Music, dance, food and fun with New Zealand artistes

Venkat Raman

Venkat Raman

Auckland, November 21, 2020

Purchase tickets for Jalilo Gymkana (December 11) from Eventbrite

As New Zealanders wind down and prepare for the annual holiday season, an entrepreneur couple- a singer and producer- promise an evening of melody, dance, fun and food next month.

Called, ‘Jalilo Gymkana,’ the event will be held from 7 pm on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Fickling Convention Centre, located at 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings in Auckland.

Concept and Hosts

Jalilo (meaning fun or enjoyment) Gymkana (also spelt Gymkhana or Jimkana meaning a place for skills-based contests) at once denotes an environment of festivity, togetherness, unity, social cohesion and cultural promotion. As I remember, ‘Jalilo Jimkana’ was a popular song (composed by T Chalapathi Rao) and picturised on Padmini, E V Saroja and Thangavelu for ‘Amara Deepam’ (starring Shivaji and Savitri) a Tamil film released in 1956.

Organised by Rambutan Media Works New Zealand Limited, the Programme, conceptualised by Yugendran Vasudevan and his wife Hayma Malini Radakrishna, will be divided into four segments – Semi-Classical, Folk, Western and Freestyle, each hosted by local talents from the community.

The main hosts for all the segments are Amuthini Mohanraj, Aravindkumar Harinarayanan, Ashwini Swaminathan, Dinesh Ravi, Meenakshi Subramanian, Nithya Suresh and Sanchaya Soundararajan.

Singers and Segments

Among the singers would be Archana Ravi, Aswathy Sasidharan, Mathangi Parthasarathi and Shankar Ramanathan, while the dancers include Ambika Krishnamoorthy and the Wonder Girls team.

The First, Semi-Classical segment (hosted by Dinesh Ravi and Meenakshi Subramanian) will feature Aswathy Anand and Yugendran Vasudevan rendering melodious songs from various Tamil films.

Folk songs by Mathangi Parthasarathi and Yugendran will be the highlights of the Second Segment hosted by Aravindkumar Harinarayanan and Ashwini Swaminathan.

Amuthini Mohanraj and Sanchaya Soundararajan will host Third Segment devoted to Western music. Yugendran will be accompanied by Archana, Ambika Krishnamoorthy, Visashan Yugendran and Kishan Yugendran.

Yugendran said that the final, Fourth Segment will be Free Style, characterised by 15 minutes of unplugged music with Yugendran and Guitarist Prasanna Kumar and 15 minutes of 6/8 beat (Fast-paced songs) with all the singers of all the Segments.

Tickets from Eventbrite

“Jalilo Gymkana will also have games and a Lucky Draw. This event will be Live on YouTube and Facebook. Hayma Malini Radakrishna is the Executive Producer of the event for Rambutan Media Works New Zealand Limited, while Sivaraaj Krishnan is charge of production and Moksha Base will handle video production,” he said.

Indian Newslink and Num Tamil Radio are the media partners.

Tickets, priced at $60 (adult) $50 (child) per person and tables seating eight persons at $450 per table, can be purchased from

About Rambutan Media Works

Rambutan Media Works has been functioning as an accredited company in Singapore for the past eleven years and established its presence in Auckland two years ago as ‘Rambutan Media Works New Zealand Limited.’

Mr Yugendran said that the Company plans to produce films in New Zealand in collaboration with local production houses.

“Rambutan Media Works New Zealand is conducting this event to reach out to the wider Indian community living in New Zealand and Australia,” he said.

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