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Maurya Kala Parisar celebrates Maurya Manch 2017
May 13, 2017, 11:45 am

Maurya Kala Parisar (MKP), a cultural and social association of people in Kuwait from Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, marked Maurya Manch 2017 at the Indian Embassy auditorium on 5 May in the presence of a large number of guests.

Eminent doctor, Rajya Sabha MP and ex-Union Minister Dr. C. P. Thakur was the chief guest at the event. Dr. Thakur, a renowned physician from Bihar, is a gold medalist from Patna Medical College and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians UK with more than 250 medical publications to his credit. 

Dr. Thakur, an active medical professional with 5 decades of experience, is considered an authority on treatment of disease 'Kala-azar', and has received several accolades for his contributions to society. He has been the recipient of India’s civilian honor 'Padma Shri', Dr. B. C. Roy Memorial Award by Medical council of India and several other national and international awards. Dr. Thakur has been an active social worker and has represented Patna Lok Sabha constituency for 3 terms. 

The almost 3-hour long cultural program presented by MKP family started with playing the national anthems of Kuwait and India. This year, MKP felicitated Kuwait based Indian litterateurs Dr. Arvind Raina, Dr. Navnit Gandhi, Amir Diwan and Nazneen Ali. Noted poet Afroz Alam, who happens to be the Vice-President of MKP, was also felicitated for his contribution to literature. Two of the MKP members, Shakir Raza Khan and Divya Ritwik, were also honored for their contributions to Maurya activities.

Maurya children Avika Sinha, Raunak Deo, Harsh Ranjan, Syed Shayaan Hoda, Eman Adbul Hamid Nakhwa, Elham Abdul Hamid Nakhwa, Ebrahim Abdul Hamid Nakhwa, Umang, Sanjeevani Rai,  Mohd. Shazaibhussain Ansari, Rudrakshi Rai, Astha Bhardwaj, Daksha Mrinal,  Bhavya Sweta Mrinal, Adeeba Taqui Hasan, Naaillah Hasan and  Shubhangi Rai were awarded for achievements in academics and extra-curricular activities.

The cultural jamboree started with a Vandana sung by Shweta Shruti followed by a magnificent Bharatanatyam performance by Ms. Shreyashi. Carrying on its ethos of promoting the splendid past of Bihar, a presentation titled ‘Bihar ki Aitihasik Yatra’, conceptualized and choreographed by Sujata Kashyap, was staged by Sabir Ansari, Neeraj Kumar, Intekhab, Syed Shabih, Sujeet Sinha and Ramesh Kumar. Audiences were mesmerized by the sweet and soulful melodies sung by Abdul Hamid Nakhwa, Radhika Mishra, Shweta Shruti and Prabhu Nath Sah. 

Special attractions of the event were Magahi and Maithili Anchalik songs sung by Rakesh Mishra and Nitin Prabhakar, duet sung by two ladies Radhika and Ms. Shweta and a comedy song rendition by Mr. Rakesh and Mr. Prabhunath. Motley groups of kids including Avani, Avika, Shahana, Sanjeevani and Unaiba in one group; Abhigyan, Adi, Bhavya, Daksha, Krish, Samantha, Shivi and Umang in the second and Aastha, Chahek, Kashish, Fahad, Shahzaib and Swayam in the third group performed well synchronized dances of popular Bollywood songs.

Dance performance by two young sisters Elham and Eman was much admired by the audience.  The artful dance performance by Maurya ladies including Nivedita, Shruti, Supriya, Shweta and Shraddha on a medley of songs stole the show. A lively skit directed by Supriya Ritwik and staged by Devesh, Pinky, Anita and Neha highlighting the toils of a wannabe groom drew huge applause.

Two winners from MKP’s poetry recitation competition held earlier during the year, Batul and Sanskar, recited poems from Dinkar in their electrifying style. A rapid fire quiz conducted by Syed Sabih and Afsar Alam Khan engaged the viewers. The event had a raffle draw at the end conducted by Mithilesh and Vivek with interesting prizes. 

A painting competition for Maurya kids showcasing the grandeur of Bihar and Jharkhand were organized, and several amazing paintings by young contributors went on display at the auditorium. Paintings by Rudrakshi, Swayam and Kashish were chosen as winners by the judges. The MKP President extended a vote of thanks at the end of the event.

The event could materialize due to the active support of sponsors including M/s Yasin International, Al Hanan Contracting Co, Raja Company, Ajwan International Co, Caesar’s Travels, Health Planet, LIC International, PanMedica, Rezayat Trading, SGS Kuwait and SAH International.

The successful event was a culmination of sincere contribution put in for months by all MKP members including Advisory Members – S. Ritwik, Shailesh Mishra, Shakir Raza Khan, S.M. Arshad Wali and Varun Sinha; Office Bearers – President, Abhay Kumar Kashyap (General Secretary), Afroz Alam (Vice President), Vivek Prasad Sinha (Treasurer), Ramesh Kumar (Joint Secretary) and Sabir Ansari (Special Secretary); Executive Committee Members – Abdul Hamid Nakhwa, Afsar Alam Khan, Mohd. Mahtabuzzaman, Mithilesh Kumar, Nitin Prabhakar, Syed Shabih, Shahnawaz Baig, Shruti Katyar, Sujeet Kumar Sinha and Zafar Kamal Siddiqui; Organizing Committee and support from Bushra Sabir, Devesh Kumar, Manoj Mishra, Mukesh Mrinal, Neelika Raza Khan, Neeraj Kumar, Neeraj Ranjan,  Nivedita Sinha,  Pallavi Singh,  Pinky Sinha,  Radhika Mishra, Sana Nakhwa, Shailesh Mishra, Sujata Kashyap, Supriya Singh, Supriya Sinha, Shweta Shruti and Uday Prakash.

In the past 22 years, MKP has strived to promote arts, culture and heritage of Bihar and Jharkhand region through events and activities of interest to Indian community in Kuwait and vows to continue its efforts in years to come with the support of community and members.

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