Ahmednagar, Date: 11/1/2006
The period (28/12/05 to 2/1/06) was quite memorable for the families who hosted the children from other states in their families. It was a unique and unforgettable experience for all the family members was the reaction from one of the families. It is really a marvelous to have a guest having quite different culture and language background still there was a bond of humanity said Dr. Ravindra Sonar in the gathering of the local parents today.
Snehalaya has organised this festival with the help of Jayhind Yuva Manch, Ahmednagar Education Society and National Youth Project, founded by Dr. S.N. Subbarao allies Bhaiji. Bhaiji is a veteran freedom fighter and he is in real sense the living spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. 680 children from the various states of India were the guests of 680 local families for more than six days. 1100 students from Ahmedangar city have also participated in the festival. The children shared the culture, language, skills, learnt painting, origami, drama, songs, group dance etc. in those six days. Mr. S.M. Krishna, Hon. Governor of Maharashtra has inaugurated the festival. The festival place was named after Late Prof. Madhu Dandavate. Prof. Dandwate was born and brought up at Ahmednagar. He had participated in the freedom struggle, and was the Finance Minister of India. The people of Ahmedngar have a pride on Prof. Dandawate because he was honest and transparent politician.
Now Snehlaya Parivar has increased by this new 680 families along with their children. Also more than 200 youths joined different activities of Snehalaya who were newly introduced due to this festival.