The mega event Onathanima 2014 organized by Thanima, the Socio-cultural Group, embellished with the 10th anniversary carnival coupled with a variety of potpourri flagged off successfully with a jam-packed audience cheering to the tunes of ‘Take the Rope and don’t lose hope’. The ICS grounds reverberated with the yells of an excited crowd standing atop terraces of the school, cheering on the participants.
The cultural procession which started from Gulfmart reached the ICS grounds in a perfect blend of ambience and color, and they depicted a variety of traditional artforms that represented the true spirit and unison of Kerala’s cultural heritage.
The event was blessed with the presence of a galaxy of dignitaries and intellectuals, with HE Sunil Jain (Indian Ambassador) as the esteemed chief guest. The Superintendent of Police (Jleeb Shuyoukh) Colonel Kurdi Mohammed Darweesh Al Khaldi was the Guest of honor along with Dr. T.A. Ramesh (Country Head, Geant & Gulfmart) and main sponsor, B.P. Nasser (Director, Frontline Logistics) and co-sponsor, Mrs. Santha Maria James (Principal of Indian Central School and Advisory Board member), Babu Vargheese (M.D., Al-Mashaan Trading Co.), Raghunathan Nair, Biju Pappachan and Miss. Reshma Mariam (Kuttithanima Convener). Babuji Bathery (General Convener) presided over the function, Iqbal Kuttamangalam (Jt Convener) delivered the welcome speech and Mrs. Usha Dileep (Jt Convener) proposed the vote of thanks.
Eighteen Indian Schools nominated their best students for the coveted ‘Pearl of the School award’, and the nominees were honored with laurels. Certificates and mementos were given away by Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain and Col. Kurdi Mohammed Darweesh Al Khaldi to each student for their excellent acheviements in academics, extracurricular, social and other areas.
The dais was blessed with the honoring of Saji Mathew, Thomas Hi-Dine, Manoj Mavelikara, Iqbal Kuttamangalam and Asif, humanitarian icons who had obliged and indulged themselves in noble actions and deeds rendering a helping hand to alleviate the sufferings and woes of Indian community in Kuwait.
Thanima felt a moment of pride when its members were awarded special awards for excelling in their profession and work-field like D. K. Dileep, Usha Dileep, Johnarts and Bibin Sam Thomas.
A 10th year souvenir that included an updated ‘Directory of Indian Associations’ in Kuwait was released by Dr. T.A. Ramesh, handing over the first copy to B.P. Nasser.
Musical symphony sessions by ‘Kuwait Melodies’ was a soother to the ethusiastic crowd amidst the nail biting Tug O War competition, wherein many energetic and spirited participants in 13 teams competed for the Sancelia Ever rolling Gold Cup and cash prizes.
In a tight match with close finish, Team ‘Way for India Challengers’ claimed the first prize of KD. 351/- and Sancelia Ever rolling Gold cup. Sanam KKDA was the 1st runner-up making themselves eligible for KD. 251/- cash prize and ‘Blueline’ ever rolling trophy, followed by ‘Blueline KKB’ as 2nd runner-up claiming KD. 151/- cash prize and Aji memorial rolling trophy. From this year onwards, Thanima introduced a 4th prize, and ‘Red Stars’ came in as the 3rd runner up, claiming KD. 75/- cash prize and the Thanima Trophy.
Rajesh Nair of NCC was adjudged as Best back, Bino Varghese of KKDA as Best front, Shihabudeen of KKDA as Best coach, Geo Thomas of Redstar as Most promising player, Navin Paravur of Challengers Abbassiya as Best captain, Mejit Jacob of KKB as Best team coordinator. Team Friends of Kannur was awarded with the ‘Fair Play Team’ trophy.
All the teams played in the quarter finals of the match were given special cash prizes and trophies, besides the participation trophies to all the participating teams. Individual medals and certificates were also given to all the members of the winning teams.
The program ran from 4:00 pm to 3:00 am, and was telecasted live as per public demand to other countries. As always, Onathanima 2014 headed forth onto a victorious curtain fall with an elaborate teamwork and unison from all its members and well wishers.