Expatriates hold Eid, Christmas celebrations

A ceremony was held as part of the New Year, Eid al-Adha and Christmas celebrations at the Indian Cultural Centre on Friday. The ceremony was organised by Friends of Thrissur, a body of expatriates hailing from Indian state of Kerala.

Indian Ambassador Dr George Joseph inaugurated the ceremony by lighting a traditional lamp and cutting a cake. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a host of cultural activities. Salim Pavaratty and Aiswarya Murali entertained the audience with an array of popular Hindi and Malayalam songs.

Munner and Rasheed Kettungal followed it up with some Mappila songs. T M Nandakumar and Gini Francis rendered some old Malayalam songs. “Ranga Pooja” was the first of the series of dances performed on the occasion. Nina Chandran, Chandhini Krishna, Kinda, Sara Kuruvilla and Rajesh were the members of the team that staged “Ranga Pooja”. Akshai Bhasi, Aswin Suresh, Alfred Joseph and Sreethi Pushpan performed a cinematic dance. A team of Jasika, Joyal, Jereeka, Jacquiline and Jovanna presented a semi-classical dance.

At the meeting that held before the cultural show, the forum patron David Edakalathur issued its identity cards to members. Friends of Thrissur chief T V Brahmaduttan Thalikullam chaired the meeting. Shahul Panickaveettil welcomed the gathering and Johnson C Ukken proposed a vote of thanks.