HSBC holds Deepavali celebration for clients

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Manggis Ballroom at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall was bathed in the light of hundreds of candles on Wednesday to capture the spirit of Deepavali as HSBC celebrated some 300 of its customers from the sultanate's Indian population.

Hosted by the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Brunei, Tareq Muhmood, the event was graced by India's High Commisioner to Brunei, His Excellency Riewad V Warjri, who was accompanied by his wife, Dr Beatrice.

The bank's senior management and staff, women in colourful saris and shalwar kameez and the men in kurta over their shalwar, were seen welcoming the guests.

Also spotted at the event were President of the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Indian Association, Dr Pandera Sankran Sugathan, and his wife Dr Celine.

The evening began with the lighting of the candles around the beautifully crafted kolam, a flower decoration made from rice dyed in different colours.

This ritual signifies the visctory of good over evil or the uplifting of darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

This was followed by a speech from Tareq before the start of the evening's entertainment. The highlight of the evening were perhaps the cultural dances and songs performed by members as well as the children of members of the BSB Indian Association.

Nine-year-old Praya Kamat, dressed in rich blue and gold, captivated the guests with her graceful movements during her solo dance performance.

There was also a lucky draw offering guests the chance to win the latest electronic gadgets. One of the winners was the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei, who walked away with a 21-inch television set.

Tareq also presented a token of appreciation to the guest of honour before inviting the guests to enjoy the buffet spread comprising of the most popular Indian delicacies. Guests were also presented with door gifts from Inner Space.

The Brunei Times