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Gulf Expatriates: Celebrating ‘Baandhavya 2018’ at Muscat

By Abdul Mubarak Karaje

Muscat: Team Baandhavya, Muscat organized “Baandhavya” cultural program, which was celebrated with great excitement on March 16, 2018 at Barka farm house here. Nearly 1000 non-resident Indians participated in this program.

Team Baandhavya has been organizing a public program under the name ‘Baandhavya’ for non-resident Kannadigas for four consecutive years with different concepts.

Baandhavya 2018 Muscat1This is a program combining of many non-resident families, including children, women, young people and seniors arranged with main attraction of rural style shops, food dishes, and childhood play.

Village Fair in the Desert

Village fair is the main attraction of this event. All non-resident Indians engaged in daily employment at the gulf state surprised by the sight of village fair atmosphere. Special glimpse of the family fusion program was petty shops, memorable materials of early childhood life, village dishes, omelets, tapioca, ice candies, gas soda drinks and vegetables were also available. All age groups were enjoyed by hot spicy snacks, native hotel dishes and chocolates as well as ice-cream.

Baandhavya 2018 Muscat2The crowds gathered at specially arranged photo gallery; also were amazed for a moment at the specially prepared village post box for this event and stood beside it taking away the selfie.

Children’s curiosity

Baandhavya 2018 Muscat3The event started with the children’s games, whereby parents enthusiastically engaged with their kids as rarely arranged special rural sport competition in the backyard. They recalled childhood period playing with their friends during school days. Similarly, women’s games competition also organized by women’s separately. For ladies a flower stall with village flowers like jasmine, rose etc. arranged.

Honoring noted personalities


Baandhavya 2018 Muscat5On this occasion, few noted personalities were honored for their service rendered to the society in different fields. They were, Yusuf Moodbidri, who trained her daughter for IAS exam, a rising poet and lyricist Ansar Katipalla, social activists Hafeez Panemangalore, Mohideen Padubidre and Jaffar Kalladka.

Cultural program

Crowds witnessed classical “Duff” and hilarious skit performed by the artists of Team Baandhaya.


Baandhavya 2018 Muscat4On this occasion, the chief guest journalist Fayaz N addressed the gathering and appreciated the program as it has been successful in strengthening the relationship between nonresident Indians, such effort is required to extend beyond the ocean. Further he said, back at home country, the secular nature remains unique, when relations between the all Indians become firm and solid. We are all responsible for saving the nation’s secular legacy and defeating fascism he said.

Abdul Salam Thumbe, the director of Team-Baandhavya presided over the function. Indian Pravasi Forum, Karnataka Chapter in Oman’s President Mohammed Anwar, Vice President of Indian Social Forum, Karnatak Chapter Syed Mohdin Saheb Sastan were present on the occasion. Team-Baandhavya adviser Riyaz Gangolli gave the welcome speech and Faizal Kalladka gave the thanksgiving speech. Program was compered by Zakariya Bappalige.

The Pran Lichi Company and the Barik Group sponsored this program.

[Abdul Mubarak Karaje is an NRI currently based in Muscat, Oman. He can be reached at [email protected]]

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