After the success of 2 seasons of “Dhoom Machale" dance competition, "Singing Superstar" a multilingual singing competition and "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" a ghazal and qawwali show Indian Youth Society (IYS)-Kuwait presented " New Year 2014 Dhamaal " on Friday 3rd January 2013 at Dr. Kamel Al-Rayes Auditorium, American International School, Maidan Hawalli- Kuwait from 6:30 pm onwards. King of comedy Kapil Sharma performed live for the first time ever in Kuwait during the event. Renowned singer Subhasish Bhattacharya of Kuwait also entertained the audience with his golden voice.
The program started with video presentation about IYS followed by formal welcome by President Shabbir Qamar. After the national anthem of Kuwait and India, Shabbir Qamar introduced the compere of the evening, popular Indian TV show anchor and actor Aman Verma. Sponsors of the events were honored with memento after a foot tapping dance performance by Kuwait’s well known dance group D’Illusions. Kapil’s musicians Dinesh, Atul Pande, Rakesh and Rahul Tiwari were introduced to the audience. Visiting singer Teji Sandhu entertained the audience with some melodious songs to the live music.
Kapil made a grand entry after the introduction by Compere of the evening Aman Verma. The houseful crowd was overwhelmed with joy and was screaming to the top of their voice which was fairly balanced by Kapil with his entertainment. He thoroughly entertained with his popular jokes specially on Bachelors, married couples, Police, politicians, old & new films, film actors, Foreigners, countrymen etc.
Subhasish Bhattacharya sung some hit Hindi songs from old and 70/80’s movies. He also sung some duets with local singer Julia Anil who rendered her smooth voice and entertained the audience. All the Visiting artists were honored during the program. A souvenir was released by Nepal Ambassador to Kuwait Madhuban Prasad, Bhutanese Ambassador to Kuwait Dasho Tashi Phuntsog, sponsors of the event and other dignitaries. Nadeem of IYS was honored for his hard work by a memento. All the members of IYS were invited to the stage. A momento was presented to the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait HE Sunil Jain after which he spoke few words on the event. He also presented a cheque for Rs 50,000 to Subhasish Bhattacharya on behalf of IYS as a charity to Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Kolkatta. Kapil Sharma was honored with a memento by President Shabbir Qamar’s mother.
In second half Kapil entertained the audience with song mimicry for the renowned singers such as Jagjit Sing (Gazal), Bhimsen Joshi (Mile sur mera tumara), Hariharan (Tuhire), SP Balasubrahmanyam (Aaja Shaam Hone Aayi) and Anup Jalota (Bhajan). Audience were mesmerized with his voice quality and similarity with original singers. At the end he also sung some fast numbers with Teji for which audience danced with Kapil. In general the whole program was a feast to the audience to begin the new year with lots of laugh and joy.
The event partner was M3 Event Management Company and sponsored by Mani Foods Industry- Dubai, Eternity International Travels & Tourism, On Time, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Tic Toc. American Tourister, Stack Group, Ashraf & Company, The Country Club, Refrigeration Industries Company, Iffco International, Geant Hypermarket, Al-Mishraq Car rental Services & Majdi Food Company. The event printing partner was German Press Company.
Indian Youth Society of Kuwait fondly known as IYS is a non-profitable organization registered with Indian Embassy of Kuwait by the initiative of a like-minded young Indians with the vision of honoring, encouraging, supporting and celebrating the Indian social & cultural values amongst the people of Kuwait.
Report & pics by Wilson & Priya Saldanha Shirthady/ Kuwait