Colorful South Asian Musical Show
Syed Zubair with a South Asian artist
A colorful cultural show was presented
by members of the Asian Canadian Support Centre (ACSC)
on December 4, 2004 at Yorkwood Library Theater, North
York. Artists from various cultural groups participated
in the program and entertained the audience with their
songs and dances.
The event was well attended by members of different South
Asian communities as well as mainstream Canadians. The
scenes from old movies were played on a giant screen on
the stage. Although it was a rather cold evening, people
from as far as Ajex, Markham, Mississauga and Brampton
had come to the festive and friendly mood at the rmusic
The theatre was filled to capacity. There were Pakistanis,
Indians, Sri Lankans, Bangladashes, Nepalese, Burmese,
Italians, Middle Easterners and members of many other
communities. It was a spectacle of multiculturalism at
its best. During the interval, people enjoyed mouthwatering
snacks and hot chutney prepared by Azhar Shaikh.
The event started with the national anthem. Zafar Warsi,
master of ceremony of the evening, then introduced the
dignitaries present. He mentioned that the spirit of tolerance
demonstrated by the attendees should lead to a better
understanding of one another. He then called upon Syed
Ashar Warsi, a prominent activist and president of the
Asian Canadian Support Centre, to address the gathering.
Mr Warsi welcomed the guests and shed light on the services
of the ACSC. He was followed by Dr. Peter Li preti, Councilor,
City of Toronto, who lauded the contribution of the Asian
Canadian Support Centre and the services of Syed Warsi
in serving as a bridge between S. Asians and mainstream
Canadians. The M.C. invited Ms. Mary Cicogna, School Trustee,
Toronto Catholic District School Board to address the
Greetings from Hon. Roy Cullem, M.P., Dr. Shafiq Qaddri,
M.D., M.P.P Hon. Mario Sergio, M.P.P., Eve Adams, Councilor
City of Mississauga were then read. Mr. Joes Carraro,
one of the proud sponsors and president of Symphony Orchestra
then made a few edifying remarks.
The Tamil group presented colorful solo and classical
group dances. Yasmin presented a beautiful film dance.
Jagdev Singh Nijjar did a great job as producer and sound
engineer. Appreciation awards by Hon. Roy Cullen, M.P.,
Hon. Dr. Shafiq Qaddri, M.D., M.P.P., Hon. Mario Sergio
and Dr. Peter Li Preti, Councillor City of Toronto were
presented to Syed A. Warsi, Jagdev Singh Nijjar, Zubair
Choudhry, Sumita Chatterjee, Saleem Janjua, Mumtaz Khan,
Karan Thura, Tamil Dance group, Zafar Warsi, Azrab M.
Khan, Maria R. Aruilkumar.
On the whole the event was well planned for which Syed
A Warsi, Jagdev Singh Nijjar and Zubair Choudhry need
to be duly lauded.