His Excellency Vinod Kumar and Director ICC K.L Kanojia seen presenting the instruments. Photo: SUPPLIED.
As part of its activities in Fiji the Indian Cultural Centre in Suva gifted a number of Indian musical instruments to schools and cultural organizations involved in promoting Indian dance and music and furthering cultural relations between India and Fiji. High Commissioner Mr Vinod Kumar presented the instruments in Suva on 28th May and Lautoka on 31st May.
Twenty-three schools, mandalies and organizations received the instruments in Suva. These included Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School, Shri Sanatan Dharam Kirtan Ramayan Mandali, Fiji School of Medicine, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ramakrishna Mission School, etc. The instruments were Dholak, Harmonium, Ghungaroos, Guitar, Naal, Keyboard, Manjeera, Dafli. Some books were also presented on the occasion.
Fourteen schools/mandalies/organizations in the Western Division received the instruments and books at the Girmit Centre, Lautoka, on 31 May 2014 from the High Commissioner. These included Fiji Girmit Council, Maigania Muslim Primary School, Sangam Institute of Technology, Assemblies of God, Golden Age Home, Tavua Andhra Sangam School, Voivoi Youth Club, among others.
Speaking on the occasion the High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the socio-cultural organizations in teaching and promotion of music and dane. He thanked the Girmit Council for taking over and running the Cultural Centre in Lautoka.