Thurrock Asian Association led the community celebrations of the famous Indian festival of DIWALI at the Thameside Theatre, Grays on Saturday 12th November, 2011 which was attended by more than 300 adults and young people from all communities living in Thurrock and surrounding districts.
The Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Charlas Curtis and the Mayoress Cllr Wendy Curtis were the chief guests who wished HAPPY DIWALI to all the people and praised the work of the Thurrock Asian Association for bringing about Community Cohesion amongst various Thurrock Communities by organising this wonderful multi-coloured and multicultural event.
Also joined in the celebrations were a number of Councillors including Cllr Tony Fish, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Cllr Bukky Okunade, Cllr Martin Healy, and Cllr Simon Wootton. Jo Olsson Corporate Director, People’s Service represented the Chief Executive of Thurrock Council. A number of Community Organisations were also represented in the audience.
The evening was full of Asian , Western, classical, modern and folk music and dancing. The highlights of the evening were Diwali Songs sung by the Asian Adult Music Group; Bollywood dancing performances by the Zarine Dancers, Storm Entertainment and The Thurrock Naplese Group. A loud cheers came from the audience to the beautiful classical performance of Bharatanatyam Dancers led by Sanskriti. The audience appreciated the vocal performance of Jai Khan and Voilin Playing by Adisha.
It was the internationally famous Punjabi JUGNU Bhangra Group which really moved the feet and hands of the audience by their enthusiastic Bhangra Performance for more than 30 minutes.
Yash Gupta, President of the Association in his welcoming address outlined the achievements of Thurrock Asian Association and added,’ I was delighted that this evenings’ celebrations fulfilled broad objectives of the Association i.e to bring about community cohesion and community well-being amongst all residents by organising such cultural events.’
Meena Mitra, Cultural Secretary of the Association thanked everyone for their contributions to make this evening a memorable event.
Mr. K. Mitra, Secretary of the Association said, ‘Our Committee Members worked hard to make this evening an enjoyable one for every one to have a nice, happy time.’