Mumbai Zonta clubs celebrate the centennial anniversary at festive, music-filled event

The Zonta clubs of Bombay I Bombay III in India, District 25, celebrated Zonta’s 100th birthday with the event, “Zonta Centennial Melody Night,” on 2 November at Jai Hind College Auditorium in Mumbai.

The evening was attended by Zonta International Centennial Committee Member Hsin Hsin Yang of Taiwan, her husband, Gan-dih King, and Shu-Ian Chiu and Yen-ju Chao of Zonta clubs in Taiwan. Zonta District 25 Area 2 Vice-Director Zareen Delawar Hussain, representing Bangladesh and Nepal, also attended.

It was an evening filled with Western & Bollywood songs by Hijackers Orchestra and dances ranging from Indian folk Dances to modern steps. The dance performers were students of Lady Engineer High School and Girton High School, teachers of Feel the Dance Academy, and crew of Monarch Entertainers, choreographed by Zonta member Monica Raheja.

The dances conveyed Zonta’s commitment to saying “No” to violence and women empowerment. There was also a blindfolded solo Indian dance. Guest Artist Delzad Doctor presented a fusion dance with Kathak by co-dancer Pooja.

Governor-Elect Errick Elavia welcomed and introduced honored guests and presented special mementos to them. Jam-e-Jamshed and Parsiana were recognized for their 30 years media partnership to project Zonta’s service and advocacy to their readers in India and abroad.  

Firuza Sena, Zonta District 25 Area 1 Vice-Director representing India and Sri Lanka, introduced service partners of the Zonta Club of Bombay III. The club’s Centennial Community Award went to SNEHA, received by Director Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla, and Save the Children India, received by Director Jyoti Nale. Doctor was also celebrated with a memento.

Length of Membership Awards were presented to Gulshan Patel (30 years), Freny Paghdiwala (40 years), Havovi Dotivala (47 years) and Tanaz Tarapore (56 years).

Hsin Hsin Yang was appreciative of Mumbai Zontians’ commitment to Zonta’s goals. She had gifts for both Zonta clubs and all Zontians of Bombay. 

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