NAFO an­niver­sary ʻKadalʼ up­surges mu­si­cal re­ver­ber­a­tions

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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.

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