A Hindu event in Trafford raised £2,800 for charity.

In mid September 2021, Soham Bhansali, Harish Nair and Aahi Shah -students of Altrincham Grammer School for Boys (AGSB) and Altrincham Grammer School for Girls (AGGS) sat down and decided they needed to do something, something festive, something entertaining, something to get everyone back on their feet following a year and a half in lockdown.

That something was Utsav 2021.  


Utsav 2021 – a multicultural performance night, Altrincham’s first ever! 2 nights, 15 performances, 87 performers and 39 volunteers. In under 2 months of preparations, Utsav 2021 was set to go.  

On Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November 2021,  students from AGSB’s Hindu Sikh and Jain society (HSJS) joined forces with AGGS’ Hindu Society. Together they took on the task of entertaining 350 attendees, which included students, parents, and staff, at this much anticipated event. 

The Hindu, Sikh and Jain Society had two clear goals; spread the awareness of the cultural diversity within the two schools through 15 energetic performances and raise as much money as possible for the chosen charity – Veerayatan.  

The first half of the night consisted of a wide variety of multicultural performances including dancing, drama, singing and more! The performances ranged from jazz bands to traditional Gujarati dance to the re-enactment of the Ramayana. Every performer was a volunteer and had a chance to express their creativity in different forms.  

Understanding the value of good education, Veerayatan stood out as being the perfect charity. Their fundamental aim of providing education by building schools for underprivileged children in rural India aligned strongly with our core values.

Veerayatan is a charity that strives to uplift and empower humanity through the three jewels of humanitarianism (Sewa), education (Sadhana) and inner development (Shiksha).  

This multicultural performance night turned out to be a tremendous success, surpassing any expectations we had by raising an incredible £2800. This huge figure was only possible through the generous support we received all from the attendees and sponsors.

Every single penny raised will go to building a new library in Tirthankar Mahavir Vidhya Mandir school in Palitana, India. A big thank you to all those who attended and helped at the event! 

This event allowed many AGSB and AGGS students to gain invaluable experiences. The chance to be on stage in front of many familiar and unfamiliar faces improved the confidence of the performers.

In addition, the HSJS volunteers were able to develop as leaders through managing the various aspects of the event; decorations, food and drinks, tickets, and performances.  

To find out more about the event, be sure to check out @agsb.hsjs on Instagram!