Bihar, Jharkhand Expats in Singapore Celebrate Diwali

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Singapore: Over 300 members and guests of BIJHAR, the cultural society of people from Bihar and Jharkhand, celebrated the festival of light “Deep Utsav 2012” on Sunday evening at Goldkist Beach Resort on the East Coast Parkway, Singapore.

Deputy High commissioner of Indian Singapore, Mr. Tsewang Namgyal was the Guest of Honour.

The event kicked off after Mr. Namgyal lit the traditional lamp. In his speech he expressed his happiness to note the impressive progress made by BIJHAR year after year. He also underscored BIJHAR's commendable efforts in reaching out to the needy and underprivileged both in Singapore and India.   BIJHAR President Prakash K Hetamsaria in his speech mentioned about BIJHAR's commitments towards social engagements highlighting activities such as blood donation campaigns, visits to the homes for the handicapped, knowledge sharing sessions, sports events etc. apart from celebration of various festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Holi, Saawan Utsav and Dandiya with members and friends.

He also highlighted some impressive activities about working closely with National Integration Council and other societies in Singapore for racial harmony and integration for new citizens and immigrants.

The highlights of the evening included Ganesh Vandana, a play from the epic Ramayan scripted and directed by BIJHAR's life trustee and co-founder Rajesh Anand, dances on Bollywood numbers by BIJHAR members and a group of Japanese women and some soul-stirring Bhojpuri songs by BIJHAR members. However, the show stealer this year was a unique fashion parade conceptualized by BIJHAR member Tulika Singh that won everyone's heart for its novelty, theme, costumes and execution. The role of Narad Muni enacted by Nishant Kumar also earned applause from the audience.

As always, the Jam session continued until midnight over an eclectic mix of Hindi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi hits.

The food this year was catered by Tandoor Kitchen and comprised of tasty delicacies including Jalebis and Rabri.

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