Bollywood sensation - a night of fashion, fun, food and friends

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Well what a night this was, the Sri Lankan Australian Malay Association, SLAMA, put on what can only be termed as a real sensation. The Glenwood Community Hub was just the right size with around 250 guests attending. Plenty of parking, easy of access from any part of Sydney, the hall marks of a good venue.

The MC Krishan Lye opened up the proceedings and gave us a quick idea of was planned for the evening. The event opened with the SLAMA song with the choir and friends singing in harmony.

The Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney was the Chief guest and his speech was genuinely one of warmth and friendship. He noted that attending this event was just like coming home as he had so many old college friends in the hall and he had grown up with many of the families who were there that day. One of the best speeches we have heard for a very long time.

This event had everything, the fashion show started with the little ones doing their cat walk in real style, paired off very nicely with real Bollywood attire. This was followed by the ladies who were beautifully dressed, almost as if they had walked off a Bollywood movie set, and many of them would have fitted into any top notch movie, the confidence they displayed on the catwalk and later in the performance they gave. The choreography was superb and we managed to get a photo of the young genius behind the moves.

Forum Pandya, Miss, Mrs, Ms Indian Australian Worldwide 2017 came on stage and gave us a stunning solo performance of a Hindi dance. Her very body spoke words every time she moved. Such was her grace and charm. Watching her, one could only visualize the hours upon hours she would have practiced to perfect her routine.

We were delighted to hear Surathi Sappideen and Zeshan Mantara perform a duet from that great 1998 Hindi Movie, Kuch Kuch Hotahei, the theme song is still one of the most popular Hindi songs ever. They sang it to perfection making it a very memorable performance.

Food was simply fantastic and I was fortunate to get an early photo of the trio in the kitchen who cooked and served the delicious biriyani, chicken curry, raita, Malay pickle, vegetable curry and much more. To me this was just like home cooking, fresh, tasty and aromatic.

DJ Shehan was spinning the disks and it was great to finally meet him. His selection and timing were spot on. After the fashion show was over and dinner was all done, the real fun started with the guest packing the floor to dance to his music. It was a great evening and we were fortunate to be right there to photograph the event and do this short write up too.

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The kids who performed were : Kaylan Mantara, Dylan Mendis, Cassie Davidson, Rashika Osumand, Amelia Sahideen, Mariam Careem, Shahan Careem and Dian Samsudeen

The ladies were: Chaz Ousmand, Shalina Sabar, Marie Davidson, Tazzy Miskin, Shevani Samahon, Rizani Amath, Nizmin Miskin, Sarah Careem and Saqeena Samat.

Apologies if I have left anyone out. It was not easy to get all these name down.




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