As part of the India@75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) organised a musical journey, Malhar, led by the ICC Youth Wing and with participation of amateur singers in Doha.
Food stalls with traditional village settings from various parts of India were among the main attractions of the evening.
ICC resident P N Baburajan formally inaugurated the event where youth wing co-ordinator and ICC Managing Committee (MC) member Mohan Kumar gave the welcome address. ICC vice-president Subbaramanya Hebbagelu delivered the presidential speech by highlighting the active role and participation of the ICC Youth Wing in the various events organised by the centre.
Youth wing Executive Committee representative Manjoth spoke about the potential of the youth while another active executive committee member, Abdulla Poyil, proposed the vote of thanks.
The musical journey of the day began with Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan, ‘Vaishnav Jan To’, after the lighting of a traditional lamp by ICC MC, Advisory and Youth Wing members.
Nivedhya Menon steered and anchored the musical programme, in which singers Muthu Lathief, Harib Hussain, Aneesh Kumar, Mythili Shenoy and Reshma Raveendran enthralled the audience with songs in Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil at ICC's Ashoka Hall.
The hall resembled a dance floor as many of the audience members were on their feet thanks to the splendid performance by the singers. During the final mashup, the audience and youth congregated at the stage along with the singers in making the event more vibrant. This was the first musical stage programme to held after the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.
A number of other dignitaries attended the evening, such as ICC Advisory Council chairman K S Prasad, ICBF past vice-president Mahesh Gowda, prominent media personality Dr Amanulla Vadakkangara, Rusiya Group manager Dr Karim, ABB local division manager, and prominent community activist Chandrasekhar Angadi.