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What: Goonj, a cultural fest for youths

When: December 18 to 20

Where: At former deputy chief minister and Ajsu Party head Sudesh Mahto’s Silli residence

Star amp up: Bolly beauty Preity Zinta, flashing those dazzling dimples

Why it's a game-changer: Goonj brought stars from Mumbai to the hinterland, and how!


For Preity Zinta fans — who hasn’t loved her in Kal Ho Na Ho — Ajsu chief Sudesh had a real ace up his sleeve when he got the Mumbai A-lister to come down to Silli, 55km from Ranchi, and launch the big bash.

On the last day, Cocktail man Neeraj Shridhar, Mamta Munni Sharma, got Silli groovin’ like never before.

Bolly stars Minisha Lamba, Raghavan and Sudesh Lehri also entertained the audience on Day Three.


“Goonj aims to channelise youths of the region towards positive goals,” Sudesh said. And glitz and glamour apart, the event was about recognising the real stars.

From getting youths to participate in career counselling sessions to starting Kishore and Kishori clubs and youth leadership development programmes and clicking the Computer Gyan Abhiyan in two high schools with gifts of four computers each, Sudesh ensured hinterland youngsters were connected to the world. Sudesh also felicitated Nisha Shreya with a tablet for scoring well in her matriculation exam.

Dignitaries who stayed throughout the three-day fiesta included Ajsu Party MLAs Chandra Prakash Choudhary, Kamal Kishore Bhagat and Naveen Jaiswal.

Christ’s message

What: Inter-house skit competition to mark Christmas
Where: St Anthony’s School, Doranda, Ranchi
When: December 20

Four skits. One message.

Christmas celebrations were different at St Anthony’s School, Doranda, this year as the students of four houses took to the stage to spread the message — Humility is the mother of all virtues.

While Green house, also referred to as Brahmaputra, invoked the Christ through the play, Christmas Carol, Blue house or Ganga presented a drama called Peace. Similarly, Red house or Godavari team presented Mother’s Day and Yellow House, which is known as Yamuna, acted in The Gift of the Magi.


Team Brahmaputra impressed with their acting skills to emerge the winner. Godavari followed as the runner-up


The skits were awesome, but I couldn’t watch them properly. Being a member of the organising team, I was busy with other works

Arpit Jain, a student and volunteer


Such events are held every year. The objective is to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and spread message of peace and love

JV Francis, founder principal of the school, who now acts as Principal Emeritus

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