Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Non Resident Biharis in Singapore celebrated Diwali

BIJHAR, the cultural society of people from Bihar and Jharkhand celebrated the festival of light “Deep Utsav 2012” on Sunday evening at Goldkist Beach Resort on the East Coast Parkway, Singapore.

The event witnessed a turnout of more than 300 members and guests. Deputy High commissioner of Indiain Singapore, Mr. Tsewang Namgyal was the Guest of Honour. The event kicked off after Mr. Namgyal lit the traditional Lamp. In his speech he expressed his happiness to note the impressive progress made by BIJHAR year after year. He also underscored BIJHAR's commendable efforts in reaching out to the needy and underprivileged both in Singapore and India.  
BIJHAR President Prakash K Hetamsaria in his speech mentioned about BIJHAR's committments towards social engagements highlighting activities such as blood donation campaigns, visits to the homes for the handicapped, knowledge sharing sessions, sports events, pranayam classes etc. apart from celebration of various festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Holi, Saawan Utsav and Dandiya with members and friends. He also highlighted some impressive activities about working closely with National Integration Council and other societies in Singapore for racial harmony and integration for new citizens and immigrants.

The highlights of the evening included Ganesh Vandana, a play from the epic Ramayan scripted and directed by BIJHAR's life trustee and co-founder Rajesh Anand, dances on Bollywood numbers by BIJHAR members and a group of Japanese women and some soul-stirring Bhojpuri songs by BIJHAR members. However, the show stealer this year was a unique fashion parade conceptualised by BIJHAR member Tulika Singh that won everyone's heart for its novelty, theme, costumes and execution. The role of Narad Muni enacted by Nishant Kumar also deserves special mention for the justice that he brought out in his histrionics.
As usual, the Jam session continued almost until midnight over an eclectic mix of Hindi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi hits.
The food this year was catered by Tandoor Kitchen and comprised of tasty delicacies including Jalebis and Rabri.

Article Courtesy - Sri Rajesh Anand, Singapore

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