This ever-popular HCC Diwali Festival which has set national precedent was held on Saturday the October 27 at the Lenasia Stadium. True to expectation, this festival continues to grow in numbers, glitz, quality and that feel that can only be attributed to Lenasia.
As promised, the programme was indeed better than ever before, it was dynamic and exhilarating and as always featured Lenasia’ s best talent – in dance, song and presentation. The entertainment compered by Ashveer Rajpal, Shahid and Fazila from Eastwave 92.2 was indeed spectacular and extremely well presented.
Almost 18 minutes of Milans’ fireworks, with the display being engineered by the coveted Fireworks Africa, definitely the best in the business had Lenasia mesmerised, and many agreed that the display was the best ever and as always worth the wait. The fun celebrations continued late into the night as the entertainment on stage resumed after the fireworks.
The variety of food and all the exquisite stallholders were all very pleased, as they had all, yet again, done quite well, with most food stalls being sold out.
In addition to the stalls, many prizes were given away by the comperes to lucky attendees. These prizes were made available by courtesy of Signet Terrace, Optical Connection and Milans Pooja Shop gave away 5 lavish assemblies of fireworks. The Children’s’ activities was managed and organised by Shantha Chirkoot and proved to be as popular as always, with lots of new fun activities and many more prizes and give-aways.
The HCC acknowledges the support of its regular and new donors, the media and the community at large, who every year, makes it possible to stage a premier event of the magnitude of the HCC Diwali Festival.
The HCC is especially grateful to Milans, JYM, Express Electrical, Saaberie Chistey, Signet Terrace, VB Business Solutions, City Fashions, Karanichas, Laxmi Cash and Carry, Events by Chetna, , Saaberie Chistey, Farouk Lambat, The Godavri Street Sai Centre, Fordsburg United, Ram Naidoo and Associates, Lenzfm, Eastwave, Lenzinfo, Lenasia Times, Rising Sun, Southern Echo and Southern Globe, Lenasia Blockwatch Park Primary School, K9 Security Services, Express Electrical, Karanichas, Stadium Management, Fakir Hassen, Kaps Poonee, Salon Masumi, Priyal Sewbaran, Leemans Panelbeaters, Weightron, Optical Connection. Dr D Vallabh, Dr M Maansingh, Dr. Kooverjee, Dr. Lakha, Sanjay Makka, Mr KL Modi, Mr H Daya, Saday Importers and Exporters, Kingfresh, all participants, stall holders and the public at large. It was by grace and lots of helping hands, many anonymous, that the HCC was able to accomplish yet another splendorous Diwali Festival, the 26th in the tradition of festivity, unity and rangoli.
Some of the Performing artists included Anand Maharaj, Sanam Maharaj, Mona Maharaj, Hemalee Chhiba, Yashdeer Singh, Prevendaran Pillay, Gonna Pillay, Jay Naidoo, Brishen Rambaran, Anil Rambaran, Ridwaan Dawood, Virosh Harideo, Jhankaar, LYM, Kashvita, Maza, Jazzy, Divya, Desi Soul, Sundra Chiba and Vipinprem.
Special guests included the Under14 Indian Team from Mumbai who are currently touring South Africa.
The HCC committee comprises: Kokkie Singh, Harry Govind, Kishore Badal, Ishara Singh, Indira Singh, Vijay Naran, Shanille Moodley, Indrin Kandasamy, Narend Gangaram, Vishal Nana and Ashveer Rajpal.