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Diwali to be celebrated at Pelham Art Center Nov. 19 with classical and Bollywood-fusion dance, magic and hands-on art

Pelham Art Center’s 2022 Diwali celebration, which attracted more than 230 visitors.

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Pelham Art Center. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

PELHAM, NY—Pelham Art Center will host a celebration of Diwali on Sunday, November 19 from 1-3pm. This afternoon highlighting Diwali traditions and Indian culture is free, open to the public, and geared toward all ages—kids and adults alike.

This year’s program will include a classical Kathak dance performance, a Bollywood/Fusion dance performance with an interactive component, an Indian cultural magic show, and a hands-on art project where participants will have the opportunity to craft their own bejeweled paper diya, representing enlightenment, prosperity, knowledge, and wisdom.

Pelham Art Centers studios will be open for young attendees to create their own diyas, representing the divine inner light, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Performers include Kathak Dance by students of Anindita Ganguly, PhD (Swapna Dance Academy),  Bollywood/Fusion Dance by students of Heena Jain, and Indian Cultural Magic by Shreeyash Palshikar, PhD.

Diwali unites family and community with its promise of hope and joy. It is a major festival for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains, who believe that light is a metaphor for knowledge and signifies health, wealth and peace. This rich cultural celebration, also signifying light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance for all is a long-standing tradition at Pelham Art Center, where it has been celebrated for 15+ years.


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