Venue: Adeyfield Community Centre, The Queen’s Square, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4EW
Date/Time: 21st October 2017/2:00PM to 9:30PM
The LNS Deepavali event 2017 was a great celebration in Adeyfield Community Centre. Members started arriving from 2:00pm onwards and the event concluded around 9:30 pm. The event was hosted by our Nagarathar children Nachammai Sekkappan, Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Nagalakshmi Valliappan & Meeakshi Venkatesh with a Live DJ, Magic Show and Caricature artist along with Nagarathar Performances. Around 145 members from across the UK attended this function and made it a grand success.
The event started off with Sivagami Achi & Vasantha Achi lighting the kuththu vilakku followed by a prayer song by our achi’s (Mrs Nithiyakalyani, Mrs Geetha, Mrs Sujatha, Mrs Sivagami and Mrs S. Geetha). This was followed by a welcome speech from the President, Mr. S. Lakshmanan. President introduced the Magician Mr. Steven Brown and the Tamil Live DJ/Singer Mr. Majuran. The Magician started to mingle with our members in small groups, surprising us all with his tricks. Live music and singing by Mr. Majuran and his co-singer entertained the group with lots of melodious songs and Raaja hits from the 80’s/90’s.
Around 4 pm, there was a selection of Vada’s and bhaji’s with masala tea/coffee for snacks. After the snacks break, the Raffle draw started and it continued every half hour, announcing the winners whom won some exciting prizes, those lucky winners were:
• Selva Muthalagappan and family
• Sekkappan and family
• Ashok and family
• Saravanan and family
• Valli Chockalingam and family
• Palaniappan and family
• Dinesh and family
LNS Sangam children showcased their talents and performed beautifully, well done all:
• Dance performance by Nikitha Palaniappan & Priya Muthiah
• Dance performance by Anishvar Ashok & Adharsh Lakshmanan.
• Rubix Cubes performance by Krishnan Selva Muthalagappan
• Violin/Recorder performance by Damayanti Selva Muthalagappan
• Music medley by Lakshmi Lakshmanan (Keyboard), Nagalakshmi Valliappan (Violin) & Meenakshi Venkatesh (Vocal)
• Song Instrument music by Lakshmi Lakshmanan (Veenai) and Vijay Somu Lakshmanan (Miruthangam)
• Solo dance performance by Veena Selvaganesh
• Solo dance performance by Hari Subramaniyan
As a way of encouraging our children to do more performances and participate more in the forthcoming events, the LNS Committee awarded certificates for all those who performed and anchor team. The certificates were handed out by our chettiars and achi’s.
Whilst the Live DJ and children were performing, the Caricaturist Mr. Mick Wright started drawing/sketching for adults and kids, this was a fun experience.
LNS happily welcomed our new Nagarathars’:
• Mr. Sundar – Nerkuppai
• Mr. & Mrs. Ramasamy – Pullankurchi
• Mr. & Mrs. Solai Arumugam – Kothamangalam
• Mr. & Mrs. Kasi Viswanathan – Devakottai
On behalf of all the Nagarathars’, the LNS Committee wished Mr. Lakshmanan Alagappan a very Happy Birthday.
The Deepavali feast arrived and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Food menu included: Gobi Manchurian, Chilli Chicken, Vegetarian Briyani, Mutton Briyani, Panner Curry, Chicken Chettinadu Curry, Chapatti, Katrikai Curry, Curd Rice and Gulab Jamun.
The DJ team performed with our LNS super-singers Mr. Venkatesh, Mrs. Sivagami Muthiah and Mrs. Meenakshi Ashok, this was a wonderful treat.
LNS event participants lit the night sky with bright fireworks display in the park next to the hall; all children including the very little ones had fun with sparklers.
The event ended around 9:30pm with all the members helping to clean and tidy up the hall, a big thank you to you all.
Special thanks: to Mr. Kumar Muthalagappan for sponsoring £500 towards the event; Mrs. Vasantha Achi for sponsoring for the jasmine flowers and Mrs. Meenakshi for sponsoring £30 with setting up a ladies’ garment stall at the venue.
Members can still sponsor the event, we welcome any contribution towards the food, fireworks, entertainment & drinks/snacks – please contact us. These sponsors will be mentioned in the next event.
LNS committee is thankful to all members who came forward voluntarily to help in serving food, helping with fireworks, setting up the Hall and cleaning venue at the end – it would not have been possible to run such a big event without the kind support from the Sangam members, our family…. ”Thank you _/\_”
Overall, it was a great, successful event and the Committee is extremely happy to have received positive feedback from the members who attended and from those who couldn’t attend.
The next LNS event: Pillaiyar Nombu – to be held on the 30th December 2017 from 5pm to 10pm. Venue – Bromley Parish Church Hall.
LNS Committee 2017/18
PS: A polite request – Last minute cancellations after event registration impacts overall event planning, logistics and finances, therefore we kindly request you to please be more considerate whilst cancelling participation on the last day, thanks.