Dubai: UAE Amchigele Samaj Celebrates Annual Day 2012 with Dazzling Event

Mrs. Anjana Harish Kamath
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Dubai Dec 07:The members of UAE Amchigele Samaj, celebrated their annual day in style with a day-long programme at The Millennium  School, Al Qusais, here on Friday, November 30th.The celebration began with the lighting of the lamp at 10.30 am by the Consul General of India in Dubai, H.E. Sanjay Verma, followed by a Prayer Dance. The audiences were mesmerized by the lovely performance put forth by Anirudh Pai, Akshata Shenoy, Abhishekh Pai, Anirudh Kamath, Chetan Pai, Neha Prabhu, Pragati Nayak, Vignesh Bhakta, Mahita Kamath, Niharika Shanbhag, Vibha Kamath, and Stuti Kamath . The dance was choreographed by Vrinda Kamath and Anjana Kamath.

 The participants of the Prayer dance were felicitated by Mr. Anil Kamath and Mr. Harish Shenoy.

The President of the Samaj, Mr. Rajiv Kamat, welcomed everyone to the daylong event. The Vice President of the Samaj, Mr. Shailesh Shenoy, extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, H.E. Sanjay Verma and Mr. Ramdas Kamath, General Manager, Middle East Traders, Diamond Sponsor of the Event.

The Consul General addressed the august gathering. He mentioned that the weather reminded everyone of their homeland and the inaugural Prayer dance made every bit of the moment feel like how it is back home. He also stressed on the participation of members of various Indian organizations in each others’ function, to enhance the feeling of brotherhood amongst all Indians.

The Consul General was felicitated by Mr. Ramdas Kamath, General Manger, Middle East Traders, Abu dhabi. The President of the Samaj, Mr. Rajiv Kamat, felicitated Mr. Ramdas Kamath of Middle East Traders, The Diamond Sponsor of the event.After the Felicitation, the students from Class 1 to 12th were  honoured for Scholastic & Non-scholastic achievements during the academic year 2011-2012.  The meritorious students were presented with Certificates and a momento for their achievements.

After the awards ceremony, The Media representatives were felicitated by  Mr. Sunil Shenoy, Communication and Media Secretary, of the Samaj.

The entertainment note was hit again with an electrifying performance by the Sharjah Kids, who performed to a medley of songs- Hits of 2012. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed and cheered this brilliant performance by Vindya Pai, Rhea Shenoy, Aditi Kamath, Avani Kamath, Prerna Pai, Manya Shenoy, Meghana Shenoy, Shikha Shenoy, Shashank Shenoy, Venkatesh Kini, Mukund Kini, Rishab Kamath.  The star stopper of the event was Mrs. Veena Pai, who danced to “get up n dance” and got the audiences up to dance with her. The dance was choreographed by Ms Shilpa Kamath.

The participants were felicitated by Mrs. Geetha Nayak, the Cultural Secretary of the Samaj.

 The Annual day event was made memorable by the kids of the Samaj, who took part in dance and skits, thoroughly entertaining the audiences.

After the dance programme,  the “Bhu Kailas” skit took off. The kids performed this brilliant skit under the Tutelage of Mr. Harish Shenoy, Director, and Mr. Keshav Mallya.  Each scene and each backdrop  was meticulously planned, by art director, Mrs. Sangeeta Shenoy.  Ms. Meghana Bhat as “Ravan” and Master Aditya Mallya as “Ganesh”, kept the crowd glued to their seats with their brilliant performance. Hamsika Shanbhag as ‘Kaikasi”, Ameya Mallya as “Ishwar”, Shraddha Shenoy as”Parvati”, Unnati Nayak as “Indra” and Kriti Kamath as “Narad Muni” entertained  audiences with their superb acting. The audience showered the kids with loud applause. Mrs. Anjana Kamath, Committee member, felicitated the skit team.

The entire event was hosted by Mr. Keshav Mallya and Mr. Sudarshan Hegde, who with their witty comments and humor, tickled the funny bone.  The audiences were given questions for which spot prizes were announced.  Nikhil Pai, who hosted a part of the Talent day programme was chosen to compere  some of the events for the Annual day along with Mr. Keshav Mallya and Mr. Sudarshan Hegde. The trio charmed the audiences with their sense of humor and  kept them waiting for more.

The next programme of the event was  a Bhajan and classical music performance by renowned Hindustani Vocalist, Mrs.Padmini K Rao.  Mrs. Padmini is a Hindustani Classical vocalist, based in Abu Dhabi, who studied under Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar ( the Dhrupad and Rudra veena maestro).

Mr.Keshav Mallya  introduced and welcomed  Mrs.Padmini Rao on stage. The crowd enjoyed this melodious performance, which comprised of soulful Abhangs. The performance, went on for about an hour, during which, each one of the audience, was engrossed in the divine melody.

Mrs. Rhea Rajiv Kamat and Mrs Pragati Shenoy, Hon.Secretary of the Samaj, felicitated Mrs. Rao after the soulful singing.Mrs.Padmini Rao was accompanied by Mr. Mohan Kamath, on the Harmonium and Mr. Avinash on the Tabla. Mr. Ganesh Bhat, Committee member, felicitated these talented artistes, who added their magic to the music.

After the divine musical session, by Mrs. Padmini  Rao, delicious lunch was served to all.

The eagerly awaited performance by Mr. Shivprasad Mallya and Troupe started post lunch. Shivprasad is a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Winner and has been a playback singer for Films and Telefilms in many languages. He has also performed along with Shreya Ghoshal on stage during her musical shows.

 The Musical extravaganza was hosted by Mr. Shantaram Bhandarkar aka Nitin, (Pehechan Kaun fame ) , who is a popular standup comedian. He introduced Mr. Shivprasad Mallya and Ms. Dharna, the main singers of the programme. 

The singing was a treat to the ears of music lovers and sent them dancing. Every song drew a big round of applause from the audience and musicians were filled with request for more and more. A crowd of more than 200 enthusiastic youngsters were seen dancing near the stage, rocking the event.
After a fun filled afternoon, with nonstop Bollywood music from yesteryears to current favs, the musical session came to a close.The fabulous main singers of the event, Shivprasad Mallya and Dharna were felicitated, by the Samaj.  Shataram Bhandarkar presented them with  mementoes on behalf of the Samaj.Shantaram Bhandarkar was  felicitated by Mr. Keshav Mallya on behalf of the Samaj.

The next event was a “Surprise Number”. The Committee members of the UAE Amchigele Samaj, put forth a dance number in Konkani, along with their spouses. The audiences were thrilled to bits and gave a roaring applause to each couple who performed, cheering throughout the comedy number. The participants were felicitated by Mr. Gopal Prabhu.

The evening saw a well-choreographed and superbly synchronized dance event by the  Dazzling Dance Diwa’s of Dubai. The participants Shruti Kamath, Sandhya Kamath, Veena Kamath, Manjula Shenoy & Suprita Kudva enthralled the audience with their dance to a medley of popular Bollywood numbers. The crowd enjoyed the fantafabulous performance.

The Honorary Secretary of the Samaj, Mrs. Pragati Shenoy, read out the Annual report to all the members, informing them of the activities of the Samaj.

The President of the Samaj, Mr. Rajiv Kamat and Vice President of the Samaj, Mr. Shailesh Shenoy felicitated the sponsors of the event and presented them with mementos.The Vice –President of the Samaj, Mr. Shailesh Shenoy presented the Vote of thanks.

Mr. Gopal Prabhu, on behalf of the Samaj Managing Committee, felicitated the Masters of Ceremony, Mr. Keshav Mallya, Mr. Sudarshan Hegde and Master Nikhil Pai, who hosted the entire day event.

After the full on entertainment the Annual day concluded with a grand Raffle Draw that was held where in lots of exiting prizes like Gold coins, BlackBerry phones, Net Book, Pierre Cardin Sun Glasses, LED Tv, Samsung S3s, Black n Decker Coffee makers, Festival City Gift Vouchers, Computer softwares for Businesses etc were distributed to the lucky winners.

Various Spot Prizes were distributed during the day which consisted of Gift vouchers from  Carrefour and Airmiles.

The event was grand success inspite of the rainy weather. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed their Friday with other community members and friends. 

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Comments on this Article
dinesh kamath, Mumbai Mon, April-7-2014, 12:23
I stay at Vashi , Navi mumbai. Was in Dubai last week as a guest of Mr and Mr.Prakash Mallya,Dubai. Went through the photographs and article.I am really proud of you peoples efforts . I suggest try and help konkani people to get more jobs in UAE and encourage our community people in their business. Hats off to ull . Regards - Dinesh Kamath
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