| James Kon |
THE children of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam (Pusat Ehsan) were recently treated to a colourful Bollywood dance and song performance by the visiting Mumbai-based ‘Sugar n Spice’ troupe at the centre’s premises at Kampong Bengkurong.
Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nagma M Mallick, Pusat Ehsan Executive Trustee Pengiran Datin Hajah Noraini binti Pengiran Dipa Negara Laila Diraja Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin, Pusat Ehsan Senior Trustee Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Alimin bin Haji Abdul Wahab, and Pusat Ehsan Policy and Planning Trustee Haji Ahmad bin Haji Abdul Rahman were also present.
In her speech, the Indian High Commissioner noted that, “The performance of Sugar n Spice in Brunei is [meant] to celebrate the strong friendship between Brunei Darussalam and India, as well as to celebrate 25 years of Asean-India partnership.”
The troupe’s male lead singer, Mickey Singh Narula, said in an interview, “I have always wanted to perform for special children. It’s a great privilege to give our Bollywood performance for the kids.”
Members from the Welfare Body of the Spouses of Senior Government Officials and Women Officials (BISTARI); International Women’s Club of Brunei; and the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei also turned up to enjoy the show.
Meanwhile, following the success of their performance at the Arts Centre of Jerudong International School on Friday night, Sugar n Spice hopes to return to Brunei with a grander performance.
Narula said, “I have been to many countries and this is my first time to Brunei. The country is beautiful and I am happy that the audience here is very receptive of Indian music and culture despite not understanding our language.”
“People like and love our music. We love Bruneians for loving our music and dances. I hope that our performance can also strengthen ties between Brunei and India. I would love to do more here. I would like to bring a bigger troupe, do more shows and longer performances in this beautiful place. I wish I can return at least once every year,” he said, adding that should the opportunity arise, he would love to collaborate with local artistes to create music and hold dance performances.