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Bollywood came to Nara Restaurant

A gift of love

Bollywood came to Nara Restaurant

Sandy Clark

A simple birthday party for Tienchai Sooktiang, director of Voice Studio, turned into a costume party in the romantic setting of the Nara Restaurant.

Congratulations (from left) Pimon Lekphet (Ken), PR Voice Studio Entertainment; Marion Vogt, Chiangmai Mail; Ajarn Tienchai and Anchalee Kalmapijit, Operation Director Maesa Elephant Camp.

Indian tents, staff dressed in Indian costumes, friends wearing embroidered saris with bangles on arms and legs and male friends resembling maharajas waited in the garden, illuminated by hundreds of candles and blossoms.

Tienchai was almost overwhelmed by this sight on his arrival, and the dramatically arranged buffet was laden heavily with golden plates, fruits and tasty Thai and Indian food. But the biggest surprise came when a group of Ajarn Tienchaiís students appeared and performed dramatic Indian dances.

Pim Nara, owner of Nara Restaurant and her staff staged an authentic Indian spectacle.

Blowing out the candles. Almost unrecognizable on the right is Pim Nara as an Indian Beauty next to Ajarn Tienchai

Bollywood beware. The Chiang Mai Dancers are doing the head-wobble!

A gift of love

In the name of the Choral Society Chiang Mai, Waranan Pongcharoenkul presented Pitijet Vichitporn (better known as Ajarn Xavier) and his fianc้e, Noi, with cheques for 10,000 baht following their last concert, where the proceeds were donated to the blind children of Baan Chulasai.

(From left) Waranan Pongcharoenkul, Pitijet Vichitporn (Ajarn Xavier) and Noi.

Chiang Mai Choral Society wanted to help their scholarship program that teaches music to blind children. A native of Chiang Mai, Ajarn Xavier has performed for Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand, and for other members of the Royal Family. In 2003 he co-founded Baan Chulasai Music and Arts School, Chiang Mai which specializes in teaching disadvantaged children. Both Noi and Xavier say that you can see the light in their eyes when they begin to learn the music. Music to music. A gift of love.