Diwali Cultural programme 2018 was celebrated in a grand style on 27th October 2018 at Wythenshawe forum Hall in Manchester
Dr Madan Thirugnanam, Vice President of Northern Tamil Association welcomed everyone. In his welcome address, he went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one. The NTA committee worked as a ‘Kudumbam’ to make this Diwali a great celebration.
Mr.Umer Khan, Superintendent of Police graced the function. Mr.Umer Khan is leading ‘We stand together campaign’ and Board member ‘ Our Manchester Forum’. He mentioned Manchester is most culturally diverse city only next to London. He gave an excellent speech and mentioned Multi cultural events like this would be beneficial in bringing the best talents in youngsters. He highlighted the benefits of ethnic diversity and the economic and cultural benefits it brought along with it.
The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu followed by two minutes silence for world peace.
A new look, user-friendly Website was launched by Mr.Siva Balachandran, Mr. Hariharan Sairam and Dr Asokan Krishnaier. Mr. Siva went through how the new website works and its various user-friendly features. Dr. Asokan mentioned how the website evolved in the last ten years from a humble beginning.
The NTA Magazine ‘Thendral’ successfully released this year by Dr Saravanan Prakasam & Dr Ashok Elayaperumal. The NTA Magazine gives a huge platform to all Tamil people in UK to bring their talents in non performing arts.
The star attraction this year was the jam-packed Performing Arts programs by various groups’ people all over the North of England.
There were fifty- five programs to keep the audience entertained for nearly six hours.
The judges for our event were Mr. Andrew Thomas, Mrs.Nrithya Rammohan & Mrs.Abhinandana. The judges had tough time deciding the best performing team. The standard of the entertainment was very high and the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every programme. All the participants and all the teams provided exceptional performances. The Winners Trophy won by East Midlands – Derby & Nottingham and Runners Trophy won by Wirral.
The stage was filled with LED screens which gave a modern look. The hall had a good Music system. The Hall was packed with more than 700 people and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.
Sai Spice did catering for the programme from Manchester. Everyone praised the quality of the food and the variety of Indian food sold was a huge hit among audience.
Dr.M.Nachiappan, President of NTA, proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations. He went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization has grown from strength to strength over the last 30 years.
Mr. Kalyan organized raffle and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale.
Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:
1. Sai Spice, Manchester
2. HDFC Bank, Manchester
3. Lyca TV
4. St James Place
6.General & Medical Accounts Ltd
8. Lakshmi Stores
9.Life Line Protect
11.British Tamil Radio
12.Devanathan Financial Advisor
NTA introduced Bursaries for the Tamil Schools in UK for the first time. As always, this time also we are proud to support and donate the following Charities:
1.Vanavil School, supporting underprivileged children in Tsunami affected areas.
2.Olirum Vazhvu, Supporting the under privileged in Srilanka.
3.Five Tamil schools received Bursaries in UK
The NTA Tamil Deepavali cultural programme 2018 would not have been a success without the support of our members, participants, guests and our supporters. On behalf of our association, we would like to say a huge thank you for your support in our entire endeavour.
We once again look forward to seeing you all in our Tamil Chithirai Thiruvizha’ musical concert by Rajhesh Vaidhya Live in UK Concert in Stockport Plaza on 12th May 2019.
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Review written by Dr Asokan Krishnaier, Editor NTA website Advisor NTA UK