Be There…’Be Happy’ On The Streets Of Lokhandwala – India Pages


‘Be Happy’, is a community togetherness initiative by Be Happy Foundation to spread smiles and bring the neighbourhood together through activities and entertainment. It is a first time event of its kind in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West wherein residents take over their streets for a couple of hours (7am to 10 am) on every third Sunday of the month.

The brainchild of Surjeet Singh Dadalia, a businessman by profession, his idea was simple; to provide a platform for a family to come together in one space, spend time together, participate in activities and soak in the fun atmosphere, as One Big Happy Family! To take this “PLAY OUT” concept forward and to get residents to take over their streets, Surjeet Singh Dadalia, got together like-minded people to take it forward. Be Happy has already organised two successful events, one on November 20, 2016 and the other on December 18, 2016. To kick off the events and create awareness flash mobs and car rallies were organised at locations in and around the Lokhandwala Complex a few days prior to the two events.

The first free street event logged a footfall of 9000+. The two events offered on-stage performances such as Yoga by Ratish Rao, Zumba by Fitness First and Shivasana, performances by Bollywood & Indi Pop Singer Preeti Bhalla, stand-up comedian Raja Sagoo, playback singer & actress Harshi Mad, actor Jehangir Khan, dances by Nitesh Konajia, Rehan & group, dances by children, SUFI music by Naad Global School lead by Jayaa Jain, and performances by winners of Utopia, an inter society event created for citizens and talks on environment, drug abuse, etc. The off-stage events had designated areas for senior citizens, kids activities such as art craft & storytelling by Ulka Puri and Secret Passages. Skating by Ganesh Rao, cricket by Ishraque Gulray, badminton & basketball by Coach Crew, cycling by Buddy Rider, football, other sports, street music, street chalk art, food & activities stalls and a fashion show by Archerz Mrs. India 2017 by Ashis Rai, Tushar Dhaliwal, Archana Tomar, wherein participants from Pune, and Nasik walked the ramp added to the excitement. The entire back road of the complex turned vehicle free offering family fun to residents in and around the area.

Be Happy team was also proud to honour The Sea Hawks team comprises IAF Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, Sgt. (retd) G Narhari, Air Warrior (IAF), Vicky Tokas, Mumbai Police’s Asst. Police Inspector, Srikant Palande, Rahul Chiplunker, Maharashtra State swimming team’s coach, for their expedition to swim the seas with an intended estimated time to reach Mangalore being 14 days and nights and creating the world record. The team also honoured Muskan Thackeray, who has created the Be Happy logo. The free street event would have not been possible without the support of Mumbai Police, Mumbai Traffic Police, MCGM K-West, Pyramid Catering, Ruva Mineral Water and Pleasure Treasure.

The success of the Behappy events goes to its strong team of 36 managing committee members who worked day in and out to floor this free street concept for the residents of the western suburbs – Surjeet Singh Dadalia, Jeetendra Thackeray, Shalini Thackeray, Dhaval Shah, Prashant Rane, Mehek Munyal, Anubhav Anand, Nadia Khan, Hira Mehta, Vineesha Arora-Sarin, Karan Jotwani, Ganesh Rao, Ratish Rao, Sailesh Sahadevan, Sandesh Desai, Dheeraj Choudhary, Sanjay Munyal, Shehzad Kalmadi, Asif Mansoori, Vivek Golani, Suraj Pimpale, Anika Munyal, Uma Dhavan, Gulnar Barkat, Nitesh Kanojia, Shinu Dadiala, Sudhir Banthia, Indrany Ray, Jayesh Shah, Narendra Gupta, Neerja Sareen, Parul Chawla, Dilpreet Singh, Asim Shah, Vivek Parekh and Amit Munyal.

Today, Be Happy is a successful concept where residents come together to celebrate life itself, through entertainment, art, sports and health programs.  With an aim to provide good entertainment and many more activities, the Be Happy team is now working towards getting corporates and sponsors involved, as it gears up for the next free street event scheduled for January 15, 2017 from 7am-10am at Lokhandwala Complex Back Road.  As always, it is offering a platform for upcoming performers and artists to become a part of the free street events.  The team can be contacted vide Be Happy facebook page or on 982348986 (Surjeet) or 9920087311 (Dhaval).

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Hira Mehta