Dubai: As the festive season of “Diwali” is inching closer, FOI organized ‘Deepavali Utsav 2018’ at the Etisalat Academy Ground on October 26, under the auspices of Consulate General of India, Dubai.
Lt. Col. Tareeq from Dubai Police, along with other officials lit the lamp to mark the beginning of the programme.
Consul General of India, H.E. Vipul, who was the Chief Guest, spoke about Unity in Diversity which is the foundation on which the edifice of India is built.
FOI events felicitated Vice Chairman of Transworld Group Ritesh Ramakrishnan, with the title of ‘Yuva Pratibha’ for his leadership and for being a successful young entrepreneur.
Over 8000 people joined in the celebrations.
The event began with ‘Rangoli’ competition (decoration with flowers and coloured sand) in which more than 50 teams had participated, with creativity on display. Each Rangoli decoration outscored the other and judges had a tough time choosing the winner.
The ambiance was live and energetic with traditional Indian games such as, ‘AatyPaatya’, ‘Kho Kho’ and ‘Laghori’. They became the highlight of the event, especially for those guests who witnessed it for the first time.
Memory Games, Shooting the balloon, Ball in the bucket, Sixth sense, Indian History, ‘BharatiyaNari’ and many more such fun activities added to the funfair-like atmosphere. It attracted large participation from the attendees.
More than 14 different states artists had performed the Folk Dance of the respective states caught everyone’s attention by the display of outstanding footwork and coordination in their choreography. There was a special inclusion dance along with the Special Children which was performed by the Prerna team. The performance was appreciated by all.
About 18 different states cuisines were made available through various caterers at the venue. In addition to that many stalls for Deepavali, items were also displayed for sales.
The organizing team had conveyed its gratefulness towards the award-winning singer Naresh Iyer featured along with Bennet and band who got the crowd all cheerful and excited with their electrifying performances.
Former chairman of ISRO Kiran Kumar, along with prominent Indian community members and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees VashuSheroff and Bharat Bhai, along with Naresh Bavnani, Consuls from Consulate of India and many others participated in the event.
Overall the show was said to be a grand success.
The event commenced with the national anthems of both countries by the Special band from “Dubai Police”.
Consul General of India conveyed his regards to Dubai Police for attending the event and extending their support.