Mangaluru, Oct 21: A power packed Dasara celebration with music, dance and the ubiquitous ‘Pili Nalike’ among other performances greeted visitors at Mangaluru International Airport on Friday. Even as the sun-slid down the horizon, the in-house talent took centre stage bringing the cultural richness of the land to the fore. It was a brilliant admixture of both individual and collective talents that added to the variety entertainment enjoyed by a packed audience.
Artists from entities associated with the airport took turns in presenting their hidden talent before an appreciative and encouraging gathering. Special applause was reserved for children of employees who performed on the stage like professionals. A mellifluous rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan number by Sarang Shreevastava from the ATC Guild had the crowd in raptures and drew spontaneous requests for an encore. Sarang did not disappoint them.
The loudest cheers and appreciation were reserved for the ‘Pili Nalike’ team whose vibrant moves to the beating of ‘Taase’ mesmerized the gathering. It wasn’t just the airport employees and the stakeholders who enjoyed the performance. Passengers, their relatives took time off to enjoy the event for the time permissible before heading to their respective destinations. The event was a reminder of the various experiences that a transport hub can provide to all concerned.
Students from a professional college in the city gave a vibrant performance in a dance drama that depicted the triumph of good over evil. The audience was treated to the melody that an ukulele can bring forth. Father-son duo combined to belt out some melodious yesteryears bollywood numbers. Presence of a photobooth, mehndi corner and 360-degree camera platform meant that the audience took home a bagful of memories of the Dasara festivities.
The celebrations will continue inside the terminal for the passengers over the next four-days up to Vijayadashami on October 24. The airport will celebrate Dussehra with the passengers and strive to enhance their travelling experience. To create a festive vibe, the airport has arranged for ‘Pili Nalike’ accompanied to the beats of ‘Taase’, live music and karaoke evening. A professional programme host will keep the passengers engaged with various cultural activities as part of these celebrations.