Saturday, Nov 22nd 2014

JAIN CONVENTION TAKES PLACES IN NAIROBI

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY JAVED KANA

This
year the Kenyan Jain community marked the annual Jain Convention, with an
exciting three-day program at the Oshwal Centre. Those who had registered for
the program were treated to a variety of spiritual and entertaining activities.

The
opening ceremony was held on Friday evening where Jain dignitaries conducted a
mini-procession from the Oshwal Centre grounds to the auditorium complete with
a music band and much pomp and flair.

Some
of the members who had especially come for the program from different parts of
Kenya and the world were acknowledged at the launch of this gala event and
later, some officials made welcoming speeches.

The
highlight of Saturday evening was an enchanting mix of entertainment including
a fancy dress competition and Gujrati folk dance, Raas Garba. This program was
hosted by the Oshwal Mahila Mandal women.

Finally,
on the last day, Jains were said to have attained enlightenment through a
series of talks conducted by special speakers who were brought in from the UK
and India.

The
closing ceremony was a show-stealer with impactful skits hosted by the members. The
Jain Convention is held in different parts of the world annually and it is a
time for members to meet and socialize while learning about their culture and
religion.
 
SOUTH INDIANS TRIBUTE TO SAINT
THYAGARAJA
Carnatic music lovers and the South Indian community celebrated the
Thyagraja Aradhana, a tribute of all Carnatic artistes to the great composer,
Saint Thyagaraja, at the Sri Ayyappa Temple on January 30.

Members
of the Sri Ayyappa Samaj gathered at the temple and conducted a spiritual group
singing, Pancharatna Kirtans.

This
year was the 156th ‘aradhana’ anniversary, the celebrations of which kicked off
from the January 18, 2011.

The
Thyagraja Aradhana is a popular program in the South of India, where for six
days students of the Carnatic music and famous artistes host a music marathon,
paying homage to the Saint, from early morning to midnight.

Traditional
food, festivities and socializing is part and parcel of this event.
 
NATASHA JAMAL’S
SMOKING HOT BIRTHDAY BASH

The fine ambience at the Zen Garden was further
accentuated with a smoking hot vibe, from DJ
Amar’s
wicked music as well as from the presence of a sophisticated crowd
that included drop-dead gorgeous women and guys who fashionably dressed, turned
up for popular model and East FM presenter, Natasha Jamal’s birthday.

Natasha herself looked like a million dollars, in a
shimmering black dress. The theme of the evening, Hollywood Red Carpet,
provided guests, Natasha’s friends, a chance to dress up glamourously.

Drinks were abundant and the food as sinfully delicious
as it can get. An assorted variety of cheeses were my instant delight, amongst
the cocktail snacks.

Gifts presented to the birthday girl included gorgeous
pieces of jewellery, spa treatments, fine wine and chocolate. “In terms of
decor, we tried to think out of the box for instance the red carpet, the
popcorn machine, the vintage car in the parking lot, the movie-style screen
playing old Hollywood movies in the background etc. Zen was a great location
for this,” said Natasha.

The event was organised by Fawzia Jamal’s company, Bloom
Branding.

 
40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FOR SECUREX KENYA
LIMITED
Last Saturday evening, the management of Securex Limited hosted a “Hanuman
Chalisa” (a devotional song based on Lord Hanuman as
the model devotee) prayer ceremony to mark their 40th
anniversary.

The
crème de la crème of Securex’s clientele as well as close friends and family of
the managing director, Tony Sahni, attended this event.

Mehul
and Sailesh Savani and group recited Hanuman Chalisas. While addressing the
iuests, Tony said, “Many of you will wonder why a “challis”’ on our 40th
anniversary and not a bottle of champagne? It is because in Hindu religion,
Hanuman and his army protected lord Ram and Sita. The role of protection is
synonymous with our security company.”

He
gave a brief outline of how Securex came into being, saying it was a brainchild
of his father, Kishorilal Sahni, who after retiring from the police force
started a small investigations firm. It later developed into a full-fledge
security company – Securex – that has now expanded its wings into the East
African region.

Securex
is also ISO certified, no mean feat for the company.
Guests were then treated to a sumptuous meal of vegetarian cuisine.
 
IS SOUND ASIA PRESENTER JESS COSHAL
ENGAGED?
If you know a confirmed answer to my question, do let me know. Rumour has
it that Sound Asia’s breakfast show co-host Jess Coshal or JC as she is known
is engaged. My tipster says JC got engaged sometime in January but hasn’t made
it official as yet. Attempts to yield information about the guy she got engaged
to turned futile. When I asked Jess about this, all she said was, ‘Keep
guessing...’
 
MUNNI TO COME TO
KENYA?

For all you Munni fans, the good news is that the lady
with the gift of gyration is soon going to land up in Kenya. The bad news is
that she will be here for a private function and not a public one. Word is that
Malaika Arora Khan, who is creating ripples with her song Munni Badnaam Hui
from Dabangg, and her husband Arbaaz Khan will be in Kenya on 26th of February
for the inauguration of a 5 star ultra-modern complex by Mark Properties along
Waiyaki Way.

The event will be hosted at a different venue and will
feature sizzling performances from Malaika Arora, Arbaaz Khan and Indian Idol
finalists Abhishek Kumar and Dipali Kishore. Kenyan artists like Sodi Singh,
Dhol Xtacy and DJ SAK amongst others will also perform. Co-ordinated by Raj Air
holidays, this one is going to be full on glamorous do. Once again, entry is by
invite only.