| Pakistani band Raga Boyz performs at SK Memorial Hall in Patna on New Year’s Eve. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
The young and not-so-young checked in to 2014 with music, dance and mouth-watering dishes under skies changing colour every moment under the impact of fireworks.
Hotels, restaurants and clubs were decorated for the New Year right from the evening. Each spot had unique USP for bidding goodbye to 2013 and welcoming the New Year.
From Bollywood music, mujra and ghazals to rock shows and belly dancers, revellers had whale of a time. As the clock struck 12, the skies were painted in different hues of firecrackers.
Funtasia Island, the lone water park of the city, was arguably the main attraction for the youngsters. The pools decorated with balloons and yellow dim light offered the perfect setting for a night party.
“I chose the water park for the New Year’s Eve party because it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, its security is tight. The party soared to its peak with the live performance of a rock band around an hour before midnight,” said bubbly Pulkit, a student of Dr Zakir Husain Institute, Patna.
For a few, New Year celebration is incomplete without some latkas and jhatkas on high voltage party songs. The Discman, the lone discotheque of the city, was their destination.
“Last year, the discotheque did not have the bar. But this time, the newly opened bar section and a DJ from Calcutta gave a new dimension to the New Year’s Eve party,” said city-based engineer Sourabh Shandilya, just after stepping out of the discotheque.
The Discman authorities claimed to have increased the security measures to avoid any untoward incident. “We have deployed five additional bouncers at the main gate,” said Ashish, the manager of the discotheque.
Cut to Ghar Aagan, a garden resort at Kurji. The atmosphere there also seemed pulsating in the last couple of hours of 2013. Revellers were left spellbound by the moves of belly dancers. The lavish buffet had Chinese, continental and Indian spread.
“The poolside party with high voltage music and dance made the night awesome,” said Sukriti, who welcomed the New Year with her friends at the resort.
Several “private parties” were organised on New Year’s Eve in banquets of the city hotels.
“There seems to be a significant surge in the demand for private parties in the city. Accordingly, we dropped the plan of organising the New Year party from our side. All our halls were booked for private parties on December 31,” said B.D. Singh, the general manager of hotel Maurya.
Revellers enjoyed themselves to the hilt in the “secured” private parties. “Private parties are comparatively safer for family and female friends. A group of my friends and I enjoyed ourselves in a private party at Hotel Gargee Grand,” said Anuj, a city-based chartered accountant.
A few ushered in the New Year with relatives. “We don’t have the party culture. I went to my sister’s place for a family dinner,” said Razi Ahmad, the secretary of Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Patna.