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10th Anniversary Musical night - Audition








              Calling all musicians!!!!


Musicians wanted to participate in an exciting
Musical Stavan Fusion & Raas Garba Night on
Sunday 30th August 2015
to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Derasar

We are looking for amateurs and professionals playing both traditional and western musical instruments.

Also looking for chorus and back up singers.


Audition to take place on Sunday 19th April 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at Oshwal EKTA Centre, Kingsbury, NW9 9AA


Participants must be available for rehearsals on the following dates:

Sundays - 10th May 2015,  12th July 2015 and

23rd August 2015.


To register please email:

bhavik@bhavikharia.com  or  daksha.maroo@gmail.com


Central Annual General Meeting (AGM)







On Sunday 26th April 2015 at Oshwal Centre

Registration from 1pm with tea and biscuits

Meeting Commences 2pm


For a democratic process to work, we need all members of our community to be participants, and we encourage all to attend the AGM


Let’s be the Change this community needs

                Let’s be proud to be Oshwal

                                Let’s Re-Connect



  10th Anniversary Celebration of the Derasar







A beautiful Gujarati stage play written especially for OAUK to commemorate this special occasion on 29th/30th August 2015.


We are looking for participants for this play. Auditions will be held from April onwards. We need up to 50 participants acting various roles in this beautiful stage play. 


The play is in Gujarati, the lines will be in easy to follow dialogue and rehearsals will ensure you get it all right on the night.  So come on!  Sign up and take part in a wonderful celebration of our Derasar, our culture and our faith.


To register, please could you send the following details to Nilesh B Shah either by post to Oshwal Centre or by email to nilesh_shah@outlook.com :

  • Your full name and address
  • Age
  • Contact Telephone number
  • Email address


We need to start rehearsals soon, so please sign-up urgently as this is an un-missable opportunity.






To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Derasar OAUK have planned 5 days of programmes to take place from Thursday 27th to Monday 31st August 2015.


We need volunteers to help in different areas over the 5 days and the weekend before, so to register please use this form http://goo.gl/forms/EwypzGCazg 


Mahatma Gandhi's Statue



A 9ft (2.7m) bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in London's Parliament Square on 14th March 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of his return to India to start the struggle for independence from British rule.
To see the photos click here.




 HRH The Prince of Wales visits Oshwal Centre.

  HRH Prince Charles visit to Oshwal Centre, Potters Bar

Thursday 22nd January, we were honoured with a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales.  A visit arranged in conjunction with the Institute of Jainology (IOJ).

HRH The Prince of Wales was shown around our Derasar and addressed the invited guests before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit.  He also received the Ahimsa Award on behalf of all Jain organisations from the IOJ.


A full transcript of his speech is available – Click here

We have over 900 photographs of the visit to view – Click here

You can also order individual prints from the above link

A video of the visit with his full speech can be viewed – Click here





Anand Yatra Details

Every Friday at Oshwal Centre

Open to ALL Oshwal members.

Participate in the activities, have fun, meet friends and enjoy a delicious freshly cooked lunch.

For more details and to see the coach timetable click here





Enabling Network continues to provide a safe and fun environment for all ages with special needs and their families.

Click here for dates from September 2014 to March 2015 and come and join them for a family fun evening at the

Enabling Sports and Social Club (ESSC).

IDDP  -  International day of disabled persons

Every year, the day focuses on a different issue.
The theme for 2014 was Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.


On behalf of EN and OAUK and to celebrate this day, an e-book has been written to

demonstrate how technology has impacted those with special needs within our community.

To read this interesting e-book, click here.





Have you accessed the Oshwal Directory and checked your details?

Please do so as soon as possible as we want to create a comprehensive directory which includes details of all Oshwals.

A paper version will be published in the new year once all data has been checked and new details uploaded.

For information on how to access the directory or to register your details, click here.






President's Message January 2015


Jai Jinendra 


Thursday 22nd January 2015 was a momentous day that will be marked in the history of Oshwal Association of the UK. 


A day when we welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales to Oshwal Centre.






In conjunction with the Institute of Jainology, under the banner of ‘One Jain’ we welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales on a cold crisp winter’s morning.


HRH was given a guided tour of our beautiful Derasar and took particular interest in it architecture, method of construction and the correlation between Indian Stonemasons and Indian Sompura’s with British architects and British engineers.  He was fascinated with the intricacy of the carvings and their symbolic meanings.  HRH has a very clear understanding of Jainism and its values which he expanded upon when addressing the gathered audience.


Before entering the Derasar, HRH removed his shoes and was anointed on his forehead with a kesar tika. 


He was then garlanded and led into the Derasar.

Upon entering, he observed a moment of reflection before hearing a recital of Navkar Mantra.  He walked around the Derasar and asked questions on the relevance of carvings and signs. He commented on the beauty of the Derasar and the calmness within it.


HRH was interested and marvelled at the ingenuity of stonemason who have for thousands of years built structures of wood and stone without using steel.  These structures have stood for hundreds of years and how the Derasar symbolises that same ingenuity.


On leaving the Derasar he viewed the exterior of the building and walked towards the three symbols, Right Faith, Right Knowledge & Right Conduct. These were explained to him before we made our way towards the assembly halls.