Celebs share their fondest Janmashtami memories.
Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna who is lovingly known as Kanha, will be celebrated on August 30 this year. Looking back at their childhood days, TV stars share some of their fondest memories related to the festival.
Sneh Binny, co-owner of Delhi Binny’s Brigade, agrees with Sheena. “Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve attended a Janmashtami ceremony. It was when I was in a boarding school. In fact, I was part of the human pyramid back then. It’s a fun festival,” he said.
Bhagya Lakshmi actress Parull Chaudhry recalls seeing decorative jhankis outside everyone’s home in Delhi. “My Janmashtami memories are of my childhood days. There used to be decorative jhankis outside everyone’s home in Delhi, and in the evenings we would go for a long walk along with neighbors, friends, and family and take a round of the entire neighbourhood and take Prasad from everyone who had this beautiful jhankis made with such effort and love. As far as Dahi Handi goes, I have seen the madness here in Mumbai. I have witnessed some really difficult ones, which are tied at a great height and takes expertise and team effort to break. The music and energy around give the participants so much encouragement, however, I feel it isn’t safe,” she shared.
Inspector Avinash actor Harjinder Singh likes bhajans and kirtans during the festival time. “Janmashtami is a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. I’ve seen one or two Dahi Handis. The good thing about Janmashtami is that the bhajans and kirtans take place in temples, and that adds to the positivity,” he shared.
Sasural Simar Ka 2 actor Avinash Mukherjee enjoys the Dahi Handi celebration. “I have been raised in Mumbai, so I have seen Janmashtami’s Dahi Handi celebration quite often. The festive feeling is always good. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city where all festivals are celebrated. That’s the beauty of living in Mumbai.
Naagin 5 actor Sharad Malhotra recalls celebrating the festival in Kolkata. “In Kolkata, my hometown Janmashtami is celebrated in a big way. I feel very good when I hear Lord Krishna bhajans, the vibrations of Janmashtami are very good. It comes after Rakshabandhan and is followed by Ganpati, Navratri, and Diwali,” he said.
Producer Nivedita Basu talks about the Janmashtami sequence in TV shows. “Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and we get to celebrate all the festivals, Janmashtami is one of them. Even in television shows, we incorporate the Janmashtami sequence, and Lord Krishna is the saviour to many of our protagonists in times of need. Janmashtami sequences are mostly well-received by the audience,” she said.
Tiger Heart producer Amit Sarin used to do a lot of masti with friends. “Janmasthmi is always amazing. The Dahi Handi songs in films and TV shows always look good. Lord Krishna has a special place in our hearts as well as in TV and films. I enjoy all festivals. In school, it used to be fun as one used to get to do a lot of masti with friends. I used to relish nariyal ladoo in abundance,” he recalled.
Tera Yaar Hoon Main actor Sagar Parekh used to be part of Dahi Handi celebration. “I remember when I was 10 years old, my mom used to dress me up like Lord Krishna. She used to recite lines from Bhagwat Gita. All the children used to come together, climb up and break Dahi Handi. I even had a hairline fracture due to it,” he shared.