August 15, 2012 marked another milestone for Kripa Foundation, as we celebrated our 31st anniversary by hosting an aptly titled entertainment show, ‘31 years with Friends of Kripa’ at St. Andrew’s Auditorium in Bandra (West), Mumbai.
The event began at 7.30pm and featured various performances that kept guests enthralled through the evening. Budding talent Tara rendered Whitney Houston’s popular song “I’ll always love you’. Darren Das lent his voice to other renditions, captivating the discerning audience. A major highlight was a professional and unique dance performed by the renowned Shiamak Davar Dance Troupe from the Victory Arts Foundation. Kids from Kripa Dharavi also entertained guests with well choreographed dances. These children were trained by Davar as part of Kripa’s community outreach and social responsibility activities. This exquisite dance set the mood for the rest of the evening. Marie Paul and Edward Mendis sang a duet while the ‘Raagatrippin’ band performed the Acapella, which was well liked by our audience. Suzanne D’Mello’s songs added further glitz to the already star laden evening.
The show’s producer, Felix Flor, sang a Spanish song while Siddarth Meghani brought to life, memories of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. Dr. Dilip Nadkarni revived the warmth of our city, Mumbai, through his lively Hindi song, Mumbai Meri Jaan.
Fr. Joe sang a special song, ‘The Impossible Dream’. He spoke about the various aspects of Kripa Foundation, including its mission, vision, goals and achievements. In his speech, Fr. Joe profusely thanked the support extended by organizations and individuals for aiding Kripa Foundation and the guests of honor for the evening, which included Mrs. Joy Pereira, Mr. Julio Ribeiro, Mr. D Sivanandan, Dr. Francis Pinto, Mr. Sanjeev Noronha, Mr. Ajay Lakhanpal, Mr. Geoffrey Nagpal, Mr. Joachim Reeves and prominent personalities which included Trustee Mr. Yazdi Desai. As a token of gratitude a memento was given to each of them.
Kripa Foundation released a special souvenir to mark its 31st anniversary, which coincided with the 65th Independence Day of India and the Feast of Assumption of Our Lady, Mother Mary. Artistes and the Kripa family assisted wholeheartedly in organizing and conducting the event, which will be well remembered by the audience.