Iconic India Club Diwali gets multicultural flavour

By The IST News Network

Darling of the crowd, Julian Leeser

The India Club Diwali has attained an iconic event status in Sydney. The uniqueness the event has achieved in participation of the guests in revelries and this year these were led by Federal MP from Berowra, the Hon. Julian Leeser who danced to popular Bollywood tunes. Not only this, he triggered a tsunami of dancers on the floor.

The Castle Grand hall on October 7 was given a beautiful setting with apart from the classical dances, the floor was thrown open to anyone and everyone. Shubha Kumar and Akshaye Kumar spring up surprises each year. This year, it was the Scottish Bagpipers, dressed in their traditional attire. In fact, they started the proceedings of the evening and continued to sprinkle in between the performances. The event was given a multicultural flavour with the participation of dancers from different communities. That’s the speciality of Shubha and Akshaye.

The Kumars have the knack for boasting great connections and the list of invitees included, several  federal and NSW MPs, MLCs and diplomats. And,

each one of them was given the opportunity to say something about Diwali. The invitees included, Julian Leeser, David Clarke, Minister for Multiculturalism The Hon. Ray Williams, Hornsby Mayor, Phillip Ruddock, MP for Parramatta the Hon. Geoff Lee who mingled with the crowd lovingly and visiting almost all tables.

Young and old shed all inhibitions to enjoy dancing and danced howsoever they felt like. There were also performances by 7 Star dance group and India Club regulars Puneet and Mona Grover. The event was supported by Multiconnexions and the Migrant Resource Centre. The India Club Diwali is a most sought after Diwali event of Sydney. Not to forget the sumptuous food that was laid by Ajay of Maya Da Dhaba.


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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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