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Our History

  • Dahisara Mitramandal started off in London as a few Gham members who used to meet up to talk about good and bad times and events that were occurring in London.  This was around 1966 in the North West London area where most of the Gham members had resided in close knit communities.

  • The members were like extended families.  They used to welcome new Dahisara members who had recently arrived from India and East Africa.  They used to assist in arranging work and welfare for these early arrivals.

  • As one of their primary purposes was to improve their own quality of life and earn a respectable living, despite hardship with language, food, education and environmental barriers, they still remembered their homeland.  They decided to set up a collection amongst themselves for Gavrakshan.

  • Thus, the link between India and UK was established.  Initially due to no organised body, lack of telephones and no computers, communication was via letter to individuals or through various organisations in Dahisara.

  • Through the late 1960’s, more and more people arrived and as the number of members grew, so did the unity amongst them.  In the early 1970’s there was a large influx of people from East Africa adding to the community, but also placing an ever growing burden in the organisation.

  • A turning point for the Dahisara Community was the collection of funds to support the construction of a new school and the Ladies Mandir. The Mandir was finally completed in 1968 thanks in part to the remembrance of the Dahisara members in the UK.

There were particular individuals who took up the responsibilities and in the face of hardship, established the foundations of the Dahisara Mitramandal

 

   
Late Kanjibhai Naran Jesa - First Committee President
Vishrambhai Vaghji Mayani - Longest Serving President
Parbatbhai Vishram Mayani - First Secretary
Bhimjibhai Naran Khimani - First Treasurer
Kanjibhai Naran Khimani - Founder Member
Devji Karsan Natha - Longest Serving Committee Member
   

 

Through The Years

The Hindu Centre in Kentish Town, London, was where the first General Meeting was held on 30th May 1976.  Members from all over England and Wales, including Leicester, Bolton, Oldham, made the long journey to attend this major event, which then formally established the Dahisara Mitramandal.

1977:

2nd Meeting held at the Kingsbury Swimming Pool Hall, in Roe Green Park (now demolished).

1979: 1st Children’s programme performed at Harrow Temple.

1982:

The Mitramandal opened its own bank account. Up until then, the funds were entrusted to individuals of the Mitramandal.

1982:

The first raffle at the Mitramandal annual function was held. All three prizes were kindly donated by Mansukhbhai Ravji Kara.

1983: The first day trip of the Mitramandal was held –to the sunny resort of Margate.

1985:

The first edition of the Dahisara Mitramandal Directory was published and opened by Devrajbhai Vishram Mayani.

1987: The first Diwali function was held at Claremont High School. This was an evening event.

1988:

The Mitramandal invited the Married Daughters of Dahisara to attend the Diwali functions.

1988: The Mitramandal purchased its own audio equipment.

1990: The Mitramandal formed a Youth Group and funds were raised at the summer function.

1997:

The Mitramandal established the first ever Blood Donation Clinic, amongst the Kanbi Community at its annual function in June.

1997: CSCS Training an Certification was organised by Manshukhbhai Karsan Mayani

1998:

The second Blood Donation session was recognised by the National Blood Service as being the second largest donation in that year, for a single session.

1999:
The Dahisara Mitramandal website was launched.

1999:

The Mitramandal set up a cardiology check up in conjunction with Northwick Park Hospital to understand why Asians are more likely to get heart diseases.

2002: The first elected Councillor from Dahisara Mitramandal –Mr Manjibhai Kanji Kara.

2004:

Bhimjibhai Karsan Mayani was awarded the ‘Special Lifetime Award’at the Dahisara Appreciation Evening.

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