DIWALI

Melina BATH (Eastern Victoria) (09:41): The Diwali festival in Gippsland in the Latrobe Valley held by the Latrobe Indian Association was a fantastic event last Saturday night. It is a festival of lights, and after a traditional lamp lighting there were cultural performances, exquisite traditional dance and rich classical music, followed by the all-crowd-pleasing Bollywood dancing that not only appeared on the stage at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre but also outside in the community. Colour, dancing, food, traditional works – it was fabulous, and I want to congratulate in particular Akash, Kunal and Geetha and all of the wonderful people at the Latrobe Indian Association for a truly spectacular event.