A celebration of culture

November 21, 2017

Natasha Baweja performed at WestSide Performing Arts Centre at the weekend as part of the Diwali Mela festival.

Guransh lifts spirits during the festivities.

Gursimrat performs.

The performance lit up the WestSide Performing Arts Centre.

Eva Bobby dons a colourful outfit.

: Performer Ersheen.

Justin Dhadwal.

Colourful acts from Greater Shepparton, Melbourne, Sydney and India descended on Mooroopna on the weekend as part of the community’s Diwali Mela celebrations.

The Festival of Lights lit up the WestSide centre on Sunday in celebration of the biggest day on the Hindu calendar.

The festival drew acts from Sydney and the Indian state of Punjab and involved Bollywood dancing, Punjabi bhangra (men’s dancing) and gidda (women’s dancing), as well as performances from children.

Punjabi and Shepparton community member Dhami Singh said the festival was a huge, colourful success and a great promotion of the town.

‘‘We sold the majority of the tickets, so that was a really good thing for our town as well as our community,’’ Mr Singh said.

‘‘It was also really great for the families and the kids who aren’t usually able to travel out of Shepparton to see cultural things, and get this in their own backyard.

‘‘It’s motivation for them to get into performing, as well as more involved in their culture.’’

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