Mirrabooka: Naari: Aussie-Indian Women’s Expo to bring together best of two cultures


Bindiya Manchanda, Shama Yogesan, Sangita Bansal and Rajyashree Malaviya in their traditional saris. Picture: Marie Nirme
Bindiya Manchanda, Shama Yogesan, Sangita Bansal and Rajyashree Malaviya in their traditional saris. Picture: Marie Nirme

INDIAN-Australian women will be at the forefront of Naari: Aussie-Indian Women’s Expo along with food, fashion and even Bollywood dancing.

Event co-ordinator and creator Bindiya Manchanda said she got a team of 25 Indian-Australian women together to help organise Naari.

“Naari literally means women (in Hindi) and the Naari Expo is about celebrating the unique nature of being women of two beautiful cultures; Indian and Australian and the achievements of these women in their professions and also a showcase of their immense talents,” she said.

“I was born and raised in New Delhi and have volunteered with (Indian Society WA) since I got to here 27 years ago.

“My cultural heritage and rich Indian values are still part of me but I love being an Aussie and I balance the two cultures.”

Mrs Manchanda said the event would highlight traditional clothing, food stalls, modern fashion, Bollywood dance and even free health checks.

“We have free clinical health checks sponsored by the Australian Indian Medical Association with 18 female doctors running the stalls for the whole day,” she said.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital consultant anaesthetist Divya Sharma will host a public health stall at Naari supported by Diabetes WA.

Dr Sharma said she was on a mission to reduce the “disproportionate” number of people of Indian descent with diabetes and heart disease and would provide educational materials, healthy eating cards and workshop information.

Mrs Manchanda said the event would encourage younger Indian-Australians to connect with their heritage and culture.

“My vision is to make this event bigger with all four generations involved, little girls, mums and grandmothers; we want everybody to come along,” she said.

“We have opened the event to men; the catch is they have to be accompanied by a woman.

“It is open to all Aussies.”

WHEN: June 11, 11am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka
Visit: www.iswa-perth.org/naari2017/index.html

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