Indian Association Oldham, Greater Manchester, Saheli Women’s group organised a mega event in Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day. The hall was packed with huge crowds from all over the region to join in the celebrations.
Oldham became centre of attraction as the Association brought in mega stars from across the nation and abroad. Navin Kundra, the star of Brit-Asian music scenario, took crowds to ecstasy. He holds his name in Guinness book of world record, and has performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and also at Wembley stadium to welcome Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi when he made his first visit to UK last year.
The other artists included Man from South Africa, and rising star Shyam Panchmatia from Stockport performed brilliantly for the occasion.
President of Indian Association Mr Shashibhai Mohandas welcomed everyone and reminded the long struggle for independence and the incredible progress India has made ever since. He said despite numerous problems faced by natural calamities, India has now become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He praised the immense progress made by Oldham’s Indian Association since its establishment in 1968.
The Mayor of Oldham Cllr Derek Heffernan and Madam Mayoress were the chief guests of honour, along with Cllr Abdul Jabbar (deputy leader of Council) with his wife Mrs Imran Begum. Mr Mayor praised the Indian community in Oldham and appreciated their positive contributions in making Oldham a better place for all. He emphasized that we should leave our past behind and work together for the future. He said we are all one family, and we should remember we are all brothers and sisters.
Cllr Abdul Jabbar too praised the Indian community particularly pointing out their outstanding contributions in the NHS, commerce and social fields. He said that the Indian Association has always supported the charitable activities of the Mayors office, and thanked the community for their huge support for this town.
The General Secretary of the Indian Association Mr Sasibhai Patel said that we are moving with time and adopting changes to meet the changing needs of our society in this country. It is important to keep integration as the main focus and adopt the good values of all cultures that we see all around us. He said today’s event was a great example where we brought in musicians who performed mixture of Eastern and Western music which has gone down extremely well.
The Mayor of Oldham joined in performing Bhangra dancing which delighted the whole crowd. The night proved to be one of the most successful and memorable event.