East meets west is a unique concert hosted by Essex Indian community group. Festive spirit, food, fun, cultural programme and hospitality makes it one of the most glamorous Diwali celebrations locally and regionally.
This year was no different. Their programme had three sections and theme was folk culture across the globe. Singing sensations started with well known Bengali singer Soma singing Bhatiyali and Baoul songs of Bengal, followed by Shreyashi and Molly performing folk based Hindi songs. Similarly western country songs were performed by extremely talented upcoming singers Teerna, Shreya and Tista.
Renowned male singers of London Anirban and Ujjwal put the stage on fire with their dancing numbers. Indra,Prem and Mahesh mesmerised the audience and they represented medical fraternity. Star attractions were fusion songs by 16year old Arya and computer engineer Ujjwal. Well known band Bandal Mainline made everyone in the hall dance accompanied by esteemed musicians Amith, Paps and Upal.
Second part of the programme was by dancing queens. Santali dance by Roopkatha and Chandrima, followed by Tripura folk dance by very well known dancer Pritidipa, group rain dance by Chaynsh, Shrey, Rajat,Vaibhavi,Krishtika and Tista. Adults showed their dancing talents with group Garba by Chitra, Malini,Tripti, Arghya, Jitendra and Ashish.
A superb dance workshop was conducted by 13year old Krishtika and her friends.
A unique salsa dance were presented by Jayita and Suman. Koli dance was performed by Moumita and Pritidipa. Solo dance performances were by Prasasya,Ishani,Moumita ,Krishtika,Chinu showcasing South Indian and Maharastrian and Asameese folk dances. Ahana presented a fusion of Mexican folk with Rajasthani banzara dance,while 16 year old Sanjana presented Labni and hip-hop remix.
This was followed by a lavish sit down dinner provided by renowned East London restaurant Tabla. Grand finale of the show was an amazing fashion show Made in India, where people enjoyed spirit of unity in diversity. Programme was compered by Arpita, the cultural secretary of the group.