the timeless Vedic wisdom in modern day context, educate people about the history of India especially regarding the two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The museum shows various aspects of the Vedic philosophical and cultural heritage, both through simple exhibits and dioramas and through sophisticated robotic shows. These shows were designed primarily by the devotees from around the world. A summary of teachings of Bhagavad Gita is presented using robots and light effects along with dramatic narration. An elegant display of original paintings by ISKCON devotees from around the world depicting the history of India’s ideal monarch Lord Rama and His consort Sita is on display as well. The museum also house India’s only Quadrascope, that creates the effect of hundreds of monitor in a gigantic video globe which depict an animated video about the teachings of Bhagavad Gita.
Janamashtami Celebration at Oxford Bookstore
Join the team at Oxford Bookstore for Janmashtami celebrations, where little children can come and celebrate Shri Krishna's birthday with special crafts.
Prince Dance Group perform at Janmashtmi Celebrations
Locality: Vasundhara, Ghaziabad
Date: 18th to 19th August 2014
Age Group: 3 years and above
As part of their Krishna Janmashtmi celebration, the faculty of Vidya Bal Bhawan Public School, Vasundhara has invited Prince Dance Group to perform with their school students. If you follow the reality show India's Got Talent, you will remember the mesmerising Krishna Avatar act by the Prince Dance Group that went on to win the first edition. The group is unique that most of the members are from disadvantaged sections of different parts Odisha and in fact two of them are physically challenged.