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Have a heart, guys

THIS VALENTINE'S Day passed off peacefully with the message of love being supreme everywhere. While most restaurants and gift outlets stuck to the age-old ways of celebrating this day, a local organisation, Aas, sought to build a strong nation by helping the under-privileged and the younger generation in a proper way. This was, perhaps the noblest way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

On the occasion, a music programme, `Dil De Ke Dekho' was organised at New Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium. And the young as well as the young at heart lapped it up with glee and abandon.

The main attractions of the action-packed event were Bali Brahmbhat and M. Kazim's unforgettable performances, which left the audience speechless.

The artistes successfully conveyed the message to the audience that they could help the under-privileged and needy in the society and celebrate events and festivals simultaneously. The very fact that pop singer-turned-playback singer Bali Brahmbhat specially came to the Capital to participate in the event despite his busy in film career made his devotion to the cause obvious. Besides, over a dozen artists performed their best for the cause of the under-privileged.

It seemed the association was successful in its efforts as most of the people coming out of the show admitted that they also had a social responsibility towards society and they ought to contribute and even participate in such type of activities every year to celebrate the Valentine's Day.

"By doing this we can not only help our society but also do something concrete to give others the correct meaning of the Valentine's Day," commented a viewer.

One of the activists, Dilshad Haider, who has been associated with Aas over a long period, says the main purpose of this celebration is to help people who are needy, the younger generation who is in a great need of right direction. If the younger generation is given equal opportunities they will certainly contribute their best to the society.

"Child development must be the main motive for celebrating this day every year. Besides, over half-a-dozen programmes have taken place under the Aas Events, and we want to organise more such programmes for the sake of mankind and child development in the days to come."

Here's wishing that they are able to build bonds between the youngsters of the nation.

Maybe then other organisations will take a leaf out of Aas's book and do likewise.

SANTOSH KUMAR VERMA

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