The 2019 annual cultural celebrations gave exposure to the community members to new vistas and further fostered the multicultural environment present within Devon and Cornwall. The cultural event staged 14 performances highlighting a wide variety of themes from south Asia. The event was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayoress, Councillor Chris Penberthy, MP’s (Sir Gary Streeter, Luke Pollard, Rebecca Smith), police and crime commissioner of Devon and Cornwall (Alison Hernandez).
The Festival which showcases Plymouth’s diversity and enables different communities to come together and promote the intrinsic message of respect and equality for all. Organised by the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council, the one-day event includes parades through the city centre, live music, dancing, children’s activities, world food, information stands and much more! Since humble beginnings in 1998, Plymouth RESPECT Festival has continued to grow and develop each year. Similar to previous years SAaS participated with much fanfare and was a very successful event. There were a number of performances from the South Asian Community as part of the programme. We would like to thank PDREC once more for the initiative and their support. Please view the gallery for some images from the event.
The South Asian Society of Devon and Cornwall, which was co-formed by international students and staff from the University, has been highly commended in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Team Award at the Devon and Cornwall Police Volunteer Awards 2019. The Society looks to enhance awareness of South Asian culture through a variety of activities to promote racial unity and was recognised for its significant and sustained contribution to community wellbeing. The trustees (current and previous), as a team, are privileged to act as volunteers to promote and contribute to the objectives of the society. These include organisations of various cultural, educational, sporting and charitable activities throughout the year. This also entails linking with other organisations and stakeholders in the region.
The Annual General Meeting 2019 was successfully convened on the 2nd of June 2019 and was attended by the trustees but Jayanti Bhai (who was unwell) and a large number of members. We had a number of cultural performances followed by the meeting and refreshments. We thank all the participants for their contributions and participation. All existing trustees to continue for another year.
A special tribute was arranged for Mrs Anjana Bhagwanji. In Anjanaben’s departure, we have lost a generous, hospitable, hardworking and kind-hearted member. We pray for the peace of the departed soul.
New Associate Trustees
Dr Satish BK
Mr Abhijeet Ghatghe
Dr Smita Tripathi
25 July 1951 - 05 January 2019
It is with great sadness, we have to inform you that Mrs Anjanaben Bhagwanji, a founding member of South Asian Society (SAaS) passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, 5th January 2019 at her residence in Plymouth.
Those who have been associated with SAaS would know that Anjanaben worked, passionately, tirelessly and selflessly for the progress of the society since its establishment in 2003. She not only assisted her husband, Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji (affectionately known as Jayantibhai) performing his duties as trustee and long-time treasurer of the society but also contributed to the society in many ways including catering, organising many successful events (including AGMs and Annual Diwali-Eid events). She also donated generously to all the charitable activities SAaS undertook.
As its founding member, Anjanaben also very actively worked for the Plymouth Hindu Community. She also assisted Jayantibhai to organise many events for Masonic (Freemason) Victory Lodge No 4189.
By Anjanaben’s departure, we have lost a generous, hospitable, hardworking and kind hearted personality. We pray for the peace of the departed soul. May God give enough strength to bear this loss to Jayantibhai, his son and daughter-in-law, Vimal and Suzanne; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Manish, the grandchildren and a very big family besides large number of friends. The wider society will greatly miss Anjanaben.
As another holiday season approaches, we send our warmest wishes to you and your family. May you find the true spirit of the season and may it fill your heart with joy. Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Wishing you laughter, contentment, joy and peace in 2019 and always.
On behalf of the SAaS Trustees, we extend our sincere thanks to all those who attended and participated in the annual cultural event this year. Our sincere thanks to all the participants who worked extremely hard despite their usual day to day commitments to make the evening enjoyable and memorable for all. We had over 220 guests who joined us for the celebrations this year. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our special thanks to the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (PDREC) and the Diverse Communities Team of the Devon and Cornwall Police force for their support towards this event.
We have now uploaded some images from the event on our website (gallery section) as we have not received any objections by 30th November 2018. We informed all participants and guests through the joining instructions and through signs during the event. If at any point you want us to withdraw any of your image/s, please let us know and we will remove it from our website and delete it from our archives.
We are delighted to inform our members and the local community about our consolidated efforts to raise over £1000 pounds in support of our local charity, St Lukes Hospice. St Luke’s Hospice is the local hospice for Plymouth. They care for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness. They care for patients through their in-patient unit, out-patient clinics, and day care unit, as well as in patients own homes through their community and home care teams.
We are very grateful to all our members to make this possible due to our collective efforts as a community and continued generosity. Our special thanks to Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji for contributing substantially towards the final amount.
St Lukes Hospice Community Fundraiser Wayne Marshall said, “It was a real pleasure to meet Professor Jha and members of the South Asian Society at our Turnchapel hospice today. Their support and this generous donation really means a lot to us, our patients and their families. On behalf of St Luke’s I would like to say a big thank you from all of us”.
Dear SAaS Members
1 The newly elected trustees met on 11th July 2017 and unanimously elected the new office bearers of the Society as follows.
Prof Awadhesh Jha – Chairperson
Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee – Secretary
Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji & Dr Bharat Shrestha – Treasurers
2 Following the recommendations made during the AGM, It was decided that membership fees will be included in the Annual Function ticket price similar to last year
3- The annual Function has been fixed for 11th of November 2017.
4- Details of Venue and Tickets for the function will be available soon.
5- To participate in the cultural Program please liaise with the cultural committee comprising of Girish, Mahrukh, Arunima and Achin.
We are seeking participation from everyone.
Thanks very much
Prof Awadhesh Jha
South Asian Society
Indian dance instructor Vibha tells us how a Bharathanatyam workshop in Plymouth connects members of the South Asian community and allows them to explore their heritage.