ISC – Nucleus UAE Open Youth Festival 2015

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India Social & Cultural Centre (ISC Abu Dhabi), the premier socio-cultural organization for expatriate Indians in UAE, is organizing  UAE OPEN YOUTH FESTIVAL 2015 on 7th, 8th and 9th of May 2015, with a large number of School students’ participation from all over UAE.
The show will be setting a new standard in this form of competition and it is designed to be one of the most challenging competition ever to be held in the UAE.
Contestants will compete in 18 arts field at 5 simultaneous venues within the ISC premises over these three days.
These performances will be evaluated and judged by prominent Judging panels from India.
Results will be declared immediately after each programme is completed through ISC website and official electronic media associated with the event.
Kindly provide enough circulation to find the talents in UAE.
Godfrey Antony
Hon. Literary Secretary

Application form:

Application form can also be obtained from:
India Social & Cultural Centre
P. O. Box: 816
Abu Dhabi
Tel:  02 – 6730066
Fax: 02 – 6732899

Onam Sadhya at India Social and Cultural Centre Abu Dhabi

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Onam Sadhya at India Social and Cultural Centre Abu Dhabi

If I say, Onam is celebrated more abroad than in Kerala, it may prove to be true.

The photos here are just one example of a collective effort that keralites do to celebrate Onam in the Gulf.

At India Social and India Social & Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi it is extra special.

With all the utensils and ever ready volunteers and the guidance of experts, an Onam lunch for about 2000 plus guests is as simple as you make your breakfast at home in the morning.

I really have to praise the efforts of all those involved in serving a delicious lunch of this magnitude whenever it happens. Credits to all silent heroes who work hard and make these events a big success.

26 September 2014

A taste of culture – Short Take – Gulf Today – Dt. 19.04.2014

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A taste of culture
The UAE offers a perfect example of unity in diversity where an expatriate gets to know about various cultures, history and traditions.
It was such an occasion for me, being an Indian expatriate living in Abu Dhabi. The entertainment section of the Indian Social and Cultural Centre organised a cultural programme to celebrate the new year of various regional communities in a combined way. 
It was a harmonious blend of various festivities like Vishu, Ugadi, Pohela Boishakh, Bihu, Maha Vishu Sankranti, Varshapirappu, Baisakhi and Gudi Padwa. It united all residents from East, West, North and South of India with unique performances related to their region.
It was such a great evening that gave all a chance to understand that, to whichever part they belong, there is only one derivative for harmony and that is melodious music and rhythmic performance of dancers.
All the artists deserve credit. The organisers gave an opportunity for children and adults to understand deeper the unexplored country they came from. It turned out to be an evening not to forget for a long time.
Ramesh Menon

Gulf Today – Short Take – 19th April 2014
To read it in original, please visit GULF TODAY online

Talented kids

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Talented kids

It was a special morning for me today. I was among a group of creative little minds that came to participate in the Blossom 2014 – a UAE open drawing and painting competition conducted by the Literary Section of India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi.

Children from 7 to 17 years participated. Various interesting themes were given to them to express their mind and thoughts into a work of art on paper, either by sketching or drawing and colouring.

Believe me, the feelings of watching them express their imagination was beyond words. Some of them were truly talented. The way they started on a blank paper and finished was amazing.

From Abu Dhabi Corniche to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, date palm trees, fish market, pets and various other themes, they freaked out using a wild world of colours and lines.

Such kids have to be encouraged further and as a group we decided we would do our best.

However, it also brought out certain important observations. Some of them had never seen Abu Dhabi Corniche! Where the sun rises in Abu Dhabi Corniche? Some of them did not know how a date palm tree or how the steering wheel of a car looked like! Questions were aplenty.

It is an alarm and a reminder to parents and teachers. Interact with your children and students. Create a two-way conversation and nurture their talents. Allow them to express their minds and thoughts. Let them speak more and give your valuable time to listen to them. Show them and explain to them what is around and what is happening around.

Do not miss it out. Do not underestimate them and their talents! They are indeed a powerhouse of both. Give more time to family and children. End of the day, our world should revolve around them.

Ramesh Menon
Gulf Today – Short Take – 12 April 2014

Shinkari Melam by Shilpa Sreekumar and team at Face2Face with friends

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Shinkari Melam by Shilpa Sreekumar and team at Face2Face with friends of facebook.

held on Friday, 4th April 2014 at ISC Abu Dhabi

A tribute to men in white – Indian Naval Band Orchestra performing at ISC Abu Dhabi

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A tribute to men in white – Indian Naval Band Orchestra performing at ISC Abu Dhabi 
17th September 2013

An event organised by the Cultural Wing, Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.

It was indeed a great evening of music. Apologies for the casual recording quality as I was totally unaware of the abundance of talent I witnessed. It was an experience to not underestimate any artist. Looking forward to their return to Abu Dhabi. Also looking forward to more interesting presentations from the Cultural Wing of Embassy of India Abu Dhabi. Sincere tribute to all our men in white.