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2016 – ANOTHER FRUITFUL YEAR AT KENDRA
As 2016 draws to an end we reflect on the activities of the Kendra this year.
The Kendra continued its religious and cultural activities and some of its highlights included the ever-popular Rangili Shaam, the 17th Annual Sunday Times Eastern Bridal Fair as well as the 20th Annual Navratri festival (which included the Pre-Navratri Bhajan evening as well as the most enjoyable Antakshari evening), with the talented musicians from India. We also introduced the Randal Mata Pooja as well as the Diwali fireworks in addition to the approximately 40 other annual events. Some of these events are jointly hosted with the Surat Hindu Association, Shree Saptah Mandir, Patni Social Club and the Gujarati Mahila Mandal.
The Gujarati and Hinduism Classes continue to grow and the 2016 examinations have just been completed and the awards evening will be held on Monday, 5 December 2016. This year’s annual excursion took parents and children to the Brahma Kumaris Ashram in Effingham. The children of the school participate in numerous cultural and religious Kendra events like Holi, Rangili Shaam, Janmashthami, Navratri and the Diwali dinner. The youth committee also assists in a variety of programs of the Kendra.
The Retirement Home reached full capacity in occupancy by 90 residents in April, this year, and the waiting list now numbers 15 people. We recruited a house-mother, Deepaben Maharaj to support the activities of Ramnikbhai Juta and Rajenbhai Bhikha. She assists residents with individual attention and guidance.
Whilst there are delays caused by Town Planning approvals from City, we are hopeful of completing construction of the planned 7 additional rooms in 2017.
Kendra celebrated its 20th Navratri festival in association with Surat Hindu Association and Patni Social Club from 1 to 10 October 2016, with International artistes, Baba Sohel and Group from Surat, India.
The Pre-Navratri bhajan evening by the India group was very well received. Over 350 people enjoyed the bhajans with an international class of music which was followed by meals.
The Navratri program is a large project and requires months of planning and preparation. The Kendra Cultural and Religious Committees work tirelessly to co-ordinate this function. Our “Happy Hour” was the daily evening aarti, despite adverse weather, we noticed a great number of people attended the evening aarti. READ THE FULL STORY
BAND BAAJA…BRIDAL FAIR!!!
Walking into the bridal fair, I am surrounded by beautiful lehengas, sarees, splashes of colour, dazzling jewels and I’m bewildered by the colours, effervescence and music. To every bride, the most important event in her life is her wedding day and she dreams, she plans and works hard at making it the most memorable day of her life. The annual Sunday Times Eastern bridal fair offers her everything to plan her magical day all under one roof.
Where else, but at a bridal fair, can you preview ceremony and reception locations, pursue photographer’s portfolios, attain the latest high quality fashion directly from India, sample a variety of foods and desserts and plan your perfect honeymoon? Yes, you can at the Sunday Times Eastern Bridal Fair!
Hats off to the Kendra’s Eastern Bridal Fair Team who did a tremendous job in the planning and execution of this amazing event. This year being the 17th year, the show has grown from the humble beginnings at Kendra to now, at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
The highlight of the bridal fair, for me, was undoubtedly the glittering fashion show. Draped in colourful and elegant sarees and lehengas models came strutting down the ramp making the task of choosing an outfit much easier. In all the drama, they have not forgotten the men. The male models also showcased their beautiful sherwanis, tuxedos and suits. The dances choreographed by Pavishen Paideya were a beautiful medley of classical, contemporary and modern art forms. Shruti Rane, her velvety voice, excellent rapport and her charm and interaction with the audience made her a true asset to the entire show.
For a working woman, this is a one stop shop. It is a priority family event in Durban’s social calendar. A wedding can be planned from start to finish and Kendra has made it that simple. Each year brings a different magic and I Priyal Popat am looking forward to next year’s bridal fair already!
THE KENDRA SENIOR CITIZENS
The Kendra Senior Citizens have attended numerous meetings in the past 5 years. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month. The age respondents of attendees to these meetings are between the ages of 42 years to 82 years old. Mr Chottubhai Gokal Soni, who is the convenor of these meetings, has established an excellent relationship with all Senior Citizens and the community. He ensures valuable information sharing and knowledge sharing at these meetings, by mobilizing specialists in various disciplines to give talks at these meetings. He hopes for more people to attend this social gathering and educational talks. READ THE FULL STORY
Year-End Function at KGRH
The Kendra Garden’s residents, staff and the committee celebrated the year-end at a social evening with music from the 1960’s.
Registration number: 004-387 NPO
Registration number: 004-387 NPO