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Maa Tujhe Salam Salutes Woman

Maa Tujhe Salam Salutes Woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report by: RAVNEET SEHMI

Photo by: DHRUV SHAH

Kenbharti Centre organised a twofold celebration on 11th August; not only did they witness the seventh edition of Maa Tujhe Salam, a platform which served as a momentous ode to India’s Independence Day through a dynamic dance competition, the occasion was also to celebrate and honour women trailblazers of society during a special award ceremony.

Addressing the audience, the Chairman of Kenbharti Centre, Abhjieet Gupta said, “We believe Kenya and Hindustan’s culture should be addressed with equal importance. Our working land is Kenya, but our motherland is India, so we wanted to create an atmosphere in Nairobi, which brings about cohesiveness between Kenya and India – that is why Kenbharti was born.”

Also speaking was Chief Guest, Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency (HE) Suchitra Durai, who added, “This year’s celebration is very special, as it coincides with the High Commission’s own program… Incidentally, this year completes 70 years of the opening of the Indian Resident Mission in Nairobi, so this is indeed a special landmark.”

The evening was a merriment affair, blending delightful group performances to patriotic tunes and an awards ceremony, all to the wild applauses and appreciation of the 600-plus audience members.

A panel of prominent jury members comprising of Dr Chandu Sheth, Suresh Kumar, Allaudin Qureshi, T Ramamurthy, Heman Jadavji and Abhay Sinha, had the arduous task of deliberating and tallying the final results of women achievers.

Selected by the jury were: Suhasini Desai (The Prime Bank Trophy), Namrata Shah (Chandaria Foundation Trophy), Dr Prabha Choksey (Art Jewellers Ltd Trophy), Priya Budhbhatti (Crown Paints Trophy), Dr Jyoti Trivedi (Filmline Ltd Trophy), Sonal Maherali (Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital Trophy) and Madhvi Dalal (Catalyst Tarvels Trophy).
A special Life Time Achievement Award was
presented to Usha Shah (Kenbharti Jury Trophy).

Judging the dance groups on the day were three esteemed judges, The Asian Weekly’s Nisha Hirani, dance guru – Gita Umesh and dance teacher –

Debapriya Das. Having diligently done their part, they awarded the trophies to The Lifters Group (Hotpoint Trophy of Dance) in first place, with Maharastra Mandal (Ramtons Trophy of Dance) finishing as runners up, while a tie between Khalaiya Group and The Dancetastics (Swad Restaurant Trophy Dance) saw a joint-third finish.

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