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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011


                                                                                         Many performers determined to go on despite odds

Japan’s tsunami-hit towns fight to sustain folk arts
OFUNATO, Japan, Aug 16, (RTRS):               been struggling to survive as the towns        ly important during Obon, a period in      members all survived, many lost fami-          Haruka Kariya, a 23-year-old mem-           Arts Association said the disaster has
The Urahama district of this northeast-       where they were based aged and young           August marked by Buddhist cere-            ly members and their homes.                 ber who fled the tsunami from the fish-        changed the way that young perform-
ern Japanese coastal city had for cen-        people left to seek work.                      monies to honour the ancestors. In         Costumes, the swords used in perform-       eries co-op where he worked, said he           ers, tasked to carry on the tradition,
turies marked religious ceremonies,             “There certainly will be some arts           Urahama, performances were staged in       ances, masks and musical instruments        will stay in Ofunato and continue              feel about their art.
and mourned their dead, with a dynam-         that are bound to disappear,” said             front of homes where a family member       were either lost or damaged after the       dancing to give hope to survivors.                “Young people up to now may have
ic sword dance by masked men,                 Shutaro Koiwa of Japan Folk                    had died the previous year. The mag-       tidal wave engulfed their storehouse.          “Under this situation in which              somewhat thought they were just danc-
accompanied by drums and flutes.              Performing Arts Association in Tokyo.          nitude 9 quake and massive tsunami            But at Obon, eight men, wearing the      everything was washed away, we are             ing and singing what they have
  But everything changed after the              Many performers are determined to            that struck the northeast coast on         usual stern masks and warrior-like out-     gathering together. We all know each           learned. But teachers and older people
March 11 tsunami tore into Japan’s            go on despite the steep odds, cherish-         March 11 left more than 20,400 dead        fits — donated or rented this year —        other for a long time, we have good            have been saying that now, they are
northeastern coast, sweeping away             ing their centuries-old traditions.            or missing and triggered the world’s       swung damaged swords and danced to          teamwork, and when we go around                trying to communicate from their
homes, performers and precious equip-           “In our area, it is a given,” said 65-       worst nuclear crisis in 25 years at        taiko drums and flutes in front of a        homes, our feeling for dancing has             heart,” he said.
ment in coastal areas, like Urahama,          year-old Chikara Furumizu of the               Fukushima, some 211 km south of            nursing home where more than 50 peo-        been stronger than last year,” said               It will take time to recover from the
that had long treasured their traditional     Urahama Nenbutsu Kenbai, a group of            Ofunato.                                   ple perished.                               Kariya, who lost his grandparents and          disaster and many things may never be
performing folk arts.                         men and children that performs the                                                           Amid the dynamic, whirling move-         his home.                                      the same. But that won’t stop the
                                              sword dance to mourn the deceased in                         Damaged                      ments of the dance, the men in their                                                       dancers.
                  Disaster                    Ofunato, a city some 450 km northeast            Little remained in the area around       20s and 30s each paused sombrely                            Changed                           “There are just too many victims.
  Now, people in many of the tightly-         of Tokyo.                                      Urahama, where more than 100 people        before a makeshift altar to mourn the         “Some people shed tears when they            We cannot rest,” Furumizu of the
knit coastal communities fear the dis-          “Without it, we would not know               were swept away, along with homes          dead, pinching a bit of incense ash         watch us dance and I hope that we can          Urahama Nenbutsu Kenbai said.
aster may prove to be the final blow for      what to do.”                                   and stores.                                from a box and bringing it to their fore-   help them, even if it’s just a little bit.”       “The most important thing is to look
some 100 troupes that had already               The dance had always been especial-            Though the roughly 40 dance group        head before returning it.                       Koiwa of Japan Folk Performing             forward.


GAC Kuwait organized an Iftar Party for its employees on the 15th of August at its premises. The day also coincided with the Indian Independence Day. The Iftar was followed by the cutting of the cake and singing of the Indian National
                                                                    Anthem by the significant number of Indian employees. This was followed by a sumptuous dinner.


          click                                                                                  This year’s FNO will be bigger and better                                                                                         including beginners to join their 24th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tournament dubbed as ‘Labatt David Des
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dicang-Ramadan Cup’ 1 until Aug 19,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2011 at the Kuwait Disabled Sports Club.
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                                              Fashion’s Night Out focuses on style celebs                                                                                                                                             Interested may register on every Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from 9 am until 1 pm at the Kuwait
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Disabled Club Gym located at the corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Ahmadi Road (Rd 40) and Bin
   For more information, kindly contact       NEW YORK, Aug 16, (AP): Fashion’s              collection and model Coco Rocha will           At Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship,        calendar at Lord & Taylor.                     Khaldoun, Hawally or contact Dr Chie
24317875, 97817100 or 66656642.               Night Out, the shopping initiative driv-       talk up the Karl Lagerfeld line at         shoppers can have their photo snapped          It’s not quite Naomi Campbell danc-         Umandap at 9719-7268 or Nelson Lacson
   The organizing committee which was         en by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna               Macy’s Herald Square. Georgina             with Stella McCartney models and have       ing in the streets — which she did last        at 60999203.
held at Kala Centre was welcomed by           Wintour, returns as a bigger event next        Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa        it loaded to Facebook, and Yigal Azrouel    year in front of Dolce & Gabbana —                          ❑      ❑        ❑
Literary wing secretary Manikantan while                                                     are among the judges of Bergdorf’s         is partnering with surf brand Sundeck to
Joint Secretary Vinod K. John rendered        month, extending to 250 U.S. cities. But                                                                                              but as FNO looks to become an annual           Referees coaching classes:
the vote of thanks.                           there seems to be a sharper focus on           best-in-show dog contest, and Lloyd        “surf” on simulators in the store.          appointment on the fall fashion calen-         Football Referees’ coaching classes for
                                              industry stars — including designers,          Boston gives you “seven ways to wear           The New York Jets Flight Crew           dar, there is a shift toward directing peo-    new recruits and refresher classes for
  Sept 2                                      red carpet experts, and makeup artists         it” at Lord & Taylor.                      Cheerleaders will be signing their 2012     ple to new merchandise and makeovers           active members will be conducted by the
                                              — instead of the Hollywood celebrities                                                                                                instead of jamming stores to get an            Indian Football Referees’ Association
Eid Al-Fitr Open House: Join us on                                                                                                                                                                                                 (IFRA) Kuwait from 29th July 2011 at the
Friday, Sept 2, 2011 to experience the        who grabbed headlines the past two                                                                                                    autograph but otherwise leave empty-
                                              years.                                                                                                                                handed.                                        Indian English Academy School, (Don
Islamic and Arab Culture and celebrate                                                                                                                                                                                             Bosco) Salmiya from 9:30 am onwards.
Eid Al-Fitr at the TIES Center! Eid Al-Fitr      The event aims to draw consumers                                                                                                                  Fundraiser                      New candidates desiring to qualify as
is a festival that marks the end of           into stores on one night during the all-                                                                                                                                             Football Referees are requested to contact
Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month of fast-      important fall retail season by making                                                                                                   The inaugural FNO was held in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                    as a way to restart sales after a disas-       Sarto 99774635, Francis 66858245,
ing. There will be activities for kids and    shopping an exciting, interactive experi-                                                                                                                                            Junifer 66235229 and John 66274017
adults – henna painting, door prizes, pony    ence with how-to sessions, music,                                                                                                     trous year, especially at the luxury           (Mangaf/Fahaheel/Ahmadi Area) for more
rider, bouncy castle, calligraphy and much    refreshments and glimpses of insider                                                                                                  stores the recession hit very hard.            information.
more.                                                                                                                                                                               ShopperTrak, an independent reporter
   For more information, call 25231015/6      glamour.                                                                                                                                                                                         ❑       ❑        ❑
                                                                                                                                                                                    of consumer traffic, estimates that night
or 97228860 or visit                       Retailers                                                                                                             saw a 50 percent jump in retail foot traf-     Kwt-Brits football supporters: A
                                                 This year’s FNO is Sept 8, with New                                                                                                fic.                                           new football supporters website for
  Sept 26                                                                                                                                                                                                                          British expats living and working in
                                              York still clearly its home base, but                                                                                                    There is also a designated fundraising      Kuwait has been set up by an Everton
AWARE Orientation: Over the past 8            many national retailers and mall opera-                                                                                               FNO collection, including a graphic T-
years, The AWARE Center has opened its                                                                                                                                                                                             supporter, Trevor Powell. The Kuwait
                                              tors joining in: For example, stylists                                                                                                shirt modeled on the website by Karlie         Brits Football Supporters Association
doors to many multicultural visitors to
Kuwait with the goal of enhancing under-      will be at select Nordstrom stores, and                                                                                               Kloss and photographed by Craig                (KBFSA) site aims to provide contact
standing, communications and promoting        Neiman Marcus has special events                                                                                                      McDean. Hundreds of stores will have           information for supporters of each others’
positive relations between Arabs and          planned at more than two dozen loca-                                                                                                  FNO items that send 40 percent of pro-         whereabouts and also in the future hopes
Westerners. To assist newcomers with          tions.                                                                                                                                ceeds to benefit The New York City             to organise social events such as quizzes
cross-cultural adjustments, we wish to           Don’t live in a big city?                                                                                                          AIDS Fund in the New York                      and even five-a-side matches on a home
inform you of a series of upcoming events                                                                                                                                                                                          international teams basis. We need expats
                                     is streaming footage of                                                                                                   Community Trust. Meanwhile, Barneys            to register their support and hence we can
designed for Western Expatriates:             its fashion gurus visiting stores, and                                                                                                New York announced it will donate 10
Ramadan Orientation, Eid Open House                                                                                                                                                                                                then start to cast around for a suitable
                                              QVC plans a live broadcast, including a                                                                                               percent of sales from its Fifth Avenue         meeting venue. The site can be accessed
Festival and our “Welcome to Kuwait”
Orientation for newcomers to Kuwait this      fashion show.                                                                                                                         store, as well as, to the          at
                                                                                             In this Sept 10, 2010 file photo, designer Jason Wu autographs a box at
August, September and October.                   The buzz, however, will likely still        Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion’s Night Out during Fashion Week in New                 National September 11 Memorial and                          ❑        ❑       ❑
   These orientations are free of charge      come from Manhattan, where Michael             York. The shopping initiative driven by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour,            Museum.                                        IBL commences registration:
and provide an opportunity for newly          Kors plans to stand in the window at           returns as a bigger event next month, extending to 250 US cities, but there               Additions and changes to this year’s        Indian Bowling League (IBL) – Kuwait.
arriving Western guests to learn more         Bergdorf Goodman, Rachel Zoe will              seems to be a sharper focus on industry stars — including designers, red car-          schedule are likely up until the night of      Team registration begins for season 2.
about the programs on offer at AWARE.         visit Bloomingdale’s to debut her new          pet experts and makeup artists — instead of the Hollywood celebrities who              the event.                                     Kindly email for reg-
Our staff will be available to answer fur-                                                                    grabbed headlines the past two years. (AP)                                                                           istration forms or contact 99503348 after
ther questions related to life in Kuwait.                                                                                                                                                                                          6 pm only.
   If you are a new to Kuwait, we wel-
come your participation at the AWARE                                                                                                                                                                                                            ❑       ❑       ❑
Orientation for Newcomers. Registration          Regarding Fancy Dress Competition,                                                                                                 Venugopal and Ms. Sangeetha Prabhu             Kuwait netball games: The Kuwait
is now open. Please select only one date      the theme will remain ‘Gandhi and his                                                                                                 and Vodafone Comedy Show by                    Netball Association games are played on
to participate:                               various aspects of life’ such as father of                                                                                            Nariyapuram Venugopal and team, dance          Tuesday evenings between 7:00 pm and
   Monday, Sept 26; Thursday, Sept 29;        nation, Gandhi as Barrister in South                                                                                                  performances by professional artists and       8:30 pm. To register or for more informa-
Monday, Oct 3; Thursday, Oct 6. Time:         Africa, Gandhi with Nehru, Gandhi with                                                                                                talented school going children in Kuwait.      tion email:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Venue: AWARE              Kasturaba, Gandhi’s Dandi march etc. etc.                                                                                             All residents of Pathanamthitta District       New players are always welcome.
Center. Dinner buffet is included with our       As you are aware, AIP is a non-profit,                                                                                             and persons of Pathanamthitta District ori-                ❑       ❑        ❑
program. Seating is limited/RSVP to           non-political & non-governmental organi-                                                                                              gin are hereby invited to attend this func-                             zation in Kuwait engaged in service of the                                                                                            tion friends and families.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   FAST Shoot: Filipino Action Shooting
   For our Ramadan packet of tips and         Indian community through many ways.                                                                                                                                                  Team (FAST) officials, with the support
information, visit us at AWARE or send        Proposed program will highlight to the                                                                                                                                               of Gen. Ahmed Al Saleem would like to
an email request to         students and audience about the impor-                                                                                                                       Sports                  invite everyone to their Fun Shoot every
                                              tance of non-violence and the values the                                                                                                                                             Tuesday from 17:00-21:00 hours. For
  Oct 1
                                                                                                                                                                                    BAS Air Rifle Target Shooting: The             details contact: Butch Alinea 99816563,
                                              father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi                                                                                                  British Academy of Sport under the
                                              lived for.                                                                                                                                                                           Danny San Juan 99540595 Carlos
AIP to mark Gandhi Jayanti:                                                                                                                                                         patronage of H.E. The British Ambassador       Gutierrez 97270371 and FAST Adviser
Association of Indian Professionals (AIP),       All Indians are kindly invited to attend.                                                                                          is pleased to offer yet another new activity
                                              Prior confirmation of attendance will help                                                                                                                                           Manny Cornelio 66737298.
Kuwait is pleased to announce that a col-                                                                                                                                           in the 2011 community sports programme.
orful function will be organized on Oct 1,    us to make suitable arrangements accord-                                                                                              Air Rifle target shooting takes place in a
2011(Saturday) to celebrate Gandhi            ingly.
                                                                                                                                                                                    safe, supervised environment at the                                Courses
Jayanti at the auditorium of the Indian          For further details contact General         Fred (left) is a social five-year-old Golden Retriever male. Fred loves playing
                                              Secretary Mr. Umesh Sharma on                  chase with other dogs. He’s very responsive and ever-ready to retrieve his
                                                                                                                                                                                    Hunting and Equestrian Centre target           DASA 2011-12 admissions open:
Community School, Salmiya. Program                                                                                                                                                  shooting range with specialist tuition from    Admissions are open for Persons of Indian
will comprise of an interactive debate on     97286800 / 25644301 or through                 favourite toy in exchange of his favourite treat. Fred will do great in a family
                                                                                                                                                    Coach Howard Banks. This course is             Origin (PIOs) / Non-Resident Indians
“Is Satyagrah (civil disobedience) the                                                       with older children. Nonar (right), is a six-month-old Domestic Short Haired           offered to anyone aged 15 years and            (NRIs)/ Foreign Nationals under Direct
right tool to fight corruption in modern                                                     (DSH) male cat. Nonar is a friendly little boy who loves to play, gets along           above, from beginner to experienced par-       Admission of Students Abroad (DASA)
times” and fancy dress competition. All         Oct 28                                       great with other cats and likes a good cuddle. Nonar will be a great addition to       ticipants. For further information contact     Scheme of Admission for B.Tech pro-
student participants shall be from the        PDA’s Onam celebrations: The                   a family with children over five. To adopt Fred and Nonar contact K’S PATH at          Coach Howard on 65788817.                      grammes in NITs, IIITs and centrally
Indian Schools in Kuwait.                     Executive Committee of Pathanamthitta                        (+965) 6700 1622 or visit the website
   For Interactive Debate, each school will                                                                                                                                                      ❑        ❑       ❑                funded Institutions coordinated by
                                              District Association (PDA) has decided to                                                                                                                                            National Institute of Technology,
prepare two students — one to speak in        hold 2011 Onam Festival celebrations on                                                                                               Filipino Badminton Tournament:                 Surathkal, Karnataka for the Academic
favor and other against. Rules applying on    Friday Oct 28, 2011 with a grand public        Constituency, Shri Anto Antony and other   include mega-cultural programmes            The Filipino Badminton Committee               Year 2011-12.
the competition and debate will be            function attended by Member of                 prominent dignitaries from Kerala and      including Orchestra by well-known           (FBC) in partnership with Fil-Aseak is
informed in due course.                       Parliament from Pathanamthitta Loksabha        Kuwait. The Onam celebrations will also    Malayalam Cine Playback singers, G.         inviting all the badminton enthusiasts                   Continued on Page 29

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