Cultural show marks Onam festival

Wani Roslan

The Malayali community of India in the Sultanate celebrated the Onam festival with a colourful cultural show at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre last night. The event, Sravanolsav 2019, was organised by the Bandar Seri Begawan Indian Association (BSBIA).

The harvest festival of Kerala recalls the self-surrender of a legendary king and crushing of one’s ego, leading to spiritual enlightenment. It is also the time of the year when families and friends come together to celebrate.

The festival was inaugurated by High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar. He said that Onam is one of the many harvest festivals of India and represents the mosaic of the country. “It is a colourful festival reminding all of King Mahabali’s values,” he said.

Chairman of Sravanolsav 2019 Jacob Rajanish Kumar in his welcoming address called on the community to appreciate the good values that they learnt from the legend of King Mahabali and share the joy of celebration with everyone.

“We are lucky to find a country like Brunei to work, contribute, live and make friends. It is one of the most peaceful nations which is a home away from home for most of us. While we are Indians in our soul, we are Bruneians in our heart,” he said.

The event was enlivened with colourful cultural performances including dancing, singing, and other stage events. Also in attendance were President of BSBIA Ravi Chandran, President of the Malayali Association Anil Kumar Pillai and guests.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar delivers a speech. PHOTOS: WANI ROSLAN
Photos above and below show two of the performances at the event.