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Manukau Indians commence Navratri with Diwali

Manukau Diwali 2013 was celebrated at Vodafone Event Centre on October 5, 2013.

The annual event, organised by Manukau Indian Association (MIA) had a different flavour with an Interschool Multicultural Dance Competition.

Manurewa High, Mission Heights Junior College and Rosehill College each received a cash award of $300. The participating students were from various ethnicities and the dance styles were not confined to Bollywood.

Speaking on the occasion, MIA President Manish Tanna underlined the importance of maintaining one’s culture for the immigrant communities in any country. He appreciated New Zealand’s inclusive approach, which made it one of the most preferred new homes for many skilled migrants from India.

Mayor Len Brown, who lit the traditional lamp and presented the prizes to the winners of the Dance Competition, praised the Indian community for adding to the colourful fabric of Auckland.

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi presented a bust of Mahatma Gandhi on behalf of Prime Minister John Key to the Association.

Labour MP Phil Goff, speaking on behalf of Party Leader David Cunliffe, praised the richness of Indian culture, saying that occasions like Diwali brought together people of varied religious and cultural backgrounds.

Ratna Venkat presented a Kuchipudi (in the traditional Andhra Pradesh style) dance number, while Joy International performed Chinese dances.

Fireworks display

Following a Bhangra, South Indian, Bulgarian and other dances, the much awaited Fireworks display was watchers’ delight. The ten-minute spectacle served not only as a grand finale but also as an interval before another distinguishing feature of this year’s event. This was the combination of Navaratri Garba with Diwali.

DJ Jimmy had organised the musical accompaniment to hundreds of dancing feet and hands marking the first night of Navaratri.

From a Report sent by Manish Tanna

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