The Dancing Damsels Inc. – a non profit multi cultural Arts Promotion Company hosted its 2nd annual Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday 10th May, 2015 at Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga with a grand greet and treat party.
The event started with a colourful Mohiniyattam on Navarasa Anjali by Manjula Das Parakkot in a packed hall of mothers and their families.
Mary Ashok, Managing Director of the Dancing Damsels spoke of the occasion of Mother’s Day raising a toast honouring all mothers and Dancing Damsels’ Women Achievers 2015 and welcomed all the guests .The Chief Guests of the evening Reeti Mishra and Akilesh Mishra (Consul General of India ) together gave the Mother’s Day message to the gathering.
DD Woman Achiever award 2015 winners were given a warm reception during the evening. Lawyer & Barrister Latha Menon who couldn’t receive the award when it was distributed on International Women’s Day, was given to her on this occasion by renowned social worker and past AWIC Director Kamlesh Oberoi.
DD Women Achievers for the year 2015 – Asha Vishwanath (President of Kannada Sangha Toronto) – Community Leadership, Thresia Thomas (Woman behind the success – through various Associations) – Community Service, Ramneek Singh (Indian Classical Vocalist) – Music, ,Reena Deon (South Asian creative still Photographer, Photo Journalist) – Photography, Lata Menon (Barrister and Solicitor ) – Law and Mary David (the first woman in the Seiwa Kai (“Say wa keye”) GoJu Ryu Organization in Canada to earn her 5th Degree Black belt) –for the excellence in the Martial Arts – etc were honoured on this occasion.In appreciation to the unconditional support for Dancing Damsels Inc. Mridula Menon, Creative Director of Madurageetham and Ruban Elayathamby of Ruban Cam were honored during the evening.
Mothers, Grandmothers and their families were greeted with scrumptious appetizers. Being a celebration of Motherhood, all mothers and grandmothers were given tokens of love and appreciation.
Bhavna Bhatnagar of Ceramic Expressions was the Mega Sponsor of the event.
The winners of the DD Rocking Mom photo contest were announced, followed by prize distribution and cutting of the Mother’s Day cake by the winners. Panorama India Chair & DD Advisory Board Member Anu Srivastava and Mississauga Arts Council Executive Director Anu Vittal gave away the prizes. Rinki Mohapatra was declared the winner of the photo contest and Thamilchelvi – the “Rocking Mom for Fame”. Prizes for the photo contest was sponsored by SITARA JEWELS (Custom Diamond Jewellery)
To promote and encourage women in performing arts, Dancing Damsels conducted a dance competition for Adult Women. SG Expressions and Rees Move & Dance were the finalists of the contest. Through audience voting SG Expressions won the cash award sponsored by Sanjiv Puri & Mona Sharma of Supervisa Insurance.
Keeping up with their motto of P.E.A.C.E, the Dancing Damsels Mother’s Day event highlighted and encouraged local talent in the entertainment section of the event. Students of Kalai Aruvi Dance Academy, Hasan Mobin, Sanvi Mohanty, Adi Shankar, Sanskrithi Marathe, Harvi Karatha & Jenine Paulose performed a variety of dances much to the delight of the mothers. Upcoming talents and Musicians delighted the hearts of many with foot tapping numbers and made kids & adults shake a leg or two.
Aleesha Thomas, Anjali John, Swara & Roopa Subramanyam, Nanditha Srinivasan.Sangeetha Ramachandran enthralled the crowd with their wonderful singing.
Dancing Damsels’ “Dance Fest 2015” fundraiser kick off was headed by Chief Guest Anu Vittal with the lighting of the lamp in the presence of esteemed guests, sponsors and supporting organizers. DD Advisory Board members, Cultural organization heads and media sponsors were present at the occasion. It was announced that Manoj Karatha of Remax Realty Inc. will be the Grand Sponsor for the Dance FEST 2015 .
The evening ended with cutting of the Mother’s Day cake by Rinki Mohapatra, the photo contest winner along with Team DD. The entire evening was ably handled by the emcees of the evening Annie Koshy & Jane Jomy.
The Fashion show sponsored by Divya Raj of Redknot Fashions was the highlight of the evening .
An event as magnificent and touching as this had the support and patronage of magnanimous sponsors – Supervisa Insurance, Premium Glass & Showers, Raymond James Ltd. UAE Exchange, AM Rubber & Foam Gasket Inc., Agincourt Nissan, Royal Kerala Foods, FDS Broker Service, Deepak Dani of Homelife Realty, Jayasri Kannan Insurance Advisor, Dr. Sunny Johnson, AJB Travels, Skylight Travels, AUM Beauty Clinic, Ajaara Ayurveda Wellness Center, Shallet Ann James – Royal LePage, SBI Canada, Tom Chacko – Royal LePage, Pankaj Bajpai – Sunlife Financials, Oswald Emmanuel – Royal LePage, Prabha Ranganathan, Nima & Harry – Homelife Realty, Pradeep Menon of The Mortgage Group (TMG), Kurien Xaviour & Anil Jose – Homelife Realty, Vince Thomas – Royal LePage along with Media sponsors Madhurageetham, Malayala Mayooram, Rogers TV, Analai Express, Ruban Cam, ATN, and Web Malayalee – online hub for news and publicity.
The event was held in tandem with their motto of P.E.A.C.E . ( PROMOTE -cultural arts and cultural exchange, EMPOWER-women to exercise equal opportunities, APPRECIATE- women success and achievements, CELEBRATE -womanhood and motherhood and ENCOURAGE -women to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
Under the leadership of Mary Ashok (Managing Director), Team DD – Asha Vishwanath, Sinthujaa Jeyarajah, Manjula Das, Aayesha Arshad, Shobha Shekar, Smarty Merin, Bhavna Bhatnagar, Suganya Sivaraja, Shalini Bharadhwaj, Brindha Muralidhar, Minu Jose, and Fawzia Khan worked hard behind the scene, for the success of this event.
Breathtaking performances and delectable cuisine continued warming the hearts of mothers and families into late Sunday evening.
One more feather is added to the crown of Team DD by organizing a sold out -houseful event.
Report by: WNN