Independence 50’s Funa program results to be announced early November
‘Funa’ nation-wide cultural show’s group rounds’ results will be announced early next month, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced.
Funa is an inter-atoll initiative by the Government held to mark the 50th anniversary of Maldives independence.
A senior official of the event, Mohamed Lammaan told Eydhafushi Times that the winning teams from all atoll communities will be publicized “simultaneously”.
“Only one atoll is remaining (Baa atoll) to host its Funa show,” he said.
Lammaan went on to say that Baa atoll’s organization of the event was as “very commendable” as all the other atolls who have already staged their respective segment.
“The event at Eydhafushi is one of the most name-worthy performances among all atolls,” he said.
Baa Atoll’s Council said that this was facilitated due to the cooperation among the Government institutions and private companies, and thanked them.
The Minivan 50 (Independence 50) office, which is the overall umbrella organization overseeing the whole event, said that the Funa shows held in all atolls so far were “very successful”.
The “current main objective of this activity is to revive the Maldivian culture and nationalism, and to sustain the unity of Maldivians,” the Minivan 50 office said.
The final Funa show’s activities, which include both cultural and historical events performances — which were started in Eydhafushi on 23 September — was officially inaugurated [Dhivehi link] by Honorable Abdul Rasheed Hussain, the holder of the State title ‘Nishan Izzudin Honor’.
The Funa show in Baa atoll, participated by four island communities, was also held to jointly commemorate the Elderly’s Day.
The show’s inauguration was interrupted by lack of time, and was continued that night, staging performances in ‘bileh dhafi negun’, women’s ‘rumaa fathi negun’, fathigandu’, ‘maa fathi’, ‘kuru fali’ staged with wooden poles, ‘bandiya’ dance, and ‘bodu beru’.
The night’s activities included a ‘jaafaiy’, a traditional meal offered by the local community for visiting guests.
Baa Atoll Council had said that the evening segment of the show was scheduled to be livecast on some television channel.
The Funa show in Eydhafushi [Dhivehi link] was described as a “bodu eid” — Muslims’ biggest holiday festival – as both children and adults took part in the national community festivity.
Games and other traditional sports and recreational extravaganzas were part of the spectacle.
“I am speechless. We feel so satisfied. This is something like a bodu eid,” commented an elderly woman who was to take part in a cultural item.
Eydhafushi residents had planned to meet — at the harbor — the teams from the other Baa atoll islands when they were to arrive for the Funa show. They were to greet the visiting atoll compatriots with a “warm welcome”.
“Few were recent times when we saw such a ceremony. Everyone were able to get into their roles perfectly within around four days. We are hoping this show would go on to become a perfect one,” a Baa Atoll Councilor had said.
The show included altogether 18 items — 12 items from Eydhafushi, and the rest six from the other three Baa atoll islands; Kamadhoo, Kendhoo, and Maalhos.
The Eydhafushi team’s performances include dances, a drama depicting Eydhafushi’s development and progress, and other dramas including how Eydhafushi women worked towards their empowerment.
State broadcaster, Public Service Media’s (PSM) Television Maldives (TVM) was scheduled to livecast this segment.
The groups which win the atolls segments, get to stage their performance in the central capital Male’, a four-hour speedboat ride from Eydhafushi.
More photos by ET’s Thoriq Abdul Rahman of Eydhafushi’s reclaimed land which was highly decorated for the Baa atoll Funa show: