Hills India Club hosts ninth annual Diwali celebration

light hearted: The event was first held in 2009. Pictured dance teacher Monalisa Grover and Berowra MP Julian Leeser. Details: indiaclub.com.au.

light hearted: The event was first held in 2009. Pictured dance teacher Monalisa Grover and Berowra MP Julian Leeser. Details: indiaclub.com.au.

The Hills Indian Club held a local event on Saturday, October 7 as part of the Hindu Diwali Festival. 

The festival of lights is held every spring in the southern hemisphere to spiritually signify the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over power. 

Festival co co-ordinater Aksheya Kumar said it was a “delightful, lively and memorable evening” with many local politicians getting involved. “Many parliamentarians attended the event including Julian Leeser and Phillip Ruddock,” he said.

“It was a good evening, about 250 people attended. Lots of people that have come before came back but there was also lot’s of new faces.”

Held at Castle Grand in Castle Hill, the event included food, traditional dancing and music. 

“The biggest surprise for everyone on the night was when Julian Leeser stood up from his seat and danced to one of Bollywood’s most famous song Dil Kaa Maamla Hai Dilber,” Dr Kumar said. “The audience stood up with a big roar of appreciation and wholeheartedly cheered Julian for his performance.”

Active Indian Club member and dance teacher Monalisa Grover taught the minister the dance steps. 

The India Club was founded in 2004 by Shubha and Aksheya Kumar and is a not-for-profit organisation of progressive people of Indian Origin and multicultural communities. 

The India Club seeks individuals who focus on serving their local community.

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