Showcasing local talent was the hallmark of Hindi Niketan’s Diwali festival at Clayton Hall earlier last month. Members from the community of all ages participated and performed song, dance and poetry acts to a large crowd.
Minister for Clarinda, Hong Lim, attended the event and commended Hindi Niketan for encouraging all members to participate. “You really do see great enthusiasm and joy from every participant,” he noted.
“Clayton is truly the hub for the Indian community,” he added.
Hong Lim has attended this event for the past six years.
Sandeep Chaudhary and Aditi Guntru hosted the Diwali program in consultation with Dr Rahul Gupta, the current President of Hindi Niketan. Dr Gupta noted that he enjoys holding community events as it provides everyone with the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of an audience.
“We are a supportive community. There is plenty of local talent that needs to surface. We welcome everyone to take the stage,” he noted.
Local artists and performers, along with the up and coming Just Beat It dance troupe, performed dance routines incorporating a fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. Children as young as five years took part in the performance. Members of Sippi’s Dance Kids performed choreographed acts with enthusiasm and confidence.
One of the younger participants commented that she really enjoyed dancing with her friends and had a fun time. An adult participant confirmed that one is never too old to move to music. He also added that it is great for his health and figure!
The colourful costumes, attention to detail and diverse performances truly showed that members of the community are capable of providing fantastic and original entertainment. Dr Gupta was pleased that more children participated in the event and noted that these events provide the ideal opportunity for socialising and networking.
Hindi Niketan continues to host community and family oriented events throughout Victoria and has a number of events planned for 2018.