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Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds'

“Abheda” team celebrated Diwali with the mojo of joy in oneness in Leeds”….writes Sushma Swaroop

Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds'
Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds’

Diwali is the time of celebrations pomp and gaiety every year, being one of the most celebrated and the biggest Indian festival. It’s the “Festival of Lights”, commemorating the victory of good over bad. Diwali culminates the custom and contemporary, binding people of various faiths and traditions in coming together to celebrate with joy and enlighten the world with the concept of ‘oneness in happiness’ across the world with great excitement.

In Leeds, “Abheda” team celebrated Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness”. The word ‘Abheda’ derived from Sanskrit means “without discrimination and feeling of oneness”. True to its name, team Abheda brought the festivity and conviviality of Diwali to Leeds on 12th November 2016 at the White Rose Banqueting Hall, by hosting an enthralling party, open to all people without any barriers like faith or racial origin.

Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds'
Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds’

The event was packed with loads of entertainment, showcasing the cultural diversity of India under one umbrella encompassing activities and fun for all ages. Abedha’s Diwali was ‘for all the family’, providing a podium for both the children and adults alike to display their talents. The performances included recitals from the Holy Scriptures by children, traditional dances of India with Bharatanatyam of South and Kathak of North, an array of musical performances with an assortment of instruments and dances to catchy contemporary Bollywood tunes. The show stoppers of the day were the “Kids Fashion Show”, Dance by Thumukda Girls group, and “mad ads” by the Leeds Kannada Boys group.

Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds'
Abheda team celebrate Diwali with the mojo of “Joy in oneness in Leeds’

Kids Fashion show stole all the hearts with children showcasing the different states of India, dressed up in the colorful regional attires and walking down the ramp in pairs to the soulful music of “Vande Mataram” by A R Rehaman. The enthralling dance performances by ‘Thumakda Girls’- a group formed by working mums,  brought out a big applause and appreciation from the audience. The Mad Ads by Leeds Kannada Boys- group of doctors created ripples of bone tickling laughter and applause by the viewers.

The event raised money for a charity through raffle tickets for “Samathvam” charity based in Bangalore India which focusses on delivering healthcare to all rural populations affected by diabetes, especially children with diabetes and endocrine disorders.

The wholesome entertainment and treat for the palate was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Team Abhedha is committed to bring an even bigger blast of fun and entertainment to Leeds in 2017 enlightening the “festival of lights.”

 

 

 

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