Students Organise Culture and Dance Extravaganza to Raise Money for The Disadvantaged

Students from the Taylor’s College Indian Cultural Society recently organised the Thaandava Medai Indian Dance Festival 2015, an inter-college dance competition, to great success. The breath-taking night of culture and fun was held to raise funds in support of a home for the disadvantaged, as well as needy schoolchildren.

The Thaandava Medai Indian Dance Festival 2015 finals, which took place a week ago, featured an exciting array of dance styles and performers from various colleges and universities as well as celebrity guests. The RM5,000 raised through ticket sales will go towards the Kirtash Home in Rawang, a home for the disabled and underprivileged and also SJK(T) Bukit Jalil to help build a reading hut for the children.

Teacher Advisor Balachandran Palaniandy said, “The Indian Dance Festival 2015 saw the students committing to making the competition bigger and better than anything that they have done. The students were equally excited to showcase the great talents among their peers through various dance styles, and at the same time, create awareness among the youth on the importance of social responsibility.”

The exciting event saw the attendance of two of Malaysia’s leading Indian celebrities - C. Kumaresan, an actor as well as director of local TV series Gerak Khas and Denes Kumar, a director and well-known Astro Channel host.

The Thaandava Medai Indian Dance Festival 2015 inter-college dance competition saw the participation of colleges and universities around Malaysia, including teams from the Management & Science University Malaysia (MSU), the Multimedia University Malacca (MMU) and Brickfields Asia College (BAC). Auditions for the dance competition kicked off on 22 August 2015 with the competing groups performing various styles, from classical to hip-hop.

Six teams were then chosen to represent their college or university at the finals, where they shone and dazzled the audience. A panel of judges including Ravin Ti-Amo from Ti-Amo Dance Group; Aghonderan Sahadevan, a media celebrity and Dharshaini Easparan, a performing artiste, offered constructive feedback and advice for the performers.

The final results saw Double D of the Multimedia University Malacca (MMU) emerge champions, while the runner-up was Diamond Wings of the Management & Science University Malaysia (MSU) and Soulamatez of Oasis College was the 2nd runner-up. The champions received a cash prize of RM2,000 followed by RM1,000 and RM750 for the runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively.

The main aim of this project is to provide a platform for young talents to shine and improve their skills in the dancing arena, as well as to be an exemplary platform to empower the youth to make a difference in society and hone valuable skills in organising events.

Student Organising Chairperson Paruvintha Raj said the event was a great learning platform which was also fun. “Having the opportunity to organise such activities is an excellent way for us to build confidence and put into practice the skills that we’ve learned in college. We also feel happy and proud to know that we’ve done something to help the disadvantaged, and this further motivates us to plan more events such as this to help our fellow Malaysians.”

Commenting on the project, Stella Lau, Chief Operating Officer of Taylor’s College said it was a very good opportunity for the students to give back to society and increase their awareness that there are many disadvantaged members of society that need help. “Taylor's College is always in support of students putting into practice the learning, leadership and life skills that they learn in college, in order to achieve something meaningful that can give back to society while allowing them to hone their skills in a real-world scenario.”

“Throughout the two months, the students learnt to deal with different people from different colleges and to manage and delegate the available tasks. The committee members got to know each other better and made new friends from the other institutions. In addition, some of the participants who took part in the competition were honoured to be a part of the event and were very glad to be able to help the disadvantaged. It was a great motivation to them to continue doing what they love, which is dancing, and at the same time do something meaningful for society,” she added.