WHEN the South West Indian Group was first formed in Bunbury in 2012, it consisted of five families coming together to celebrate the culture.
In 2014, it has grown to 160 families – about 55 of Indian origin and the rest from all over the globe.
The group’s growth has been mirrored in its annual Diwali Festival of Lights event, which has gone from strength to strength in its three year life.
Group president Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh said more than 500 people attended last year’s Diwali and the November 1 event is expected to be even bigger.
“This year we have put more of a focus on Indian classical dances and songs,” Dr Ramesh said.
“But the line-up will also include professional bhangra dances, bollywood fusion dances, rangoli, henna and much more.”
WA treasurer and multicultural minister Dr Mike Nahan will be the chief guest of honour at the event along with many local dignitaries including Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, Member for Forrest Nola Marino and City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.
The event was made possible by a City of Bunbury grant.
It will be held at the South West Italian Club on November 1 from 5pm to 8.30pm.
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CAP: Bunbury Senior High School Year 11 student Sneha Mishra has performed at the Diwali Festival of Lights every year since it came to the city three years ago.