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Fiji Feels Like Home: Bollywood Singer

Fiji Feels  Like Home:  Bollywood  Singer
Bollywood singer Shipra Goyal is in Fiji to preform at Vodafone Hibiscus festival. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.
August 17
10:19 2016

Shipra Goyal can sing in a number of languages including English, Punjabi, Hindi and other languages.


Bollywood singer Shipra Goyal says Fiji feels like home.

That’s why she is never feels nervous to perform here, she adds.

A 10-member Bollywood group, led by Ms Goyal, will perform at the Vodafone Arena from 7pm today and at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation tent tomorrow.

This is their second trip to Fiji. They last performed here during the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival in 2013.

Ms Goyal said she loved the Fijian environment because it was one of her most beautiful experiences.

“Although this is not my first time in Fiji, but it feels as if I’ve never been here before. Fiji has developed and looks different from what it looked three years ago,” Ms Goyal said.

She was born in a family of musicians.


Stall owners not happy

Most stall owners interviewed agree that Albert Park remains the best venue for the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

They are not pleased with the crowd turnout and sales so far at Laucala.

“Location and weather is better but the crowd hasn’t been good,” said a disappointed Shirely Wise 44,  an ice-cream operator.

“Albert Park is the best location because here people have to catch two buses to come.”

Another disappointed owner echoed the same feelings.

“We running at a loss right now” said  Saimoni Cemaitoga of Koicalevu food stall.

“One of the most important reasons why it shouldn’t be hosted here is because of the location, it’s hard to get parking as Police stop the traffic” Mr Cemaitoga said.

“As you can see there are 10 empty stalls.”

Stalls located near the Vodafone arena have a more crowd turnout than the stalls at the ANZ stadium, as most flea markets and other Government ministries and civil society organisation (CSO) tents are located there.

Soni Dayal of Gujratti curry house said: “In terms of profit it all depends on the weather.”

Hibiscus Events Group (HEG) spokesperson Liga Gukisuva said that crowd turnout was picking up and he ensured that the numbers were more than that of last year’s event.

“One of the main reasons we moved the event here is because of the surface and over the years that has been an issue,” he said.

Mr Gukisuva is urging the public to make use of all the services provided by the different ministries throughout the week.

Edited by Naisa Koroi




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