Indian TV stars rock Riyadh
A group of artistes from the South Indian Vijay TV made a splendid performance among a Tamil-speaking audience in Riyadh on Thursday.
The first-ever Tamil entertainment program conducted by the Proeye in association with the General Entertainment Authority(GEA) drew applause and ovation from the packed audience at the auditorium of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the capital.
The event is co-organized by Mian Khan and Sikkandar Shariff.
Speaking to Riyadh Daily, Shariff said the event has been organized in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Elseef Hall and Track Auditorium on Thursday Friday and Saturday respectively.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim and Indian Embassy First Secretary Venketeshwaran Narayanan were the guests -of –honor at the show, while Noshin Ahmed Wasim consultant of operations at the GEA was a special guest at the event.
From left : Meeyan Khan-co-organizer, Mazen Al-Kodamani , general manager of the Proeye, Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim and Co-organizer , Sikkandar Shariff are seen on the dais
The popular Indian star Radha Ravi who was to participate in the show did not show up for the event due to a flight delay. However, Shariff said that Ravi will perform at the subsequent shows in Dammam and Jeddah.
The participating Indian artistes include, Dinesh, Vigneshsiva, Towfiq, Vadivel Balaji, Faizal, Jacquiline Lydia, Thivakar and Minhaj Mohamed .
Addressing the enthusiastic audience, Ambassador Azmi Thassim that it is encouraging to note that a Tamil entertainment program with a troupe of Tamil artistes is being held in the Kingdom for the first time.
From right : Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim. Sikkandar Shariff and Indian Embassy First Secretary Venketeshwaran Narayanan.
He pointed out that Tamil is a language not only spoken in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu but also in countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia.
Congratulating the organizers for their maiden effort to entertain the Tamil audience in the Kingdom, Narayanan said the program was a feast for the Tamil speaking expatriates in the Kingdom who prefer an outdoor entertainment live show with the popular artistes from their own country.
Wasim from the GEA also thanked the community members for their participation. Mazen Al-Kodamani , general manager of the Proeye was also present at the event.