PHOTO COURTESY- Jeremy Reesnz
Thousands of Aucklanders of all ages turn out to attend annual Indian Diwali festival celebrations kicking off in the Aoeta square on today. As Mayor of newly elected, Phil Goff gives first speech as Auckland mayor at Diwali opening. He officially inaugurate festival and his opening speech , Mr Phil said that” we are richer for Indian culture in Auckland” and we will definitely promote ethnic diversity of culture in our society to keep Auckland as largest Multicultural livable city.
This Diwali celebration of Auckland’s ethnic diversity and a chance to enjoy and experience traditional and contemporary Indian culture in its many exciting forms.The festival is free to attend, alcohol-free, smoke-free and family-friendly. Enjoy dance and musical performances, workshops and kids’ activities, plus sample the flavors of India fresh from a host of street food stalls. The festival finishes with a bang on Sunday night with the Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale. The Auckland city is now transformed the city hub with vivid and innovative approach to colour and light
This fest will continue tomorrow till 10pm .Diwali, a tradition particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, marks the beginning of the financial year in India. Diwali is celebrated through traditional Hindu motifs and light and celebrated memory of Celebration of return of Rama to Ayodya after the assassination of Ravana, and is one of Auckland’s most popular cultural festivals.The central theme of Diwali to point out to the classic truth of the victory of the good over the evils, the mode of their presentation and the characters differ. Diwali, being the festival of lights, lighting the lamp of knowledge within us(PHOTO COURTESY- Jeremy Reesnz)
This year, Diwali offers local festival goers the chance to attend workshops, enjoy live music and dance, storytelling, amusement rides and games.The free, family-friendly festival showcases and celebrates traditional and contemporary Indian culture
he Auckland Diwali Festival was first held in 2002, initiated by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and delivered in partnership with the then-Auckland City Council (now Auckland Council).
More than 35,000 people attend the festival every year, which showcases not only traditional Indian culture, but contemporary New Zealand Indian culture as well.
The festival features local and international dance, music and theatre performers, food and c raft stalls, a wedding expo, seminars and workshops.
The event is organized every year by Auckland City council,
Many artistis from India came this year here to add more colour to this festival. Kathak artist family joins the festival which includes film star , popular model and adept Kathak Dancer Meghranjani Medhi alias ” Dancing Queen of Assam” and her great parents , a great dancer and choreographer mother Mahami Medhi, and they perform to music by Meghranjani’s composer father Joy Prakash Medhi. the Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements, adorned with small bells and the movement harmonized to the music.
International stars from India’s Assam, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh regions will showcase dance, puppetry, intricate paper-cut artistry and folk art at the 15th Auckland Diwali Festival this October.. Highlights this year include: In addition to Assamese film actress, model and dancer Meghranjani leading a group of Kathak dancers
- puppet-master Vinod Bhatt and his troupe of Rajasthani puppeteers
- artwork by Venkat Shyam from from the Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh
- paper cut artist Parth Kothekar
- Bollywood dance competition
- Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale on Sunday night
Main Stage, Aotea Square: Saturday 3.20pm and 7.40pm; Sun 3.15pm, 5pm and 7.40pm.