India Club’s Diwali goes all multicultural with Julian Leeser MP’s dance the star attraction

By Rekha Rajvanshi

Diwali celebrations are on full swing in Sydney. Diwali fairs are being held, events are being organized with people holding card sessions at home.   On October 7, at Castle Grand, India Club’s multicultural style Diwali added a new dimension to the celebration.

Many parliamentarians dressed in Indian attire were seen interacting with Indian community members on India Club’s Diwali function, organised by Shubha Kumar and Aksheya Kumar.

The program started with Scottish Bagpipes, who entered elegantly on the floor in their traditional costumes. There were speeches by the parliamentarians, Ray Williams MP, Minister for multicultural Services and Disability Services, Mr Philip Ruddock Mayor Hornsby Shire, Julian Leeser MP Berowra, Geoff Lee MP Parramatta and many more. They congratulated Indian community on Diwali and recognized their contribution in Australia.

The program was full of entertaining performances ranging from Indian to Middle Eastern to South American cultural items, with special mention of India Club Dancing Stars Team’s dance ”˜Jugalbandi.’ Audience also enjoyed another special ”˜Diwali & Harmony in Diversity’ theme dance by 7-Flavours.

Guests were pleasantly surprised when suddenly Australian Federal MP Julian Leeser, dressed in Indian attire, stood from his chair and started dancing on a Bollywood hit song ”˜Dil Kaa Maamla Hai Dilbar.’ . They were amazed at his performance; as they all applauded and cheered for him. He became everyone’s favourite overnight.  Monalisa Grover, a dance teacher had taught him the dance moves.

Shubha Kumar, President and Dr. Aksheya Kumar, Chairman founded India Club in 2004. They started celebrating Diwali in 2009 which has now  become a popular event looked forward to eagerly by the Sydneysiders. The Community Migrant Resource Centre sponsored this year’s Diwali event.  People danced on hit Bollywood songs and enjoyed sumptuous food served by Maya da Dhaba. India Club’s Diwali was a delightful, traditional, multicultural, memorable evening for India Club members, their friends and families.  People wished each other a Happy Diwali as they mixed and mingled in a truly festive atmosphere. India Club definitely raised its bar high with a lavish and a stylish Diwali celebration this year.


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