BY SHAVETA JAIN
Photos by Hakim’s Studio
GA,, Oct 2012: Nelaam Ghar is a popular TV show that many of us have grown up
watching. Aslam Parvez, an involved community member and resident of
Atlanta decided to bring this show live to the Indo-Pak community of
Atlanta. Under the banner of Tamseel USA Productions, Parvez along with
some like-minded community members launched Nelaam Ghar in March this
Nelaam Ghar is a fun filled family entertainment show.
It is one of a kind show that keeps its audience involved by having
several sections of questions/answers from worldwide general knowledge.
It pays close attention to its audience entertainment too and thus
brings several performances by local artists and professional groups.
It has also become a popular platform for young and talented artisst
from the desi community to come and showcase their talent and win
prizes. This show envisions to overcome the difference in native
national boundaries, religious beliefs and language barriers, and bring
the Indo-Pak community under one roof to laugh, enjoy, mingle and not
only make good memories for themselves but leave an example for our
upcoming generation to see people beyond their political boundaries.
Ghar’s recent show was held on September 8th, 2012 at Berkmar High
School, Lilburn, GA. The show attracted about 400 involved audiences
from all ages, including Subash Razdaan, Founding Chairman of the
Gandhi Foundation of USA, Apurva Shrivastva, flute plater, Kumud Savla,
Director, Nritya Natya Kala Bharti and Qadeer Siddiqi, president of the
Pakistani American Cultural Association of Atlanta.
started out with a slide presentation of song the “Aman ki Asha”. This
song depicts a vision of having political peace among India and
Pakistan. The hall was soon filled with applause as
host/director/producer Aslam Parvez walked on stage with co-host
Shaveta Jain, Mrs. India International 2012. The show started with a
round of Questions and answers. Nelaam Ghar team members Ayesha Rehmaan
and Kashian Syed were eagerly approaching the audiences to capture the
right answer. The winner was awarded with a prize on the spot. Each
questions and answer session had one question reserved for a grand
prize.The Grand Prizes for each section ranged from DVD player to Home
Theatre to Digital Cameras.
Nelaam Ghar , once again had their
most popular kids segment of questions and answers. Age appropriate
questions were asked to the kids and only the kids were allowed to
answer those questions. Kids all ages were raising their hands all over
the auditorium to answer some of the popular questions and win prizes.
Ghar pays close attention to bringing new and exciting items to their
show and this times’ new item was “Antakshri with a Twist”. This
section was very well conducted by Sadaf Farooqi and Shahid Ali. They
carried a basket of slips with a word written on
each slip all
around the hall. The audience picked up the slip and had to sing a
song, making sure that the word fits in the first two lines of the
song. The prizes were given out to each antakshri singer. The public
loved this new addition and were bursting in laughter when people were
making up songs to fit the word on the slip in the song. Hilarious!!!!
show was also filled with live entertainment program including
bollywood songs by Apiksha Parikh, musical instrumental and singing
performance by siblings Naveen Gregory and Neha Gregory , another
musical instrumental performance by Master Pasha, Urdu poetry
recitation by Maha Faroqui accompanied by her chorus group including
Arshaaq ,Rumaisa, an innovative and funny mimicry by Renu Thapiyal.
Besides providing a platform to young and amateur artists, Nelaam Ghar
also had several professional groups join the show. Sanam Studios, a
professional dance group, performed various dances included folk style
dances, belly dancing and performances on famous Bollywood songs. Their
performance on popular folk song “mod tod”was applauded very well by
the audiences. Shiraz Sikandar’s interactive session of singing with
audience was enjoyed a lot by the audiences. And not to miss singer
Faisal who set the stage on fire towards the end of the show and Dj-ed
the show live by his foot tapping mixed song performances from Bhangra
to popular Bollywood songs.
Nelaam Ghar just like always had a GRAND
PRIZE for their show and this time it was 32 inch Flat Screen LCD TV By
Toshiba, sponsored by Naan and Curry. And it wasn’t so easy to win this
grand prize. Some real tough questions were reserved for this round. We
Only one gentleman from the audience who knew the answer to one of
these questions, but very soon he admitted that he had googled up the
answer using his smart phone and thus denied to take accept the grand
The entire show lasted for about four hours of complete
fun and had an interval after the first two hours. Bamboo Garden and
Tadka restaurants had food stalls outside the auditorium and provided
delicious Indian Chinese food at very nominal rates.
two successful shows in March and in May this year, Nelaam Ghar’s
September show was once again a big hit among the desi community.