A billion flames blossom within a billion diyas. Homes lovingly cleaned and proudly decorated with beautiful colors and gleaming lights. The skies painted with the sparkling lights of firecrackers. Light within and without. Darkness driven away. Diwali is here.

Illu: IIT Kharagpur’s Iconic Tradition

The festival of lights has always been celebrated with much fanfare at the campus. With the students gradually getting back to campus, the Diwali celebrations, in a sense, represented the reinvigorated spirit of the students. IIT Kharagpur’s iconic Diwali tradition of ‘Illumination’ popularly known as Illu, where thousands of diyas are lit to create a beautiful and intricate theme awed the onlookers. VGSoM’s block was adorned with colorful lights, and the students lit diyas across the entire building; a picture-perfect moment.

The Cultural Committee of the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur had organized an online Diwali Eve Party on 3rd November 2021 to celebrate the great Indian festival of joy, light, sweets, and happiness. The students who were still in their homes and those already at the campus joined the event and made it a success. The attractions of the event were a fun game called “Now you see me” which had quizzes based on the small clippings from famous movie scenes and a round of Tambola to engage the audience. The students, currently on campus, decked up in ethnic wear and had a special Diwali get-together planned to light diyas together and have snacks on Diwali night. CultComm had also arranged other exciting events like the Rangoli competition and Instagram Diwali Picture for the students.

Team Saamanjasya distributing presents to students at MPPS Govt School, Yerpedu

It is often believed that joy spreads by sharing it with others. With this predicative, Team Saamanjasya from the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur made this Diwali special for the underprivileged children at MPPS Govt School, Yerpedu. The team collaborated with Find Shelter and Praja Pragathi Trust, Tirupati to host a Screening Event and sketching activity for the underprivileged children. The children were shown animated movies that taught them the value of morals. The team also distributed sweets and a variety of presents, lighting up the smiles on the young one’s faces.

While some of the students are already on campus, the rest of them are still celebrating this joyous occasion at their homes. Lining up the diyas outside the door, sweeping off the dust from every nook and cranny, stacking up the boxes of sweets to carry to friends and family and adorning their homes with colourful lights. Also, all throughout the day they shared their joy and happiness with their peers at campus via calls and sharing photos. People used materials like paper, fairy lights, old jars, bottles and other materials available at home to ensure that they celebrate the event in a sustainable way.

All across the country, the people of India connect and celebrate with their loved ones. Sweets and lights spread positivity and smiles everywhere. It’s time to shake out the cobwebs in our minds and hearts and start anew: a joyful auspicious time.


PICTURE CREDITS: Team CMI, Saamanjasya and Team Flash


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