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Happy Diwali

Ravi Dwivedi - Leng (12) dazzled guests at the Diwali celebration of the Niagara Hindu Samaj with his tabla skill and got a standing ovation deservedly from the appreciative audience that even requested an encore.

Ravi, born in Montréal never had any passion for tabla until he moved to St. Catharines. He started playing tabla 3 years ago crediting his mastery of the Indian classical drum to the private lessons given by renowned tabla teacher Dr Hussain Khan.

He told Mosaic Edition in an interview after the performance while still trying to catch his breath “When you speed up at the end it is difficult.”

Ravi, born to American father and Hindu mother said he would like to perform in future before a “very big” audience.

The Diwali celebration of the Niagara Hindu Samaj attracted a cross section of the community. Non-Hindus joined their Indian friends in wearing the traditional brightly coloured saris.

Lori Anne, of Yugoslav descent told Mosaic Edition she was glad to share in the Indian culture of traditional sari. “I have friends in the Indian community and happy to celebrate the Diwali festival,” she said.

The Diwali candle was lit by Pandit Ramesh Chand Sharma after offering prayers. He told Mosaic Edition that the temple in Niagara Falls was being extended to cater for the growing number of patrons being served, “We welcome all cultures,” he said. Guests pitched in through raffle draws.

The President of the Niagara Hindu Samaj, Kamlesh Sharma gave her Diwali greetings in many languages. She also thanked those who have made contributions towards the expansion of the temple.

Guests were treated to Colours of India Choreographed by Anjali Sharma, Happy Diwali Song, Kashminiri Folk Dance, Bollywood Dance, vocal performance, piano recital and Desi Dream Dancers.

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(Story and Photos by Edward Akinwunmi)

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