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Celebrating Diwali

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Vivian Viswanathan, Sonia Chilukuri and Sage Chilukuri

Vivian Viswanathan, Sonia Chilukuri and Sage Chilukuri (Photo: Diego Ramirez)

Approximately 400 gathered at Bellaire-Zindler Park to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The evening included the Bellaire Bollywood Karaoke group and a tabla player and culminated with an open dance floor, where members of the Bellaire Police Department were spotted showing off their dance moves. The park was decorated with diyas, oil lamps traditionally lit on Diwali, along with Rangoli, an Indian art form, and the stage had a colorful backdrop made with bright saris stitched together. Performances included a group of kids – the “Bellaire Bollywood Shakers” – ages 5-13, who danced to popular Bollywood songs. Sharan Thind sang the U.S. and Indian national anthems. Kajal Desai helped teach attendees how to do Raas Dandiya, a form of Indian folk dance, and Annum Sadana served as the emcee. Pictured are Vivian Viswanathan, Sonia Chilukuri and Sage Chilukuri, students at St. John’s School, showing off their mehendi. To see more photos and details by Pooja Salhotraclick here

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