Packed house, sizzling performances mark Chicago’s finest NYE Gala

Rolling Meadows, IL: Inclement Weather and hazardous driving conditions did little to dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of a packed house at the Meadows Club NYE Gala, Dance Masti here on December 31st. The Gala sizzled with some well choreographed performances by visiting celebs Jay Bhanushali, the effervescent host of Zee TVs Dance India Dance and the lovely Mahhi Vij, an actress and winner of Star TVs Nach Balliye 5. They were accompanied by an energetic and inspired group of dancers from Atlanta’s Prem’s Dance Studio and Chicago’s own Arabian dancing stars Megan Hartman, Jessica Beuckman and Eliza Perry. Backed by an exciting light and sound arrangement by the Meadows Club and Tantrixx the grand ballroom was a sight to behold.

“This was the best New Year’s party ever”, gushed Padma Madireddy who attended the event with a group of over 70 people . “ Words cannot express how much fun we had. The idea of the second stage in the center and the food and was so great. Hats off for all your hard work ”, she added.

The classy ambience with superb lighting and innovative center stage along with the main stage for performances came in for a lot of acclaim by the attendees. “ Each one of us felt like a VIP “, said Bhargav Merai who had driven in all the way from Indianapolis. “ Rarely do we see such an ambience and quality in a New Year’s event”, he expressed.

“The most gratifying thing was to see so many families come in with their children in tow to celebrate together”, said Shebani Kulkarni, the host of the event. “ Our effort to provide an ambiance and entertainment suited to the whole family was well worth it” she explained.

The evening began with a wide array of gourmet cuisine prepared by the Chefs of Meadows Club and multiple bars with top shelf spirits. As the audience settled down and got the mood for entertainment, the fun began with performances by Arabian dancers and Prem’s Dance Studio who sizzled with foot tapping Bollywood numbers.

Jay Bhanushali then made his entry on the center stage and proceeded to regale the audience with his energetic dances and animated banter with the audience. Soon members of the audience were up on the stage with him doing the “Lungi Dance” and other popular hits. Children used to seeing him regularly on television host Dance India Dance also had their share of fun and banter with him.

Mahhi Vij then entered the stage and presented a few popular Bollywood hits with dancers from Prem’s Dance Studio. Her romantic duets with Jay Bhanushali went aerial as the audience was in frenzy. The mood then went ballistic as the DJ duo of Jeet and Stylz had the audience jam the dance floor with their pulsating beats which led to the countdown to the New Year and the balloon drops.

“It was a superb party which was a treat for all of us” said Dr Ashraf Dabawala of the Horizon Medical Center. Echoing a similar view was Vikram Chakravarty. “Wow, a packed audience, great food, great performances..this is amazing” he exclaimed. Speaking of the event one of the sponsors and supporters, Rajiv Sharma said “ It was a very classy event and we were proud to be a part of it”.

Speaking later to the press the organizers Madan and Shebani Kulkarni were extremely grateful for the support they had received from the sponsors, Aishwarya’s Creations, Air Tours, Saahil, Sajmil Construction, Big Suchir, National Bankcard and their own kitchen and operations staff. “ Our staff has established a culture of excellence for which we are grateful and feel proud off” they said.