Society Spotlight: The Aasai Ball 2024

Our writer discusses the Tamil and Malayali Society's annual Aasai Ball.

Safiyya Merali
15th March 2024
Image credit: Instagram @ncl_tamil_malayali_soc
Friday the 8th of March may have been just another Friday night for many, but not for those making their way to the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art for the Tamil and Malayali Society's annual Aasai Ball.

The Aasai Ball was nothing short of a celebration of South Asia's stunning culture, from the food, to the music and performances, and to everyone's absolutely gorgeous attires. All the women pulled up in lavish and equally elegant lehengas, sarees, and anarkalis in a myriad of colours, decked out in the prettiest jhumkas and jewelry sets, and the men didn't disappoint in their kurtas and suits. It's safe to say everyone understood the assignment.

They're not the only ones though. The society's committee promised a lovely night and they delivered. Prosecco on all the tables, photographers and an aesthetic photobooth where everyone spent more time than they'd care to admit, mood lighting, and being serenaded by DJ Azeer on his violin made it a night worthy of the hefty tickets. But that's not all. Is it even a desi event if there isn't a delicious 3 course buffet that includes either samosas or papadums (the Ball had both, just saying), and either butter chicken or butter paneer? Fine dining, (the kind where there's more forks that one needs because who's eating butter chicken with a fork when there are warm parathas on the side) and coupled with Gulab Jamun for dessert and Mango Lassi on the side was the icing on the cake. And the cherry on top? The performances.

The Aasai Ball was nothing short of a celebration of South Asia's stunning culture, from the food, to the music and performances, and to everyone's absolutely gorgeous attires.

Newcastle's Bollywood Dance Society kicked off the performances with a medley full of Bollywood classics like 'You are my Soniya,' 'Tip Tip' and 'Mauja hi Mauja.' 4 minutes of exceptional choreography and dancing was followed by the Tamil Society's incredibly energetic set of South Indian hits that had everyone else singing, dancing, and jumping on the sidelines too. And finally, the organising committee took the stage for the finale before opening up the dance floor which was taken by storm and ended the night on a high.

All in all, it was a lovely night of cultural celebration, great music, great food, and even better vibes.

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