Spirit of Chennai forum based in Altrincham near Manchester has raised £12,000 plus through a cultural event….reports Asian Lite News
The fund raising event held at Jain Samaj at Stockport Road in Manchester was attended by a good number of South Indian communities. Local south Indian restaurants set up food stalls and Manchester Malayalee Organisation staged a thrilling Chenda Melam. Young volunteers sell raffle tickets to push the momentum. The organisers said every penny raised in the event will reach Chennai to ‘put smiles back on the face of flood victims.” Students from Manchester Tamil School join the event with a colourful Kavadi Dance.
Andrew Thomas of Rainbow Ragas sang some beautiful Tamil melodies while young Sneha Rammohan and Deetha Prakash staged a foot-tapping contemporary dance. Other performers are Shivangi Kumar and Mili Kumar (Sitar), Varshini, Nandhika, Anya, Abgail, Abhirami, meera, Kavya, Iyal, Sudhiksha, Krishna, Anoushka, Sanjana, (Thai Pongal); Ashwin, Rhithvik, Vishnu, Nanda, Harish and Amruth (Maatu Pongal); violin melody by Tushar; song by Vaikkun; Veena recital by Aparna; Nrithyakala students Shraddha, Teja, Sneha, Hita, Sudhikshna, dance by Jayanthi, Malar, Kavitha, Rekha, Nandhini and Shruthi besides a Rajasthani dance performance by Vindhya, Neha, Sneha, Anushka, Sanjana, Jayashree, Hitha, Shraddha, Shruthi and Nrithya and solo performance of Harish. (The list is incomplete)
The event was concluded with a Lungi dance by organisers and the audience racing each other to perform well. Organisers provided some belts and advises to avoid “lungi disasters” on the dance floor for amateurish lungi dancers.
Ashok Subramaniam, Dr Rammohan , Jayanthi Sivakumar, Nrithya Rammohan along with several volunteers were on forefront to make the event a success. Please see the Ggallery Below