The Pietermaritzburg City Hall lent opulence and splendour to the glitz and glamour of a star-studded evening when the Midlands Hindu Society hosted its annual fundraising dinner and launch of the Msunduzi Diwali Festival 2018 in true red carpet style on Saturday.
This year the much anticipated annual event embraced “Bollywood” where patrons were given the taste of walking the red carpet, and being treated like celebrities. From the moment one entered the venue, one could not help but feel like a celebrity with Glow TV in attendance to capture the event.
“Hinduism teaches us that education is best when can’t be stolen shared it can’t be stolen or divided or owned by anyone.
MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sihle Zikalala delivered the key note address praising the MHS and affiliates for being at “the forefront of uniting the community and championing the cause and restoring dignity to the downtrodden”.
“The MHS has played a pivotal role in promoting religious tolerance and, as the province and as the provincial government, we extend our deep sense of appreciation for being a social partner envisaged by our social development plan. Your organisation is correct in saying there is no place for racial and religious intolerance in country and province. The Diwali festival reminds us of the enduring hope and light. We must do our part to ensure this festival is a success and remind the world, country and province that we are united in our diversity. This year’s theme of the festival United in Diversity 100 years of Nelson Mandela resonates with Madiba’s legacy and shows the triumph of light over darkness,” said Zikalala.
Patrons were treated to a scrumptious three-course vegetarian dinner while entertainment was provided by some of the city’s superstars in their own right, the multi-talented Ajesh Kumar and Nerissa Sewrathan who delivered sterling performances. Members of the Midlands Hindu Society Youth Group showcased their ability to work together for a common cause when they provided the dance items for the evening’s programme. Comic relief was provided by renowned stage and film actor Pranesh Maharaj who, together with well-known radio and stage personality, Anesh Dusrath left the audience wanting more. Program directors, Raj Dhanlal and Riona Rajkumar carried out their task to perfection and announced unsuspecting award winners in true style.
MHS president, Ranjiv Nirghin, expressed his thanks to stakeholders and sponsors for their generous commitment, including: the Msunduzi Municipality, Public Eye and Capital Newspapers, Glow TV, Judy Umraw, Dr A S Purmasir, Imbali Funeral Furnishers, C B Downes Motors, Morar Incorporated, Poobie Naidoo’s Sports Warehouse, Oxygen Debt Solutions, Chetty Asmall and Maharaj Attorneys, Hollard Broker Market Pietermaritzburg, Make-up by Suvs, Sounds Ideal, and Namaste Eastern Emporium.
This year the Msunduzi Diwali Festival will be held from October 26-28, at the Protea Sports Complex and with preparations going at full steam, Midlands Hindu Society invites all those who would like to get involved and volunteer their time to contact Ranjiv Nirghin on 082 442 3835 or Sherry Mahabeer on 083 597 4854. Interested stall holders can contact Prega Naidoo on 078 623 1118 or Naresh Amichand on 083 475 5751. Interested sponsors can contact Kevin Beekrum on 082 562 5555 or Ranjiv Nirghin.
Their social cohesion programmes and work in less privileged community in which they spread love is a sharp reminder of Ubuntu. We commend MHS for also taking care of vulnerable.