KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) — The Tamil, Telugu, Malayalee and Sikh New Year joint celebrations tonight organised by the MIC is the first of the many efforts that the party is to undertake to reach out to the various ethnic groups within the Indian community in the country.
MIC Secretary General S. Murugesan said the four-in-one cultural extravaganza at the Mines Resort City Convention Hall here encompasses the spirit of 1Indian, and in the larger picture, 1Malaysia.
The four biggest ethnic groups within the Indian community here celebrate their new year on different days within a fortnight with the Telegu community being the first to celebrate their Ugadhi new year on April 4, while the Tamils celebrated their Puthandu and Sikhs their Vaisakhi yesterday and the Malayalees celebrate their Vishu new year Friday.
“This celebration is a cultural and strategic initiative of MIC President Datuk G. Palanivel to demonstrate his sincerity in wanting to be inclusive and is indicative of a resurgent MIC,” he told Bernama.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are expected at the event that starts at 8.30pm, along with a crowd of 12,000.
About 1.2 million Indians are expected to watch the show live through Astro.
At the event, Astro is to launch a special Community News Bulletin for the Indian community. The bulletin aired over the weekend is highly interactive and dwells into the society’s psyche, woes and aspirations.
Well known local and foreign artistes including actress cum dancer Ragasiya and Meghna Naidu are set to provide electrifying performance at the event along with renowned south Indian music director Vijay Anthony and playback singer Naresh Iyer, and songwriter and singer Neha Bhasin.
The drums and the rhythm of the various ethnic groups including the Malay and Chinese and other cultural performances are set to enthral the crowd.
Source : Bernama