It was a jolly Sunday filled with music, a bit of dancing, mouthwatering eatables and surprise gifts during the musical evening, `Golden Oldies’, organised by Adhya Shakti Mataji temple at Ashoka restaurant in Hounslow.
Popular yesteryear Bollywood actor, Mr Deepak Parasher, was our surprise VIP invitee. The actor who starred in `Nikaah’, Purani Haveli’, `Aap to Aisa Na They’, `Sharaabi’ and ‘Insaaf Ka Tarasu’ delivered a talk about the temple and appealed for donations for upcoming temple renovation work. The audience enjoyed having him around and many were jostling to take snaps with the actor.
Mr Raaj Gambhir and Ms Chaaya took the audience down nostalgia lane by belting out popular duets including `Chura liya hai’ and `Aaj Kal Tere mere pyar ke’. Of course, our regular singer, Mr Buddhev Kansara was in full flow in his attractive kurta for the occasion. Ms Aarti too pitched in with a song. Solo songs, including a mix of religious and romantic ones, were relished by the packed gathering. `Shirdi Waale Sai Baba’ `Baar baar Dekho, Hazaar baar Dekho’, `Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and `Dum Maro Dam’ were among those which set the stage afire.
The raffle game was absolute fun and a big hit with the crowd. Numbers of all tickets that were sold for the evening were shuffled and distinguished guests were invited to pick out lucky winners. The fortunate ones got to select among the lovely prizes displayed.
A mood of excitement took hold of the gathering whenever General Secretary, Ms Mamta Nagda, who took charge of the proceedings, goaded one of the distinguished guests to pick up a lucky ticket winner.
Temple Chairman, Mr Jaswant Maicha, appealed for donations for the temple which resulted in a substantial sum being mobilised during the event. He billed the event, “a huge success.”
Delicacies like the Canapes, Dhokra, Aloo Chat Papadi and Pakoras were relished by the visitors.