On Friday 8th March the KEHS Parents’ Association hosted their annual spring term event “Mumbai Dreamz”. This is a family social event with an Indian theme. It was a warm, welcoming evening and the ideal antidote to the cold and wet day.
From 3.30pm members of the PA and a number of enthusiastic girls transformed the school hall into a colourful entertainment arena with attractively laid tables, a well stocked bar area, a buffet table and an impressive display of raffle prizes.
Anticipation of what was to come started when the young dancers arrived in fabulous costumes and when the outside caterers filled the buffet table with steaming dishes of Indian food and platters of petits fours. The Indian food was extended by a choice of desserts with sweetmeats, fruit salad, grapes and chocolates provided by the PA.
At just after 7pm the first of the 140 guests who had snapped up tickets arrived and began to take their seats. There were tables with families, tables of just young people, tables of adults, tables of teachers, tables who had booked as whole groups of eight and tables where smaller groups of people were seated together and who hopefully made new friends… It was really good to see a wide range of age groups represented. From the very start the room had a lovely atmosphere with themed background music and the buzz of animated conversation.
The first entertainment was provided by dancers from the Chitraleka Dance Company. The girls were accomplished dancers and were extremely professional. Their performances were superb.
Then the food was served and with everyone having choice from a mouth-watering variety. The menu comprised alloo tikki, vegetable pakora, channa masala, chicken tikka masala, turka daal, mixed vegetable jalfrazi with paneer, lamb curry, tandoori naan, pilau rice and dahi raita. The general view was that both the quality and the quantity of the food were excellent. Many people took the opportunity to try a little of everything.
Entertainment continued with another dance display, this time a Bollywood solo by Aishani Ghosh. It was another very professional piece, delightfully delivered with expression and poise. After which, the guests had the opportunity to sample desserts of their choice and again the variety and quality of the food received very positive comments.
Six teams then entered the Sari tying competition. There were varying levels of competence but everyone showed great enthusiasm! After the judges had deliberated and cogitated “Oblivion” were declared the winners with “Team GCSEs” as runners-up. The PA thanks Mair Fashions for lending the saris and Mrs Mair for her expert demonstration of how easy it should have been! The family also generously donated colourful material for decorating the tables.
Throughout the evening Saffron, Shania and Pina generated more funds by applying beautiful henna designs.
There was a splendid raffle, which in itself generated over £300 in funds. Lucky winners, drawn from the bag by Miss Evans, won many prizes including vouchers for meals at Zizzis, Deolali and Piquant, champagne, Easter eggs, jewellery and chocolates.
The PA would particularly like to thank Miss Evans who helped in many different ways during the planning and executing of the evening and Ms Pallister who took photographs during the evening and organised April, Ursula, Isabelle and Changavy to help the caterers with serving and clearing food. Andy, the porter on duty for the evening, provided much assistance with the set-up and clear- up operations.
As always, various members of the PA gave generously of their time before, during and after the main event! KEHS Parents’ Association aims to raise money to provide ‘extras’ which enrich school life. Mumbai Dreamz attracted a capacity audience with ticket sales, bar revenue, raffle and henna sales all helping to generate a substantial profit which will benefit all our girls. We would like to thank everyone who supported the evening.
Mumbai Dreamz will be back in March 2014… Look out for the date…