By Suresh Bodiwala
CHICAGO: Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.
Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day that honors and motherhood.
But the Hari Om Mandir on Medinah Road in Medinah in Illinois celebrated this Father’s Day in a novel way by calling it “ Father’s Day Family Fun Friday’ as the day happened to be Friday.
Interestingly, seniors group of the Temple had planned this event. They worked tirelessly for days to organize this program. The participants came prepared with their best item to regale everyone in the audience.
The entire evening program was very well planned and it started with sumptuous dinner. Truly a fun-filled evening, it offered lots of music, jokes and entertainment for everyone.
Ayodhiaji Salwan, Chairman of the Temple, wished all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day. He then requested MC Vadheraji to take over the program. Vadheraji started in his own style, full of humor and intelligent statements.
The program started with Guru Vandana by Pt. Yogesh Pandya and Dinesh Kumar. Then came the song ‘Jo Vada Kiya Hai Who Nibhana Padega’ performed in a melodious voice by Veena Katarya. It followed by a song in fine tune by Malti Sharma singing “Jabse Hui Hai Shadi Afatmen Pad Gaya Hun’.
Arun Chaddha presented his own poems, including one depicting arguments between a grandmother and granddaughter highlighting generational difference.
This was followed by a duet song ‘Jane Man Jane Man Tere Do Nayan’ by Deepak and Mona Sharma.
There were jokes galore by Anita Rawal. Madhu Salwan presented a ghazal followed by another song by Hardev Raj, Hame Uske Sanam…’ followed by another old famous song, ‘Mera juta hai Japani…’ by Subhash Oza. Satish Patel presented a famous song, ‘Aana Pal Jane Wala Hai’.
Nish Oza sang a beautiful song, Tan Dole Mera Man Dole’ which made such an impact that Surinder Vaid presented the same on his Flute making it pleasant.
Gobind Ram Dhingra sang a forceful song, ‘Vo Din Door Nahin Balma”. Ram Verma presented light program of Share-a- Shiry and made audience zoom. Flute specialist Surinder Vaid sang a song on Flute in beautiful manner. Ramesh Malhan sang a forceful Punjabi Song.
Sukarn Atwal also sang a forceful Punjabi song. Poonam Jha on this occasion presented an emotional song in memory of her Father which was really touching and full of emotions. Uma Nath presented breathtaking Dance,’Tu Hai Mera Prem Devta’ in a style worth appreciating by all.
Dr. Dhingra presented a health talk referring to Heart and Brain. Srivastav sang a romantic song, ‘Jabse Tere Naynon Mere Naynose Mile’. Vimal Sharma delighted the audience with passionate Ghazals.
Ayodhiaji Salwan presented Sacchi Batein in his own entertaining style.
The last item was really a fantastic item presented by Om and Kanan Dhingra and their team. This was nothing but Qawwali. Kudos to the Team. The team consisted of Om and Kanan Dhingra as team leader and Vipin Wadera, Sangeeta Wadera, Ayodhia Salwan, Prem Salwan, Satish Chander, Mira Chander, Nirmal Bagga and Sneh Chaudhary.
Krishan Tejpal, Chairman of Seniors Group, thanked everybody for making it a success.