Lord Krishna Honoured
Janmashtami is the celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday. To the Hindu devotees Krishna is the eighth Avatar (representation) of Vishnu, meaning the facet of creator that manages the preservation aspect of life. He was the eighth son of princess Devaki and Vasudeva and was born thousand of years ago in Mathura, India. Lord Krishna is sometimes referred to as Mohan, Govinda, Vasudeva and Kanahiya.
The Shree Sanathan Dharm Temple of Nairobi hosted his birthday celebrations on Friday evening. Priti Patel of Alishaan Enterprises organised the celebrations, which was a combination of prayers, bhajans (hymns) singing, dance and the climax, was to break a pot. The pot called the Dahi Handi is made of clay and filled with buttermilk. After which a group of boys form a human pyramid and the topmost person on the pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with a blunt object. When that happens the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolising their achievement through unity. The Temple was filled with devotees and especially children because Lord Krishna also emitted a youthful element of fun, innocence and devotion. The Chief Guest of the evening was Rakesh Rao of Crown Paints alongside several SSD Temple committee members.
Kisumu Hosts Peace Festival
Kisumu City held the Kisumu Peace Festival from August 3-5 at the Jomo Kenyatta Grounds with a gathering of over 25,000 including local and international visitors. The festival was officially opened by the German Ambassador Margit Hellwig-Boette with Mps Shakir Shabir, Peter Kenneth and Ker Otondi in attendance. An inter-religious procession sponsored by ChemChemi Ya Ukweli was one of the notable highlights of the festival aimed at uniting different faiths.
Nakshatra debuts in Nairobi.
Nakshatra means a cluster of stars that have been liberated through love, life or death. This was also the name of the musical play directed by Sahil Gada at the Oshwal Centre Auditorium on Sunday. The play was sponsored by Edenville and hosted by the Oshwal Youth League in aid of the One Touch One Life charity organisation. The play was split into four parts; Aries, Libra, Aquarius and Gemini. The Aries story revolved around the epic love story of ‘Laila-Manju’ and it kicked off the musical. Next was a brilliant performance done by Krupa Shah as she played the Libran woman who is raped, enslaved and becomes pregnant. After a short break Sahil Gada took the stage as the Aquarian who is a mime artist and is heartbroken after the loss of his beloved. It ended in a battle of good versus the evil of Ramayana under the star of Gemini. Saajan Gosrani also wowed the crowd with his amazing voice and music.