January 22, 2010

Joyous 1Malaysia National Ponggal (or pongal) celebration in Brickfields - the Little India of Kuala Lumpur


A big crowd from all walks of life and different races attended the first 1Malaysia National Ponggal (pongal) Celebration that was held on a street next to the open car park opposite Palm Court apartment in Brickfields Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 17th January 2010.

Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin launched the event.

Mai Tomyam is happy to take part in the joy and merriment in the traditional Indian celebration.

About 500 participants comprising mostly family members participated in the cooking of the Ponggal rice in claypots at the celebration. Many gathered to witness the pot boiling over with the rice and milk spilling from the claypot signifying that one’s home is blessed and that the family can look forward to prosperity.

The rice was sponsored by Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd and the free flow of Enrico’s Indian Hi Top tea is sponsored by distributor Raviraj Sdn Bhd (RRSB).

Ponggal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்) is a popular harvet festival celebrated by Tamils as a thanksgiving to the sun god Sooriya Bhagawan, rain god Indra and all the farm animals that have helped to produce a bountiful harvest


Traditional Performance:


An Indian cultural dance at the Ponggal celebration.


Two dancers in tiger costumes showing off their dance moves.


A traditional dancer gyrated to the music.


A fantastic and fascinating cultural performance.


A traditional cultural dance executed with extreme grace and poise.


The beautiful music and dance.


Roshan Singh playing the traditional drum.


Traditional drummers put up a splendid performance.


A traditional dance by 59-years old grandmother K. Janaki who wowed the crowd with her energetic dance moves.


A peacock dance by 11 years old Atikah Hashim dancing to an Indonesian dangdut song.


In the true spirit of 1Malaysia, the Nasyid singers Salam (from left) Zaidi Rustam, 39, Muad'z Dzulkefly, 31, and Admad Fadzli Bakar, 33, sang a Hindi song Oli Thedum (Mencari Cahaya) that had the crowd in enraptured.


Nasyid singer Zaidi Rustam of Salam captivated the audience with his singing prowess and vocals.


Guests:


National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan greeting guests at the event.


Volunteers including those from Kolej PTPL helping out at the event.


Putera MIC National Deputy Chairman M. Thanasekaran (second from right), Dineshwaran (third from right) and others at the event.


Pretty maidens at the registration booth.


National MIC Information chief P. Kamalanathan accompanied the arrival of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin (in long sleeve blue batik) and his wife Datin Nafisah Nong Chik to the event.


A traditional Indian stick dance to welcome the arrival of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Raja Zainal Abidin and his wife.


(From left): National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister YB Datuk M. Saravanan, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin, Datin Nafisah Nong Chik, Shobana and the Guru from Brickfields Sivan Temple Thirkka Tharisigal Sannithanam.


National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan welcomed everyone to the first 1Malaysia National Ponggal Celebration and hoped all Malaysians would take Ponggal as Malaysia's very own thanksgiving festival.


Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Raja Nong Chik bin Raja Zainal Abidin said he was pleased with the multi-racial turnout of the crowd and his ministry would do everything within its means to promote Brickfields' Little India to all the tourists.


National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan presenting a token of appreciation to Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin.


Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin was draped with a fabric over his body and garlanded with flowers by National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan.


National MIC Information chief P. Kamalanathan draping a piece of cloth around the shoulders of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister YB Datuk M. Saravanan as YB Senator Raja Nong Chik bin Raja Zainal Abidin looks on.


Shobana, wife of National MIC information chief P Kamalanathan, draping a piece of cloth around the shoulders of Datin Nafisah Nong Chik, wife of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin.


"Ponggal, ponggal":


Participants cooking ponggal rice at the event.


More than 500 people participated in cooking the ponggal rice in clay pots at the celebration.


Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin and National MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan puttingg the milk into the pot as Datin Nafisah Nong Chik looks on.






















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