A Bollywood bedazzled charity ball to help slum children in Bhopal

children in Bhopal

Melbourne: The magnificent Manningham Function Center was decked out in purple and fuschia décor with a star-lit ceiling reflecting on the glass walls to the flickering Doncaster lights. This provided a magic setting for a magic dance party. It was a night of Bollywood bedazzled charity ball organised to help a noble cause.
All funds raised on this special night of nights supported Muskaan School in Bhopal – building hope, respect and life opportunities for children from the slum communities through effective, engaging and relevant education.
As guests concluded their pre-dinner drinks and snacks, students from the Bharatha Choodamani School of Indian Dance, Australia started the programme with a very colorful Gypsy dance in traditional Carnatic style.
Chief guest Vice Consul Anjan Bhaumik was honoured with a tikka before he conveyed greetings and good wishes for the success of the evening on behalf of the Consulate General of India in Melbourne.
Delicious entrees were enjoyed as Sunalini Eshan Arya performed a solo Kathak piece on a classic song “Murli Manohar Krishna Kanhaiya“. She was then followed by other members of the Nacho School of Recreational Dance performing a traditional Rajasthani Folk Dance, a Spanish Bollywood fusion and a 90’s mix of Bollywood favorites.
Energy levels were recharged with a gourmet buffet as guests also participated in several raffles and bid for the array of goods on the silent auction.
The Jhoom Bollywood Dance Troupe hit the stage with their signature color and energy, and soon had the dance floor filled once again with eager guests embracing the Bollywood moves.
As the crowds filtered away toward midnight, a quick tally identified that, not only had this been a great social success. About $9,000 was raised toward the Muskaan School in the process. (TIW)

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