Dinner and dance to celebrate festival
A celebration of an ancient Hindu festival will bring a display of colour, traditional dancing and Indian food to Kalgoorlie next month.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali or “festival of lights” is an important feature on the Hindu calendar and signifies the spiritual victory of light over darkness.
To mark the occasion in the region, the Indian Association of the Goldfields is putting on a dinner and dance featuring an Indian meal and Bollywood dancing.
There will also be performances of Kiwi, Filipino and belly dancing as well as Indian classical dancing.
Organiser Raj Nathoo said the event has grown in popularity since its inception four years ago.
“We first started it as a smallscale informal celebration on our own initiative which was attended by 100 people,” he said.
“The following year we realised there was more demand so we moved to a hotel where we had 180 guests and last year we moved it again to Boulder Town Hall and there were more than 200 guests.
“We are hopeful that many people come along to watch the vibrant and enriching perfor- mances and taste the mouth-watering food which will include many Indian delicacies.
“Most Indian people here are Hindus but there are others who are Muslim and I would like to ex- tend our welcome to them to join in this Indian festival. I also would like to welcome to people who are visiting the area to experience Indian culture in the Goldfields.”
The Divali celebrations will take place at Kalgoorlie Town Hall on Saturday, November 14 from 5.30pm to 11pm. The dress code is smart casual or traditional dress.
For tickets, call Raj Nathoo on 0439 949 236.