Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna who is lovingly known as Kanha, will be celebrated on August 30 this year. Looking back at their childhood days, TV stars share some of their fondest memories related to the festival.
Sneh Binny, co-owner of Delhi Binny’s Brigade, agrees with Sheena. “Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve attended a Janmashtami ceremony. It was when I was in a boarding school. In fact, I was part of the human pyramid back then. It’s a fun festival, ”he said.
Bhagya Lakshmi actress Parullus Chaudhry recalls seeing decorative jhankis outside everyone’s home in Delhi. “My Janmashtami memories are of my childhood days. There used to be decorative jhankis outside everyone’s home in Delhi, and in the evenings we would go for a long walk along with neighbors, friends and family and take a round of the entire neighborhood and take Prasad from everyone who had these beautiful jhankis made with such effort aand love. As far as Dahi Handi goes, I have seen the madness here in Mumbai. I have witnessed some real difficult ones, which are tied at a great height and takes expertise and team effort to break. The music and energy around gives the participants so much encouragement, however I feel it isn’t safe, ”she shared.
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Inspector Avinash actor Harjinder Singh likes bhajans and kirtans during the festival time. “Janmashtami is a celebration of the birth of lord Krishna. I’ve seen one or two Dahi Handis. The good thing about Janmashtami is that the bhajans and kirtans take place in temples, and that adds to the positivity, ”he shared.
Sasural Simar Ka 2 actor Avinash Mukherjee enjoys the Dahi Handi celebration. “I have been raised in Mumbai, so I have seen Janmashtami’s Dahi Handi celebration quite often. The festive feeling is always good. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city where all festivals are celebrated. That’s the beauty of living in Mumbai.
Naagin 5 actor Sharad Malhotra recalls celebrating the festival in Kolkata. “In Kolkata, my home-town Janmashtami is celebrated in a big way. I feel very good when I hear Lord Krishna bhajans, the vibrations of Janmashtami is very good. It comes after Rakshabandhan and is followed by Ganpati, Navratri and Diwali, ”he said.
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Producer Nivedita Basu talks about Janmashtami sequence in TV shows. “Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and we get to celebrate all the festivals, Janmashtami is one of them. Even in television shows, we incorporate Janmashtami sequence, and Lord Krishna is the savior to many of our protagonists in times of need. Janmashtami sequences are mostly well received by the audience, ”she said.
Tiger Heart producer Amit sarin used to do a lot of masti with friends. “Janmasthmi is always amazing. The Dahi Handi songs in films and TV shows always look good. Lord Krishna has a special place in our hearts as well as in TV and films. I enjoy all festivals. In school, it used to be fun as one used to get to do a lot of masti with friends. I used to relish nariyal ladoo in abundance, ”he recalled.
Tera Yaar Hoon Main actor Sagar Parekh used to be part of the Dahi Handi celebration. “I remember when I was 10 years old, my mom used to dress me up like Lord Krishna. She used to recite lines from Bhagwat Gita. All the children used come together, climb up and break Dahi Handi. I even had hair line fracture due to it, “he shared.