LAGUNA WOODS, CA - The India Association of Southern California and the India Club of Laguna Woods presented mega Diwali show on Sept.28 at the Club House here. The colorful event saw the exhibition hall fill with the sounds of live music as vendors sold jewelry, clothing and gift items, among other things.
The entertainment segment opened with the spotlight on ladies holding candles in their hands signifying that Diwali, was the festival of lights. A special item was presented by Udita Dance Academy in homage to Rabindranath Tagore to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary.
The highlight was the play on the Ramayana. Diwali centers around the life of Lord Rama and IASC staged the enactment of vignettes from the epic. Written and directed by Kamini Khare, it was presented in three acts including the Shabari Pathshala, the exile of Lord Rama, thanks to the scheming queen Kaikeyi, and the kidnapping of Sita by the demon king Ravana. Given that a number of the audience was non-Indian, organizers took time to explain the play in English to the audience. Students of several SoCal dance schools presented items including Vijaya Bhanu’s school of dance, Letz Dance School and Gopuram folk dance group. There was also bhangra from San Diego, Kathak fusion and Bollywood dance. Rupsi Burman and Ramesh Ramnani were the emcees.
Avadhesh and Uma Agarwal who have been patrons of IASC for long were thanked, along with all the other sponsors.