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NETS Pongal Vizhaa - A Grand Affair

Bamiela Venkat

Pongal Vizhaa, one of the richest events in NETS tradition, was celebrated with full enthusiasm and pomp at Littleton High School on Saturday, February 2nd.  NETS real motive of preserving culture and improving Tamil language was clearly seen in all programs. This mega event featured 300+ participants and over 50 programs. The show was very well attended with over 1000+ patrons filling the auditorium all the time while keeping the performers enthused!  Our kids living in a faraway land enthralled the audience with their high energy participation. Programs included were Classical Dance/Singing, Movie Dance/Singing, Instrumental, Drama/Skit etc.

Program started with the traditional prayer - Tamil Thai Vazhthu. A small introduction about our ancient festival was given by committee members Poongundran and Bamiela. NETS president, Raj Velmurugan gave the welcome speech which inspired everyone including the new members to continue their support to NETS and its motive of improving Tamil Language.

Programs started with back to back power performances from our talents like a firework, without any break in between. It was very well-coordinated by the committee members and the entire 6 hour program was thoroughly entertaining! Some programs that highlighted the Pongal Vizhaa includes were Singam Dance, Musical Ramayana (comedy hit), Jathiswaram, Thamizhisai, MKT Classical, Jai Ho Adult Rock Dance, Dance by Ladies, Tamil Medley Dance, Drama by Shishu Bharathi kids, Fusion hits and the final classical Duo - to name a few. Audience response was overwhelming which was shown by their high involvement in the programs till the end.

Raj Velmurugan gave a brief update on NETS events, committee members, youth volunteers and their roles and hard work to make the program a real success. Youth volunteers played a vital role this time in helping out the entire event. Raj on his speech praised them for their awesome support and expressed his desire to involve them more going forward. Two of the youth volunteers (Shilpa & Valli) contributed to Emcee the programs along with Bamiela and Poongothai. NETS distinguished yester year president Ramesh Venkataramani was honored for all his self-less service for NETS.

Almost the entire audience stayed till the end of the program, for which the sole reason they cited was “the high quality of the programs”. NETS is proud in bringing quality programs each time and this year is not an exception! Tasty dinner was served from Madras Grill Restaurant. Event came to an end with a thankful note from Bamiela. On behalf of NETS she thanked the sponsors (Universal Insurance, Citi Air, and Math Mind) and one and all for their priceless contribution of time and energy to make the event a grand success.

As the saying goes, all ends well and we eagerly wait for our next event – Chithirai Vizhaa!

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