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The Mega Geethavani 2015 the grandest ever show in Sydney, Vishu Mohan Chief Guest
Posted on: 02/10/2015 (Friday)
The Geethavani Awards, an iconic programme of Jaffna Hindu College Old Boys Association Sydney, had always been a great show but this time, it was unprecedented and a master class programme. The master piece of the event was the solo drums performance by Kalaimamani Sivamani. It was an exquisite, stellar performance. Some great singing by Anathu, Malathy and past Geethavani Awards winners together with the rhythmic vibrations created by the electrifying beats of the drum maestro Sivamani, turned the evening of 19th September 2015 into a magnificent, sensational evening. The mega Geethavani provided the house full of audience, at the 945 seats capacity Sir Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, Sydney, an incredible entertainment and an experience that is parallel to none.
The annual Geethavani Awards was very special for the Jaffna Hindu College old boys in Sydney as this year they celebrate the 125th anniversary of their alma mater. Made it more special to them were the 20 years completion of the OBA Sydney and the 10th successful year of Geethavani Awards in Australia. To leave an impression of these historical events, the OBA Sydney organized the Geethavani Awards 2015 as a mega event. Indeed, it was truly a mega event and a well-organized event. The organizers even provided transport for the participants. There were 3 special buses running between Pendle Hill and City to transport the people to and from the venue. 
The mega Geethavani programme started in the traditional way with lighting of oil lamp, the National Anthem, Tamil Thai Vazhthu, and College song. The honour of lighting the oil lamp was given to the Chief Guest Mr.Vishnu Mohan (CEO of ANZ Pacific and Country CEO of Fiji and a distinguished old boy of Jaffna Hindu College), the OBA Sydney Patrons Mr.S.Ponnampalam and Mr.T.Arulanantham, and the reigning President of Sydney OBA Mr.Gunaratnam Partheepan. The National Anthem and the Tamil Thai Vazhthu were sung by Babitha Selvanathan and Swetha Sureshkumar. The past students of Jaffna Hindu College proudly sang their College song. 
Finishing the formalities, the stage opened for the musical entertainment with Satish Kumar’s Orchestra. The starting songs were from devotional genre. The opening song was the melodious devotional song “Pullankulal Koduththa Moonkilkale” in the voice of Ananthu Narayan. He dedicated the song to the late Mellisai Mannar M.S.Viswanathan. That was followed by “Thaga Thagavena Aadava” sang by Malathy Lakshman in the modulated voice of the legendry K.B.Sundarambal. After few more song from them, the Geethavani Awards contest for the junior category started. Srivaths Rajagopalan, Abirami Puvanendran, Sathiyan Ilanko, and Sreekanta Brahmapuram were the four finalists of the junior category. All four of them gave their best to take home the coveted Geethavani Award. However, the audience voting was the deciding factor and they adjudicated Srivaths Rajagopalan as the winner of the junior category. 
Mas.Srivaths Rajagopalan - Winner - Junior Category - Geethavani Awards 2015 - Presented by Sri Accounting Mr.Kumarasri
After the performance of the junior finalists, there was a musical game to involve all the audience. The orchestra played the BGMs of Tamil cine songs and the audience were asked to identify the songs. The Geethavani Awards contest continued after this short fun. The finalists of the duet category, Shylaja Mahadeva and Muthulingam Jeyabarathithasan, Mary Arokia and Akbar Sheriff, and Chitra Venkatraman and Venkatraman Balakrishnan, showcased their talents to capture the votes of the audience to become the winner of the Geethavani Awards 2015. Chitra Venkatraman and Venkatraman Balakrishnan bagged the winner trophy of the duet category.
Mrs.Chitra Venkatraman and Mr.Venkatraman Balakrishnan - Winners - Duet Category - Presented by BJ Accounting Mr.Mahinthan
Next followed were some speeches. The President of the Sydney OBA Gunaratnam Partheepan was called to the stage to deliver his welcome speech. He was so proud to declare that the Geethavani Awards not only provide the platform to identify Tamil singing talents and raise their profile as burgeoning Tamil singers, but also give the much needed opportunity to local musicians to play along with experienced Indian musicians and grow as professional musicians. He was full of pride when he said most of the well-known stage singers in Sydney are the product of Geethavani Awards. 
President - JHCOBA Sydney 2015 - Mr.Gunaratnam Partheepan
Following him, the Chief Guest Mr.Visnu Mohan, CEO of ANZ Pacific and Country CEO of Fiji and a distinguished old boy of Jaffna Hindu College, was invited to address the occasion. He delivered a short, simple, but worthy speech. 
Mr.Visnu Mohan, CEO of ANZ Pacific and Country CEO of Fiji - Old Boy of Jaffna Hindu College
It was back to music after those speeches with Ananthu and Malathy on stage. They entertained the crowd with a mix of sensational songs, melodies, and some peppy numbers such as “Viddai Koddu Engal Naadae,” “Manmadha Rasa.” 
A song tributing Jaffna Hindu College was also released at the event. The song “Elunthidu Thola Elunthidu” written by Mr.G.Partheepan, President of OBA Sydney, is in praise of the school’s 125 years of pride and excellence in all spheres and motivates the youngsters of the College. It was composed by Satish Orchestra and was sung by Anantha Narayanan. The Geethavani 2015 Souvenir also was released at the event. The souvenir was of 125 pages to mark the 125th anniversary of the school and was designed by Nimalan Tharmalingam, who also received a recognition at the event. He was awarded "“Inthuvin Varainjar” title by the Sydney OBA.

After a short break for recess, the past winners of the Geethavani Awards entertained the audience with their performances. The JHC OBA Sydney proudly presented 8 of their past winners who have created a name for them in the Australian Tamil music entertainment industry. They performed in pairs of two and provided some awesome, complete performances on the stage, not just the song, which were very commendable. This was a new inclusion to the Geethavani programme to celebrate its 10th anniversary. 
Then took the stage was the much awaited, the great, Kalaimamani Sivamani. Drummer Kalaimamani Sivamani needs no introduction. He is an excellent stage performer with showmanship and can play multiple instruments such as drums, octoban, darbuka, udukkai, and kanjira. He started off with paying tribute to his gurus and then went on to blast the stage with his stellar performance. In fact, he stole the show with his sensational performance and the way he interacted with the audience. Seeing him performing surrounded by an array of instruments, a mix of global percussion instruments and unconventional instruments, was a visual treat. He took the Sydney audience to a new world of experience for over one hour, during which time he enthralled the audience with him into the world of rhythm. 

After the mesmerizing performance from Drum Maestro Sivamani, the final competition of the Geethavani Awards for the youth category started. The finalist, Keerthana Chandrasekar, Sneha Rajagopalan, Gireshanth Ganesharaja, and Anuradha Jayakumar, performed their best on the stage to capture the prestigious Geethavani Awards. Keerthana Chandrasekar won the hearts of the audience and became the winner of the Geethavani Awards for Youth Category.
Ms.Keerthana Chandrasekar - Winner - Geethavani Awards 2015 - Presented by TSS World Wide Money Transfer - Mr.Pratheepan
Mr.Srikumar Sivakurunathan - Secretary - JHCOBA Sydney 2015
At this historical juncture of the college, the Sydney OBA also thought to recognize the old boys of the college who have contributed to Sri Lankan Tamil music and film industry at the Geethavani's 10th event. Twenty three (23) of them were identified and recognized with the title "“இந்துவின் கலைஞன்”. Read more...
The event came to an end around 11.30 PM with the presentation of awards and vote of thanks. The secretary of the Sydney OBA, Mr.Srikumar Sivakurunathan, delivered the vote of thanks.
Honouring Satish Kumar - Music Director of Geethavani Awards 2015  - Presented by G.Partheepan
Mr.S.Pratheepan - Main Sponsor - Geethavani Awards 2015
Mr.Prasanna Representative from Lyca Mobile Platinum Sponsor - Geethavani Awards 2015
Mr.S.Thumilan CEO Blue Ocean Group of Companies - Gold Sponsor - Geethavani Awards 2015

Photographs by: Ketharasarma Ledchumanasarma - Victoria, Melbourne

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