Some seventy-five flashmob performers converged on the celebrations of the Holi festival at the Telstra Clear Pacific Centre at Manukau City on Sunday, March 11.

The choreographed song set to Dhanush’s ‘Sachin Anthem’ which pays tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, proved to be a surprise highlight of the event, delighting onlookers with its spontaneity and energy.

This followed the viral success of organiser Padma Akula’s previous flashmob in downtown Auckland in December 2011 that garnered over two million hits on YouTube videos. That flashmob dance was set to ‘Why this Kolaveri Di’. The song’s popularity was such around the globe, that in the last two months of 2011 it blazed through all the records to steal the spot as the most popular song of the year.

Akula’s success didn’t stop with YouTube, the Auckland flashmob went on to be featured on CNN USA and Indian National news channel TV9, as well as Indian newspaper Times of India, amongst others. It also went on to inspire a number of copycat flashmobs around the world from Sydney to Singapore and Germany to name a few.