Topic: Diwali 2009

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Indian culture showcase at Diwali night the Founders Theatre, Hamilton, came alive with a magnificent Diwali 2009 function being organized by Indian Cultural Society Waikato Inc. on October 25th.

For Hamilton, the Diwali function by Indian Cultural Society has become an eagerly anticipated annual event. People from all over New Zealand, flock to the Founders Theatre on fun-filled day of music, dance, food, and culture. The annual event offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore India's diverse culture and traditions, including authentic regional food, arts, and entertainment.

 A very extensive cultural program was prepared by the organizers. First time in Hamilton, the Secretary & Chief Organizer Mr Roy Vellara proved that an Indian function can start & finish on time. At sharp 6.50 PM, as advertised, the curtain lifted for the first program and the curtain was down at sharp 9.30 PM. A program consisted of 28 items that was arranged two months ago went on serially without changing or cancelling even one item astonished many community leaders who were present at the theatre. A Kiwi view of the Diwali narrated in the documentary gave western audience an elaborated picture about the legend of Diwali and Indian hospitality as well. 

  The opening scene itself was different from the 19 years history of Indian Cultural Society and everyone liked the change and advance thinking. Welcome speech was not just ‘welcome', but a very humorous one that cleared all questions about the Indian Cultural Society's activities. Among the events were a dance performance and a concert of traditional Indian music. The Audience enjoyed a renowned cultural program, consisting of classical and modern Indian live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and music.

 Eminent V4U Entertainments group from Auckland performed at the function and had the audience spell bound with "Tribute to Bollywood". Starting the program with a mix Indian and Maori dance "Welcome to NZ" by Monisha Dance Group stunned the spectators, participants brought alive the cultural heritage of India through their dances and songs.


Energy levels were high when the Bangra and Giddha stunned the spectators. A few classical dance items based on Kathak Rap, Bengali folk, Kuchipudi and Tamil folk enthralled the audience. "Moon Light" fusion performance by Monisha School of dance warmed up the stage, which was followed by Salam Bollywood and Rajasthani folk. The Govan Dance by Tatiana and Bollywood dance by Generation Y- Priya & Group received the audience with a thunderous applause. The quality maintained in every item was immaculate and the audiences were anxiously waiting for the next item to come in.


        Indian Cultural Society Waikato Inc - Executive comittee 
 An audience of around 1200 people attended the function. All western participants were impressed by the quality hosting of the Indian Cultural Society Waikato Inc, great hospitality, and the fascinating intricacies of Indian culture and society. The President Mr Harkrishen Kung said, "next year is the 20th anniversary of Indian Cultural Society and planning for a bigger event".

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