Arasan Trust, an organisation working with communities, government agencies and other organisations to strengthen the wellbeing of ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand sent us reports on two recent events.
1.Clashing for Togetherness.
Arasan and Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club.’ Whangaparaoa.
The September 30th tournament held at Stanmore Bay Park Whangaparaoa, sent an important message across the communities in the vicinity. It was more than the news about the scores and winners.
‘Through the fusion of sports and social aspects, they aim to raise awareness of physical and mental health within the South Asian communities in New Zealand,’ Dr. Lux Selvanesan,Chairman, mentions in his communication to us. ‘This event is not just about cricket; it’s a celebration of diversity, culture, and community spirit,’ the communique further adds.
Following the cricket match, community volunteers planned an evening of community cultural gathering with various activities like games for kids, music, and community city BBQ.
‘This collaboration with Arasan NZ trust to promote communities’ connection is another positive initiative said Ramesh Lakmal, lead organiser and Club Manager at Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club.’
2.Wellington Taken by Storm
A Two-hour Experience That Crossed the Borders and Languages.
It was on the 28th of October, 2023, the vibrant Indian band, Mokshabase, brought their sensational talents in a musical event to the heart of Wellington, in collaboration with the Arasan NZ Trust .
Moksha Base, known for its fusion of diverse musical traditions with the artists hailing from various states of India and South Asian origins, scattered across New Zealand in cities like Hamilton, Auckland, and Dunedin.
The event was supported by various non-profit organisations in Wellington, including the The India Sanmarga Sangam, Wellington Muthamizh Sangam, Wellington Tamil Society, Wellington Malayalee Association, and Upper Hutt Multicultural Council.
The concert was nothing short of spectacular. Attendees were spellbound by the professionalism and exuberance displayed by the performers from the very beginning. The passion and dedication of these young musicians were palpable throughout the show, as they flawlessly executed a diverse repertoire of songs in languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi.
Dr. Lux Selvanesan, Abhishek Raj, Shankar Ramanathan and Siva Kumar Were the lead coordinators for the event.