Vijayawada(Special Opinion)Andhra Pradesh Governor Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan mingled with orphan children and dined sitting together with them, in a deviation from protocol, as part of Deepavali celebrations held at Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada in a cordial atmosphere, on Sunday. Keeping the environmental concerns in view, Raj Bhavan kept away from bursting of crackers on the eve of Deepavali and instead the Raj Bhavan premises presented a dazzling view with bright and colourful lighting and diyas all around the complex.Deepavali celebrations, the first such programme to be held at AP Raj Bhavan, commenced with the lighting of lamp by AP Governor Sri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Lady Governor Smt. Suprava Harichandan, Secretary to Governor Sri Mukesh Kumar Meena and Joint Secretary Sri Arjuna Rao. The cultural programmes organized by the state Cultural Affairs department commenced with Invocation song by students of Ghantasala Music college, Yoga performance by orphan children, Kuchipudi dance drama on the theme of Deepavali, Mimicry, Magic show, Dappulu and folk dance, Lambada song and dance, captivated the audience.
Later, the Governor and Lady Governor distributed clothes to orphan children and felicitated the performers of various cultural events. The Governor in a message delivered on the occasion said Deepavali, the festival lights is celebrated all over the world and signifies the victory of good over the evil. The Governor wished the people of Andhra Pradesh, prosperity and happiness and said that occasions like these will inspire the people to conquer evils and a build a society in which peace, amity and communal harmony prevails.Brushing aside protocol and separate dining arrangements made by the officials, the Governor Sri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan preferred to dine sitting along with orphan children and interacting with them. The children were overjoyed with the surprise gesture of the Governor and mingled with him, cherishing a lifetime experience.
By Sudhir Patnaik