A bhangra dance was part of the Christmas Day concert held at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

More than 1,000 Indian Catholic migrants as well as migrants from other Asian countries attended a special Christmas concert organised for them at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Migrants from Indian states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala, together with others from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, packed the church premises for the Dec 25 event.

The concert, hosted by MediaCorp artiste Patpanaban Ramesh, included performances from popular artistes Abdul Rahman and Malarvizli, a bhangra dance, and a show by Singapore illusionist, Amazing Bosco.

Part of the 1,000-strong crowd.

The migrant community also put on their own performances that evening.

The Lourdes Migrants Committee organised the event, which was initiated by parish priest Fr Augustine Joseph. The concert aimed to promote a sense of belonging within the largely South Asian migrant community the parish serves and to help them experience joy, hope, love and peace.

Many said they thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

“We are all far away from home and we miss our families back home,” said Mr Sugintharan from Sri Lanka. “This Christmas concert uplifted our spirits during this season.”

“We had a wonderful and unforgettable Christmas,” said Mr Somasundaram from India.

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