The Hamilton community had an opportunity to witness and experience the story of India’s festival of light, Diwali at the Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato yesterday, October 27.
Seven Hamilton community groups had come together to showcase Indian dance, music and other traditions for Diwali at the Museum.
The small Museum venue was filled with people of various ethnic groups, eager to witness and learn more of this India’s biggest festival that symbolises triumph of light over darkness.
Among the audience were two newly-elected city Councillors, Kesh Naidoo-Rauf and Sarah Thomson.
The event included performances of Bharatnatiyam and other traditional Indian dances, followed by a range of other interactive activities.
Shailaja Ravi Kumar and her team – 8-years-old Janya, & Nishtha Singh, presented the Indian classical dance and story telling. It was choreographed by Shailaja.
Suman Kapoor, one of the the organisers of this Diwali celebrations, was delighted with the response of the local community and thanked the City Council and the Waikato Museum for hosting this event for the first time.
Judging from the response, it is likely that the event will be held again at the Museum next year, but maybe on a bigger scale.
Read our earlier story here: https://newsviews.co.nz/waikato-museum-showcases-diwali-festival-traditions/