Ghana Mazhai in Melbourne, a fund raiser event by Melbourne OBA: Chief Guest Dr.T.Kamalanathan
Posted on: 17/08/2013 (Saturday)
Ghana Mazhai 2013 & Dinner, the annual fund raising event of OBA Melbourne was held yesterday Saturday, 17th August 2013 at Hungarian Community Centre, 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna, Victoria, Australia 3152. The event started at 6 PM and went on past 11 PM with full house till the end with the carefully planned and executed show that had an array of lovely songs and dances in between to add colour to the whole event.
Ghana Mazhai is a musical show and dinner organized annually by the Jaffna Hindu College Old Boys Association Victoria (Melbourne) to support Jaffna Hindu College Fund Programme, which is an initiative by the OBA Melbourne to support the school development programmes. The Chief Guest of the evening was Dr.Thirunavukarasu Kamalanathan, a distinguished old boy (1956-1966) and former teacher (1980-1990) of Jaffna Hindu College.
Keeping up with the tradition, the event started with lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest Dr.Kamalanathan, the President of JHCOBA Sydney Mr.Mahendravarman Srinivasan, and guests from other JHCOBAs. College song by the old boys followed next, and then the President of OBA Melbourne Mr.T.Athiththan welcomed everyone to the enjoyable evening of music and dinner. In his address, the president outlined the projects carried out with the College Development Fund. With the funds collected in the past years, OBA Melbourne has donated a computer lab for their alma mater. Last year too they have donated 20 computers with network for the lab. They also gave cash reward for Master Senthuran, a student of Jaffna Hindu who created a new record in All Island U16 High Jump and was selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Adidas All School Track and Field Championships held in Melbourne last year. He dedicated these achievements to the committee members and their families. Without whose commitment and dedication this would not have been possible, he said. Mr.Athiththan thanked them for their effort and valuable time to make Ghana Mazhai 2013 a grand success. He also thanked for the unstinted support of the old boys and their families and friends, sponsors, and the well-wishers in making Ghana Mazhai a continued success, and requested for their continued support in future too.
After President’s welcome address, there was another welcome in the form of a gracious dance by the students of Mrs.Meena Ilankumaran. Then the Chief Guest was invited to address the audience. The Chief Guest Dr.T.Kamalanathan in his address paid his tribute to old boys of Jaffna Hindu living in every part of the world for keeping the bond with the alma mater and for organizing these types of events that strengthen the unity of our community and retain our identity. Dr.Kamalanathan said that he was proud to have learnt and taught at JHC. The knowledge and experience he gained at JHC helped him later to pave a valuable road of education at Jaffna, he said. He took pride for been associated with JHC that from the very beginning providing the students the “Learning to be”, the most important of the four scope of education spelt by UNESCO.
Dr.T.Kamalanathan’s (PGDE–Colombo, MA in Education–Jaffna, PhD in Education–Jaffna) contribution to educational activities in the Jaffna district and especially to Jaffna Hindu is immense. He was the founder president of Jaffna National College of Education. When he was a teacher at Jaffna Hindu during Principal Mr.S.Ponnampalam’s period, he worked hard to recommence the publication of the Young Hindu. Not only that, he started the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade at JHC and reorganized Tamil Sangam at the college and organized Tamil Vizha. Later he moved to Kopay Teachers College and National College of Education Batticaloa as a lecturer. His contribution to education in our mother land further widened with him becoming the Vice President of National College of Education Vavuniya and Founder President of National College of Education Jaffna. He contributed to education at the national level too as a Consultant for Quality in Education at the Ministry of Education. He transformed his tacit knowledge on education into books; he wrote 9 books related to education and published numerous articles in local newspapers.
After the chief guest's address, the stage was opened for entertainment and ghana mazhai started showering. The live music for ghana mazhai was provided by “Puthiya Poopalam Isai Kulu”, headed by Niroshan Sathiyamoorthy. Their selection of songs really needs an appreciation; they were simply superb. Dancers added visual treat to the songs.
Having fed the ears and eyes, the dinner table was opened at 8 PM to feed the audience with a mouth-watering Sri Lankan menu. After the dinner, the entertainment continued past 11 PM.
Before closing the event, in gratitude of sponsoring the event and conducting the music show to everyone’s delight, the sponsors and the band were presented with trophies of appreciation. A souvenir to mark the Ghana Mazhai 2013 was released too.
The Master of Ceremonies was Mr.Sivasuthan Kulendrasingam who conducted the event flawlessly to everyone’s appreciation. Closing the event officially, Mr. K.Vijayarajan, the Secretary of Melbourne OBA, delivered the vote of thanks. The event ended with a Raffles Draw.
Though the hall was bigger this year, it was fully packed with around 600 people of all ages enjoying the evening of music and get-to-gather. Ghana Mazhai , while helping for a good cause, is also an event that gives the old boys an opportunity to meet and greet friends and share the golden memories of the college days.