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Ankita Pandey Vallikappen
Friday, Jul 25, 2014

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Come together and celebrate at Integration Night 2014

tabla! | Ankita Pandey Vallikappen | Friday, Jul 25, 2014

The guests at the Integration Night 2013 held at the Singapore Island Country Club on 30 July 2013. The event is hosted by Tamil Murasu and tabla! newspapers and presented by global financial services firm UBS. Nearly 400 guests attended the dinner.

SINGAPORE - Come July 30 golf enthusiasts in the city will make their way to the greens of Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) to take part in the Integration Cup golf tournament organised by tabla! and Tamil Murasu and presented by UBS.

Following the tough day on the greens of the New Course at SICC, the golfers and their partners will join guests and dignitaries for the Integration Night 2014, an evening of fun, food and entertainment. The night's festivities will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the SICC.

The Integration Cup and Integration Night are annual features and were launched in 2012 with the aim of bringing together the Indian and other Singaporean communities. The tournament and the evening event are open to all.

Non-golfers have the option of joining just the evening event. Last year, more than 400 guests were present for the Integration Night.

The highlights of the evening will, of course, be the cultural performances and the auction, with some coveted items going under the hammer. Among the items for auction will be a crystal statue of Goddess Lakshmi. The beautiful piece is sponsored by Lalique. Other auction items include carpets from Eastern Carpets, a bottle of Glenlivet XXV from Pernod Ricard and a Claude Bernard watch from Crystal Time. The money raised from the auction will be presented to the Singapore Indian Education Trust, for its various programmes to help needy Indian students in Singapore.

There will be a Bollywood dance performance by the group Malaysian Punjabi Bhangra from Malaysia. Brothers Krsna Tan, on the sitar, and Govin Tan, on the tabla, better known as Flame of the Forest, will make a special presentation for guests at the event.

The Chinese Singaporean brothers are masters of the Indian musical instruments. Both were the first non-Indians to win the National Indian Music Competition organised by the National Arts Council in their respective categories.

Krsna has been playing the sitar since he was five while Govin started learning the tabla from the age of 12. The brothers, known for their versatility and eclectic range, were trained in the Indian instruments under the guidance of their father Tan Thiam Teck, who was a student of the late sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

The emcee for the evening will be K.P. Sandhu, popularly known around Singapore as K.P. and loved for his comic timing and keeping the audience engaged. K.P. is a bundle of energy on stage and has done shows around the world.

In between all the entertainment, there are lots of prizes to be won in the lucky draw section. The prizes include hotel stays by the Park Hotel Group, Wilson golf equipment and Mizuno golf accessories by Royal Sporting House, Braun beauty products and Chivas Regal whisky by Pernod Ricard.

So hurry and book your seats for the Integration Night and celebrate a night of togetherness with people from all walks of life.

ankitav@sph.com.sg


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