Music, Handicraft and Food Diversity at Commonwealth Fair at Kensington Town Hall in London…reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri
The Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) organised the Annual Commonwealth Fair at Kensington Town Hall, under the aegis of the current chairwoman Ms. Janet Charles, Acting High Commissioner for Dominica.
About 35 countries have participated in the fair to raise funds for Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF) which focusses on girls’ education and empowerment. A Food Court was organised encompassing different cuisines on offer and individual country stalls displayed the national handicraft and unique products on sale. For visitors, the fair provided an enriching journey through the richness and diversity of different countries of the Commonwealth.
Mrs Poonam Patnaik, wife of Acting High Commissioner of India Mr Dinesh K Patnaik, said: “Charity begins at home-was something I kept hearing as I grew up. For us diplomatic community home keeps changing from country to country, hence this world is our home. A humble attempt to contribute to the society in whatever way is exactly what I and several ladies from the Commonwealth countries and the IHCLA (Indian High Commissions Ladies Association) have attempted to do by participating in this event.
“The IHCLA has been raising funds since 1857 when Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit was heading the mission here. The group has contributed time, culinary expertise and energy by organsing a food stall at the fair where tasty spicy yummy Indian food such as Golgappas, Aloo Tikki, Papri Chaat etc. were offered. We have represented our country’s rich cultural heritage providing the international community a taste of India by showcasing our amazing handicrafts and a glimpse of one of our dance forms, Bihu dance from Assam”.
She further added how the countries collaborated together as a community and worked closely towards a common cause.