Nights and days of dance

Dancing at the Navrang opening event on October 5.
Dancing at the Navrang opening event on October 5.

PERTH’S Hindu community is in the midst of celebrating its Navratri, or nine nights festival, with events running up to this weekend.

Sweet Melodies event co-ordinator Lalitchandra Doolabh said Navrang 2013 would be a celebration of the yearly Gujarati calendar event.

Mr Doolabh said the band, whose members live in Darch, Clarkson, Tapping, Carramar and Madeley, would perform in four events over two weekends, including at the Vasto Club in Balcatta this Friday and Saturday.

‘During these nine nights and 10 days, nine forms of our Goddess are worshipped,’ he said.

‘Navratri is a very important and a major festival in Gujarat, India, during which the traditional dance of Gujarat called Garba is widely performed by all members of our community.’

Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins attended the opening Navrang event for the festival at the Sicilian Club, in Balcatta, on October 5.

With 650 people attending each event at the Vasto Club, Mr Doolabh said they hoped to raise at least $4000 each for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Diabetes WA. Call 0438 903 667 for tickets to the October 11 event.