Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: Press Briefing at Guildhall

On behalf of Hindu Council UK, I attended the press and stakeholders’ briefing at Guildhall for the forthcoming Pageant scheduled for 03 June 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It was a well-attended briefing, presided over by Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation. It would be of interest to the community that among the ten floating music barges, which will constitute the ‘headliners’ of the Pageant, there will be one put up by the Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and Dhol Ensemble showcasing the Indian-Scottish pipe band, playing popular and traditional Indian melodies.

Some of the popular melodies that will be played from the Indian barge (Music Herald Barge 5 on City Alpha) are:

• Hindolr Jule

• Dhoom

• Kar Jodi

• Isha Dilki

• Yeh Mera Man

• Om Mere

• Satsung ni Chandni

• Milli Milli

It will also showcase the following traditional tunes:

• SWamibapa Ave

• Swaminarayan Gadi

• Mussi Den

• The Barren Rocks of Aden

• Oh Suzanah

This unique spectacle, inspired by a rich history and tradition of entertainment and theatre on the Thames, will include up to 20,000 participants on the water and up to a million spectators on the river banks and public spaces. It will no doubt be a historic event and it is significant that the Indian community would be registering its presence in a significant way and much to the delight of a global audience spanning across continents to a mind-boggling estimated figure of over two billion. There could be no better way to register not only our presence but our integration and harmony with the mainstream life in this country.

For further details refer to:

Gautam Banerji
Honorary Secretary to the Board
Hindu Council UK