One of the biggest "Dahi Handi" organized by Sankalp Pratisthan, was a huge success. Sankalp Pratisthan is spearheaded by the producer of 'Vaah Life Ho To Aisi' and 'Apne' Ms. Sangeeta Ahir.
The Sankalp Pratisthan 'Dahi Handi' at Worli, organized by Sachin Ahir & Sangeeta Ahir is one of the biggest in Mumbai. It has one of the most attended crowds of around 200000 attending the event every year. It has the maximum Bollywood celebs attending the event, making it one of the most high profile celebrations in the country.
This year the celebs present were Jeetendra, Urmila Matondkar, Geeta Basra, Asrani, Sachin Khedekar, Rati Agnihotri, Shaina NC etc.
Sukhwinder Singh gave a very high powered performance and grooved to the dance troupe of 70 dancers which had the crowed constantly on their feet. Even celeb Dj Akhtar grooved the crowed with his Bollywood Mixes, whilst Preeti Jhangiani regaled the crowed with her performance. But the highlight of the event was when Urmila Martondkar started singing folk songs in the local language Marathi, which had the crowd literally on the high.
Says Sangeeta Ahir, "Sankalp Pratistan started the Dahi Handi celebration 5 years ago to bring back the local youth that would travel to the far off suburbs. We received the celebration on a small scale 5 years back and right now it has become a huge event."
She adds, "We discussed and felt that it was rather sad that the festival had died down after the Mills were shut at Lower Parel and Worli and therefore revived the festival celebration here. Sankalp Pratistan, our organization, is involved in a lot of social service activities throughout the year."
Sankalp Pratisthan 'Worli Dahi Handi' also had a galaxy of politicians like Praful Patel, Chagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil, Nilesh and Narayan Rane, Nawab Malik, attending the event.
The event had more than 400 groups of Govindas trying their luck to break the Dahi Handi, with gifts being distributed to most of them. Indeed the Sankalp Pratistan Dahi Handi at Worli was a star studded event !!