Prerana in Kuala Lumpur

May 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

BY HEMALAN NAMBIAR
April 26-27, KUALA LUMPUR (SAT-SUN) – On the evening of the 26th and 27th of April 2008, V.O.I.C.E (Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education), a newly an affiliated arm of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Kuala Lumpur, made its first-time initiative of organizing a dance and drama event called ‘Prerana’ which means inspiration in Sanskrit. This event was held in Tan Sri K.R Soma Auditorium at Wisma Tun Sambanthan. The occasion was publicised widely in the local media as well as several prominent organisations and received overwhelming response. The main purpose of Prerana is to raise funds for undergraduate university and college programs organised by V.O.I.C.E throughout the year which include forums, seminars, intervarsity summits, Xpressions and inter-faith talks. These programs are intended to encourage the development of well-rounded, successful, cultured young leaders with a balanced approach in their material and spiritual life. Besides serving as a fund raising event, Prerana was also used as a platform to introduce VOICE to the public eye.

The Prerana event lasted for 2 days. Saturday’s program was conducted in English while Sunday’s program was in Tamil. Both the evenings attracted a total of approximately 600 people. The event started at 7.30 p.m with light refreshments and ended with a grand dinner. On each of the evenings, there were beautiful violin recitals, exciting sequence of Harinam Dance, an exquisite Balinese Ramayana performance and a wonderful stage drama by Vraja Arts Theatr

e of Sri Jagannath Mandir, Kuala Lumpur. Vraja Arts Theatre staged two different  performances. On Saturday, there was a drama on Lord Narasimha’s appearance in English while on Sunday, the drama was on the advent of Lord Krsna in Tamil. The brilliantly choreographed Balinese Ramayana was a feast for the eyes. The performance was suffused with Balinese cultural flavour and was accompanied by background narration in the ancient Balinese language.

On the first day, we were blessed by the presence of Tan Sri, Dato’ Seri, Dr. M. Mahadevan, a philanthropist and a prominent psychiatrist. Tan Sri also became the first V.O.I.C.E patron and pledged RM 5,000.00 towards VOICE activities. The guest of honour on the following day was Datin Paduka Mother Mangalam, co-founder and current president of Pure Life Foundation.

VOICE would like to thank all those who have kindly contributed and supported this event. Your helping hand had made this event a great success.
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