Sunday Tribune

Diwali dancin’ with a bang

- Masood Boomgaard

THE folks at the Indian Consulate in Durban always throw wonderful bashes, and last weekend’s Diwali celebratio­n was no exception.

Hosted at Consul-General Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s residence in Morningsid­e, the event was a vibrant affair which combined good music and entertainm­ent and delicious food.

I was told the function’s tasty vegetarian dishes were prepared by the famous Asha Maharaj.

What I really liked was that formalitie­s were kept short and guests were allowed to relax, unwind, mingle and enjoy the evening in an informal setting.

A few of Durban’s most famous faces made appearance­s throughout the evening – many of them exquisitel­y attired.

Among the highlights of the evening were the delightful, colourful Punjabi dancers and the live band that belted out rhythmic bhangra tunes all night, ensuring the dance floor was never empty.

It never takes much to get the consul-general on the dance floor – he is known to be a quintessen­tial party animal, never afraid to unleash his arsenal of deadly dance moves when there’s a crowd around.

His warm personalit­y has made him a hit among Durban- ites, and when his duties as consul-general in the city finally come to an end, he will be sorely missed.

The evening ended with a spectacula­r fireworks display on the lawns of the residence that I am certain could have been seen across Durban.

Party fever

At Suncoast, party fever was in the air at the 5FM/Ftv fashion party.

Held in conjunctio­n with Café Vacca Matta, the event combined great music and fashion shows, and the result was a jol of note.

Decks master Roger Goode was on hand, showing why he is one of the most soughtafte­r party ingredient­s in the country.

He kept crowds entertaine­d until the early hours of the next morning.

Guests had an opportunit­y to mingle with local celebritie­s, including the gorgeous Ftv girls, who couldn’t be missed.

While the fashion shows were impressive, I particular­ly enjoyed a segment in which models impersonat­ed past and present pop icons.

The skit went down amazingly well with the crowd, which roared approval as everyone from Tina Turner to Eminem made appearance­s on stage.

Fun stuff.

 ??  ?? Nameshni Govender and Amar Jeet at the Indian consulgene­ral’s Diwali bash.
Nameshni Govender and Amar Jeet at the Indian consulgene­ral’s Diwali bash.
 ??  ?? Vijayluxmi Balakrishn­a,Varshan Sookun and Ishara Desai at the Indian consul-general’s residence.
Vijayluxmi Balakrishn­a,Varshan Sookun and Ishara Desai at the Indian consul-general’s residence.
 ??  ?? Pady and Jayanti Maydeo seen at the Indian consulgene­ral’s Diwali celebratio­n.
Pady and Jayanti Maydeo seen at the Indian consulgene­ral’s Diwali celebratio­n.
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 ??  ?? Ruchika Thirananda­ni, Remina Nair and Natasha Nair spotted at the Diwali bash.
Ruchika Thirananda­ni, Remina Nair and Natasha Nair spotted at the Diwali bash.
 ??  ?? T T Shringla, Hari Devi Shringla and Triveshan Naidoo at the Diwali bash in Durban.
T T Shringla, Hari Devi Shringla and Triveshan Naidoo at the Diwali bash in Durban.
 ??  ?? Tasmeena Maharaj and Karen Naidoo spotted at the 5FM/Ftv event at Suncoast.
Tasmeena Maharaj and Karen Naidoo spotted at the 5FM/Ftv event at Suncoast.
 ??  ?? Bianca Moodley and Priyeshka Lutchman seen at Suncoast.
Bianca Moodley and Priyeshka Lutchman seen at Suncoast.

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