28 February 2024

Waikato Museum hosts Diwali festival

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.

Performers reciting the story
Shailaja (centre) with Janya (R) & Nishtha presenting the story

Seven Hamilton community groups had come together to showcase Indian dance, music and other traditions for Diwali at the Museum.

Engrossed audience included Councillors Naidoo-Rauf & Thomson

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.

Iscon group perform
ISCON group also participated & performed

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.

 City councillors
Sarah Thomson(L) with Suman Kapoor & Kesh Naidoo-Rauf

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/


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