On the last day of the year, let’s look at the happenings, Newsmakers and shakers of the Asian Scene for 2013.
January kicked off with the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda and a night of entertainment at the Oshwal Centre on 12th January. This year-long celebration consisted of many more programs cultural, educational and religious. The Oshwal Senior Citizens meanwhile enjoyed a Sunday morning of the beautiful melodies of their times at the Oshwal Centre in 13th January and took many back in time, reminiscing about romance, friendship and heart breaks, songs sung live by Rasik Bhai and Kala Ben.
Gearing up to the General Elections, the month of February was surrounded by visits from the political parties and their candidates including President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Peter Kenneth, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Governor Evans Kidero. Peace prayers for a successful General Elections were held by the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha dubbed “Ektaa Smagam” at the Gurudwara Nanaksar on 26th February. Entertainment was not far behind, with a musical play by Hoodwink 9 Theatre when they presented “Satya Sanatan” at the Oshwal Centre on 24th February. India’s TV Stars also visited the country for the Zuku Cricket Wars tournament and big stars such as Barun Sobti had a line of fans with the Twitter Handle of East FM going viral with his photos and updates.
The Maha Shivratri celebrations at the Lohana Mahajan Mandal on 10th March were simple and remarkable. Finally Hanuman Chalisa Prayers were held on 16th March for the just concluded General Elections and on 23rd March the Pakistan High Commission commemorated the 66th National Day of Pakistan which included speeches, dinner and various diplomats and ambassadors.
While April started with the colors spillover of the Holi Mela at the SSD Temple on 29th March by “SYNC-Sanatan Youth Nurturing the Community”; the Sikhs in Kericho celebrated their New Year, Vaisakhi with pomp and fare and the Sindhi Community celebrated their New Year & 10th Year Anniversary with a dinner party on 20th April.
There was another successful show Lamhe produced by Kamini Thakkar on 21st April at the Oshwal Centre.
The iSikh Art competition won the hearts of many including the newly nominated First Asian Lady Member of Parliament Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi at the Siri Gurudwara Railway South C on 18th May. It was also a time to honor another wonderful lady, Mrs Kantaben Ratilal Shah who had fasted for 14months and was given a great appreciation day by her family, relatives and close friends on 12th May. The mother of Radio Africa Group’s directors Piyush Shah and Deepak Shah, Mrs Kantaben remained humble and devoted to her prayers.
East FM opened the month of June with the Sun Gold Sun Rice Super Chef competition season 3, while the poets made a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on 26th May at the Braeburn Theatre. This musical poetry drama was organized by the Kenya Bengalee Culture Welfare Society and was called Gitanjali.
India’s top designer Vikram Phadnis presented a fashion show at the Safari Park Hotel on 30th June for a charity show by the Giants Group of Twiga. A new Shiv Temple was opened in Kibigori and was renamed as the Kamleshwar Maha Shiv Temple by Shri Kamal Shah and Shri Vaishali Shah of the Shrivedant Foundation on 15th July. The Sun Gold Sun Rice Season 3 winner Ashwinder Sokhi was crowned on 6th July at the Village Market. This competition had drawn massive interest and Radio Africa Group CEO Patrick Quarcco announced that they will televise it next time on Kiss TV. The party continued on 14th July at the Sikh Union grounds with the great fun fair, RYA Khel Mela.
The Hindi Samiti celebrated its 10th anniversary and India’s 66 years of independence on 20th August. The event drew in many well-known personalities including Swami Satyamitranand from India. The iSikh hosted a successful camp at the Sikh Temple Makindu and also marked their 10th Anniversary on 9th August. Then came the international Indian musicians Salim Merchant and brother Sulaiman Merchant to perform at the Aga Khan Pavilion on 23rd August and the main highlights were performances by India’s top singers Benny Dayal, Vipul Mehta and Shraddha Pandit.
A never seen before UV light dance performance was done at the musical show “The Legend of Buddha” on 30th August at the Oshwal Centre directed by Rashmita Shah. But it was the spectacular show by the Shree Gujar Sutar Vishvakarma Mandir on their show “Aankhon Ki Awaaz” on Sunday 8th September at the Oshwal Centre Auditorium that stole all the limelight.
The sad Westgate Terror attack remained close at heart and shook the entire world. Soon prayers poured in, rescue missions and a very united Kenya including National Prayers held at the KICC on 1st October. When the day of Dushera came on 13th October at the SSD Temple, the battle of good versus evil was accomplished as the effigy of evil Ravana was burned. Life moved on and the beat of dance soon caught up as Just Like That brought in DJ Lemon from India for a party night at the Venom Club on 19th October.
Kenya’s 50 years celebrations moved into full gear when Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, Nominated MP hosted the Deputy President William Ruto, Hon. Aden Duale, Hon. Sakaja Johnson for dinner at the Laico Regency on 10th November. “We Are One” was the message by all including Bidco Oil Refineries CEO Vimal Shah.
As promised East FM launched their frequency in Kisumu on 31st November and the Festival of Friendship held a night full of stars at the Aga Khan Pavillion. The theme was the Bollywood 100 years and it was the awards night for their just concluded sports festival on 7th December. As Kenya turned 50 on 12th December the Khoja Mosque along Moi Avenue was marked as an iconic building in Kenya history.
Finally it was time to say goodbye to 2013 and what better style than an action packed film Dhoom 3 hosted by Dura Coat paints for East FM fans on 23rd December. The show goes on and see you again in 2014, drive safe, enjoy and thank you for your support always.