This Saturday (May 21) afternoon community event was high on energy, with dances that showcased the rich heritage of India.

Held at Alan Brewster Recreation Centre in Papatoetoe, the event - Active India -  was organised by NZ Chandigarh Club Inc (NZCC) with the support of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

“It was a pleasure to host this event which showcased the diversity of Indian Folk dance performances, activities, and information. A nation's culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people. I want to thank everyone for their love and support. It was overwhelming to see everyone appreciating our efforts to stay connected with community and culture,” says Reeta Arora, NZCC President

The occasion saw some splendid dance performances, including Bharatnatyam by Ambika Krishnamoorthy and Kathak by Kathak Kendra group. Furthermore, showcasing the diversity of Indian culture were Dandia and Garba by Bollywood Beats, a Bihu dance performance and an energetic Punjabi dance by Punjabi Cultural Association.

Famous Hindi writer Preeta Vyas talked about the need to keep ourselves connected with our roots and our motherland India. The event also had stalls put by Jayanti and Usha to exhibit recycling and upcycling. Nimi Bedi, the community coordinator, was seen inspiring the attendees to pledge toward climate change Actions.

The list of dignitaries seen enjoying the event included Honorary Consul of Georgia in NZ, Jagjit Singh, OPLB Chairperson Apulu Reece, Deputy Chairperson, Southern Hub at NZ Labour Party Ann Singh, President the Supreme Sikh Society Daljit Singh, and Chairperson Dairies and Business Owners Group NZ  Sunny Kaushal among others.

Sharing his experience, community leader Parminder Singh Papatoetoe said, “It was a great experience. Even though NZ Chandigarh Club organised it, it was admirable to see performances from different parts of India, right from Telangana to Assam. It beautifully captured the essence of India's rich diversity and cultural heritage in NZ. It was a great effort and would help youngsters appreciate and respect the great culture of our homeland India."