Din­ner and dance to cel­e­brate fes­ti­val

Kalgoorlie Miner - - FRONT PAGE - Heather Chalmers

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.

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