Saudi Arabia: Mangalorean Association Celebrates 'Sambrama'
Compiled by: Ravi Karkera
Dammam, May 18: On Thursday, 16th April 2009 Mangalore Association Saudi Arabia celebrated its 2nd Annual Day “SAMBRAMA” in a grand style. Award Ceremonies, Induction of New Committee, Raffle Draws were the special attractions other than the splendid cultural show.
The Gulf Pearl Compound Hall was jam packed by evening 6 pm and over 700 people enjoyed the show. The event started by a welcome song, written by Praveena Sukumar Shetty. Then the existing Executive Committee was invited to the dais. The President Madhav Amin lit the ceremonial lamp followed by the Management Committee members. Members and guests were welcomed by Saritha Peter Aranha.
General Secretary Ravi Karkera addressed the gathering and briefed about the objectives and achievements of MASA in its short span of two years. He also announced about the forthcoming events during the year. The forthcoming new attractions are Drawing and Public speaking competitions, educational workshops, yoga classes besides sports day, talents day, medical camp, Internal Cricket tournament and the food festival “Bai Ruchi 2009”.
The President, Madhav Amin greeted all the members for their active participation in all events and bringing name and fame for the success of MASA all around. He appreciated the dedication and the selfless efforts of members for helping MASA in achieving its objectives.
Anil Madan, Division ‘F’ Governor of Toast Masters International, district 79 conducted the Inducting ceremony of new office bearers for 2009-2010 under the leadership of Mr. Madhav Amin as president.
New Executive Committee: Madhav Amin(President), Ravi Karkera (Vice President & Sports Committee Chief), Santhosh Shetty (General Secretary & Entertainment Committee Chief), Sadanand Poojary (Treasurer), Viraj Shetty (Jt. Secretary), Victor Sequeira (Jt. Secretary), Ahmed Gulam Beary (Jt. Treasurer & Purchase Committee Chief), Dayanand Shriyan (Assessment Committee Head), Gopal Shetty Sr.(Catering Committee Chief), Chandrashekar, Navin Shetty Jubail, Babu Kotebettu, Naveen Bhandary, Narendra Shetty and Gopal Shetty Jr.(Executive Committee Members). Prakash Shetty and Suresh Shetty (Internal Auditors)
Awards were given to MASA member students for their Academic Excellence from class’s 9th to 12th std. Champions Trophies were bagged by Ms. Deeksha Bhandary among girls sports event and Master Ritesh Uday Sanil for men’s sports event. Internal Cricket Trophies were awarded to MASA Challengers (Winners) lead by Nizamuddin and MASA Hurricane (Runner Up) lead by Nayaz Kaiser.
The most dedicated services awards were given to: Shashikant Poonja, Gopal Shetty (Amsyco), Dayanand Chowta, Naveen Shetty, Osmond D’ Souza, Rajesh Thingalaya, Babu Kotebettu, Chandrashekar Karkera, Nayaz Kaiser, Nayaz Ahmed, Vidyadhar Shetty and Shailesh Shetty.
The most prestigious award “MASA Man of the Year” was given to Mr. Santhosh Shetty, Joint Secretary for his commitment, endurance and significant contribution on the success of MASA. Mr. Santhosh Shetty was greeted with standing ovation by the gathered audience. The celebration of 27th Wedding Anniversary of Raj Boloor and Rekha Boloor was a surprise event for the celebrating couples who were life time and senior members of MASA.
Attractive raffle prizes were drawn in between the cultural events. The session was conducted by veteran Toastmaster CTM Lancy D’ Souza.
The cultural event was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The honorable guest Lt. Col. J. A. Rocque, Retired, the Principal In Charge of Girls Section, International Indian School, Dammam commented by saying that he was amazed by the performance of each and every item. He was thrilled by the professional way of organizing the entire events which made the couple to watch entire show till the end by cancelling their other engagements.
The cultural events included: Deepa (lights) Dance – ‘Hachevu Kannadada Deepa’ by ladies Chetana Poojary, Shilpa Sanil, Sunita Vishwanath, Mahima Poojary, Hema Bhandary, Ashwini and Sunita Shriyan. Bharat Natyam was performed by Parinitha Shetty and Mohini Attam was presented by Navya Shetty.
The special attraction was the traditional Janapada Dance by Vidya & Group. Rockers group dance presented by group of children from age group 6 to 14 were Prateek P, Prishitia P, Divya Karkera, Pooja Suvarna, Sheetal Sanil, Deeksha Bhandary, Pranam Bhandary, Shravan Shetty, Smrithi S. Poojary & Kushi Karkera. Re mix dance “Mehabooba & Desi Girls” by Sheron Crasta & Amanda Carol was worth watching. Veneeth Mishal’s dance on DON music was fantastic. Group Dance by Nayaz Kaiser, Abdul Azeez and Sunmeet Karkera cannot be forgotten for a while. The main attraction was the hilarious dance by Santhosh & Group ‘The Mental Hospital’.
The audience enjoyed the dance to the fullest extent which was full of fun and humor. The solo and duet numbers were sung by Prateek Poojary, Pramod Pai, Nayaz Kaiser, Parinitha and Jitesh Kottara. The solo and group dances by Siddhi Shetty, Spoorthy & Group, Giselle Aranha and Neha Shetty were the added attractions of the evening. The skit ‘Shanku markina lungigalu’ by Arun D’ Souza & group was marvelous and each and every moment of the skit was fully enjoyed by one and all. The program ended with a hilarious and suspense drama “Dibbana” performed by MASA artists. The drama was written by Ravi karkera. The dinner followed thereafter.
The Cultural Events were anchored by Saritha Peter Aranha, Nayaz Kaiser, Santhosh Shetty and Ravi Karkera.