NAFO anniversary ʻKadalʼ upsurges musical reverberations
NAFO Kuwait (National Forum Kuwait) celebrated its 14th anniversary in a colorful and splendid manner on May 26 at the sophisticated art theatre of American United School, Sabah-AlSalem. The inaugural meeting started with the national anthems of Kuwait and India, followed by the soothing Vedic invocation chants of NAFO Symphony kids into the silent and serene venue. A brief audiovisual documentary, on the socio-welfare activities and mega cultural shows of NAFO was showcased.
The meeting observed a minute silence in respect of deceased Senior Indian Citizen and highly regarded expatriate community leader late Sunny Mathews, as a gesture of NAFO’s respect and commemoration. Chief Guest, U S Sibi, Second Secretary Indian Embassy, inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp, along with the NAFO office-bearers, Advisory Board, Program Convener and Ladies’ Wing Chief Coordinator.
General Secretary Vijaykrishnan welcomed the chief guest and the gathering. Vijayakrishnan briefed the recent activities and also about the relevance of the active role of young Nafoitans in the working front to implement the planned future activates with a change approach. President O N Nandakumar delivered presidential address and his inspiring anniversary message. Nandakumar briefed about NAFO’S socio-welfare activities and the program as a whole. In his inaugural address US Sibi congratulated NAFO for their commitment towards extending welfare assistance to the downtrodden and oppressed sections of the society. He further praised the NAFO team for their continued efforts in carrying out such noble services. He also appreciated the NAFO family for its relentless services to the humanity and promoting the rich Indian cultural heritages in Kuwait. Chief Guest wished all success to its future sociowelfare activities. NAFO Advisory Board member BS Pillai rendered a felicitation speech and greeted the function.
On behalf of NAFO, Chief Guest US Sibi was honored with a memento by President Nandakumar, for his commendable leadership and humanitarian services rendering to Indian diaspora in Kuwait in a short span of time. The Chief Guest released anniversary souvenir, by collecting a copy from the Editor M S Nair and handed over to Shaiju Mohandas and to the delegates. Program convener Madhu G Menon, in his vote of thanks expressed gratitude to dignitaries and guests.
He also thanked music band KADAL for their participation and the management of American United School for providing the most beautiful auditorium and premises. This year’s celebration showcased an overall improvisation with the astonishing stage performances by NAFO Ladies’ and children co-ordinated by NAFO Ladies Wing, followed with a musical extravaganza “Kadal” featured high voltage folk-rock band which carried the audience on a humungous upsurge of musical reverberations. Excellent compeering by Darshana Jayadevan, Vrichika Vinayan and Sheethal Rajiv Menon mystically guided the audience throughout the event.