Auckland Tamil Association, as promised, presented new faces at the community Deepavali event held at Freeman's Bay on Saturday, October 26.
Attended by 340 people of different communities, the event was lauded by the audience for bringing new faces and younger members of the community an opportunity to perform on the stage and showcase their hidden talents.
"We promised our community that our Deepavali celebrations would be different from previous years where we would invite international performers from Malaysia, Singapore or India," president of Auckland Tamil Association, Ravindran Vai told The Indian Weekender.
"The community loved to see new performers and first-timers on the stage, and as expected they delivered a magnificent show," Mr Vai added.
Present at the event were representatives of different communities organisations and Minister of Ethnic Communities and MP Jenny Salesa, members of parliament besides families dressed in fancy and colourful ethnic Indian wears.
The event also felicitated budding cricketer Adithya Ashok who has been chosen in the New Zealand U19 squad to tour Australia as the teams gear up for the World Cup in South Africa in 2020.
"Thank you, Auckland Tamil Association for giving me this honour; I would like to thank my parents for being the pillar, standing behind me supporting through all my practices and tournaments," Adithya said after receiving the memento at the event.
Adithya Ashok is one of the most promising faces of New Zealand cricket, an all-rounder who was promoted to Mt Albert Grammar School's first XI in year nine. He took a remarkable six wickets for Auckland against Northern Districts at the national under-17 tournament earlier in January.
The hosts also gave trophies to the winners of Badminton tournament earlier this year.
One of the highlights of the event was a group of children aged four and above from the Tamil School in Auckland who demonstrated the Tamil language learned at the school.
The event had 15 performances by different groups, duets and solo performances including a classical Indian dance by famous Kiwi Indian dancer Abhishek Ravi, who gave a thrilling self-choreographed dance at the event.
The event had perfomances from different cultures such as Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalee, middle-eastern, Telugu and Punjabi and African Drums etc.
"Our goal during such events is to give the community to celebrate Deepavali the way they would have observed back at the hometowns in India and also have a great evening outing with their family and fellow community members," secretary of ATA, Murali Kumar said.
The event concluded with a sumptuous dinner, an integral part of a community event arranged for all the attendees and guests at the event.