Join in cel­e­bra­tion of In­dian cul­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By KATE LEAVER

IN­DIAN-AUS­TRALIAN women will be at the fore­front of Naari: Aussie-in­dian Women’s Expo, along with food, fash­ion and Bol­ly­wood danc­ing.

Event co-or­di­na­tor and cre­ator Bindiya Man­chanda, of Mos­man Park, said she got a team of 25 In­dian-aus­tralian women to­gether to help or­gan­ise Naari.

“Naari lit­er­ally means women (in Hindi) and the Naari Expo is about cel­e­brat­ing the unique na­ture of be­ing women of two beau­ti­ful cul­tures – In­dian and Aus­tralian – the achieve­ments of these women in their pro­fes­sions and a show­case of their im­mense tal­ents,” she said.

“I was born and raised in New Delhi and have vol­un­teered (with In­dian So­ci­ety WA) since I got here 27 years ago. My cul­tural her­itage and rich In­dian val­ues are still part of me but I love be­ing an Aussie and I bal­ance the two cul­tures.”

Mrs Man­chanda said the event would high­light tra­di­tional cloth­ing, food stalls, mod­ern fash­ion, Bol­ly­wood dance and free health checks.

“We have free clin­i­cal health checks spon­sored by the Aus­tralian In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, with 18 fe­male doc­tors run­ning the stalls for the whole day,” she said.

Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hospi­tal con­sul­tant anaes­thetist Divya Sharma will host a pub­lic health stall at Naari sup­ported by Di­a­betes WA.

Dr Sharma said she was on a mis­sion to re­duce the “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” num­ber of peo­ple of In­dian de­scent with di­a­betes and heart dis­ease, and would pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als, healthy eat­ing cards and work­shop in­for­ma­tion.

Mrs Man­chanda said the event would en­cour­age younger In­di­anaus­tralians to con­nect with their her­itage and cul­ture.

“My vi­sion is to make this event big­ger with all gen­er­a­tions in­volved, lit­tle girls, mums and grand­moth­ers; we want every­body to come along. We have opened the event to men; the catch is they have to be ac­com­pa­nied by a woman,” she said.

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San­gita Bansal, Shama Yo­ge­san, Bindiya Man­chanda and Ra­jyashree Malaviya.

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