at Schenectady celebrate s
of Lights **************************************
- by Ravi Kandarpa
The curtain was
finally raised for the much-awaited Diwali get-together on December 02nd 2001 at the Jewish
Center. The enthusiastic community members gathered in the hall by noon of the
surprisingly warm Sunday. The members were divided into 4 groups namely
-Peanuts, Walnuts - Coconuts -and Cashewnuts evening programs.
Generator Technology Dept, GE
-PS and Chacko Matthew,
Center Manager, GE-ODC Chennai lighted the candle to kickoff the event. After
the prayer song by
Chakri, was it was time for fancy show by kids, which featured, l (s/o Rajesh &
Shailaja) as Krishna and (s/o Bhatala Prabhakar
& JayaSudha)as Radha .. They received a big applause
from the audience. Later the community ladies re-mixed both of the (by Anitha, Suchitra,
Bhanu & Namitha) and ( by Nitya, Priya Javahar, Priya Ngendran,
and Aruna) versions to the present the innovative
group song "Ooo la la la".
Karthik organized a
game "Who am I" in which 5
persons from each group were called and a label was pasted on each of their
backs. They were allowed to converse with each other but barred from actually readout
loudly other’s labels. The task was to find their labeled identity through a
coordinated team effort. Group4
won the game . All the 5 contestants
identified their labels in a shortest
The next event was the
cake cutting ceremony for the
(Sound, Venki, Anand,
Durga Prasad,Padmaja, Naren, Chandra, Rishi, Jayanthi,
Nithya,Karthik, Prabhakar Bathala and Harish Kumar--
pls get missing names by Manga), the of November and
December months ( Naren & Priya;
Srinivasan & Suchtra; Harish & Samatha ; Prabhakar & Jayasudha - -pls get missing names
by Manga) , and the new members. Vanitha and Kalyani
conducted "Memory Game" for these members. A
tray of 20 items was shown to them for one minute. Padmaja emerged as the
winner by remembering and jotting down 12of those 20 items. The
next game was "Made for each other"
for the couples
by Basav and Raghu. N. . Initially the
husbands wrote the answers for 6 questions and later their wives were publicly
interviewed to check for the conformity. The newly wed couple Sridhar and
Jyothi had an exciting win in this.
There was a big cheer of
expectation in the crowd as Manga, one of the striking comperer announced the
skit "Modern Ramayan". The play incorporated the Ramayan theme into
computer age. Splendid
performances on the stage entertained the audience. This comical script brought out some
talented actors of the community like Shiv, Raghavendra, Vishy and others.
Those great performances include Chakri as Dasarath, Vishy and Kalai as Ram and
Lakshman, Raghavendra as Sita and Sudip as Ravan. Of course, Shiv narrated the
story after every scene in an impressive style. Supporting actors were Kalyani
as Kaikeyi, Shraban as Hanuman and Ravi as Vibheeshan.
Soon, the "Tambola" started and everyone was deeply involved in the game as the numbers were picked. But, it had to be given a break as a grand planned potluck lunch was waiting. Everyone enjoyed the delicious lunch, which included many mouthwatering cuisines like biriyani, Alu sabjies, pakoda, sambar, curd rice, Ghajar Halva, kheer and many others.Thanks to the terrific work of ‘food-team’.
included Kalyani as the girl,
Basav, Karthik, Kalai, Raghavendra and Sudip as dancers around her. The other shows were the comic
ad-shows of Aptech and NIIT, enacted
by Sound , Kalyani, Vishy and others.
The " uthe sabke
( by Raghu,
Raghavendra, Vishy, Chakri, Suchitra, Padmaja and ----- with Kalyani on
keyboard) created big applause
from the crowd Priya Jawahar entertained the audience with a
sweet Tamil solo. It was time then for some group games by Karthik. They were the "Words within word" won by Group4 and "Dumb- c" won by the
Group2. Karthik and Basav
could take the
audience over reels of excitement
during these events.
was continued before Lakshmikanthan, Project Manager CASE Group GE-ODC, Chennai
distributed the prizes for all the winners and organizers.
The winners of Tamboola were Kannan, Gujeet,
Bhagwan, Ramamurthy and --- (pls ask Manga for
names) Thanks to all the
organizers who have put their best efforts to make this a very successful
event. The fun-filled
evening ascribed to the festival o flights was able to
bring the joy of delights to the community folks.