Melbourne October 30: Among many dignitaries of academic fields, a proud chairperson of Celebrate India Inc. promised a bigger and better festival of Diwali to all Victorians at the launch of a week-long extravaganza at a function organized at the University of Melbourne. Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Assistant Vice Chancellor for India, University of Melbourne and Professor Craig Jeffrey, director Australia India Institute, along with Inga Peulich a Liberal MLC and Jenny Mikakos Labor MLC graced the occasion along with many other dignitaries. They launched the festivities book detailing the week’s program and celebrated the launch with sweets.

The Victorian Festival of Diwali has showcased the best of Indian culture and has always aimed for bringing something new to the festival every year.

Diwali@Fed Square’s SING 4 DIWALI comp was run from Celebrate India Inc.’s face book, T n C are also out on the FB. Competition ran from Sat 1 September 2018 to Sun 23 Sept 2018. To participate, aspiring singers and winner recorded and sent 90 seconds singing video with a message about Diwali. That videos were WhatsApp-ed to 0409 973 563.

As the competition is cnow closed, the winners will be announced on stage.

This year, another competition – Light 4 Diwali- has been introduced from October – to decorate not only businesses but also homes – in traditional Indian Diwali colors. Winners will win amazing prizes.

Explaining this Light 4 Diwali, Arun Sharma, Celebrate India Inc. chair told BT:

“By LIGHT 4 DIWALI we are asking all Victorian Indians to illuminate their homes and Business in traditional Indian way with lights and rangoli designs etc and win some amazing prizes. We believe this is another way to share our culture with the wider communities and create an atmosphere here of India like Diwali. Top entries will be shown on the big screen.”

This year’s event is being done to help raise awareness about Cancer and thus this Diwali is going to be PINK DIWALI.

“This is for our Charity partner, Breast Cancer Foundation. We want to raise awareness about this cancer in our community and funds for the research purpose to beat this deadly disease. We want to invite the community to join by wearing something pink on the day and donate a gold coin or more for the cause”, Mr Sharma continued.

Just for the readers to know, all donations of $2 and more are tax deductible.

On Saturday November 3, one can imagine the entire Fed Square’s decorations, lights in Pink. All artists will be wearing Pink. Celebrate India is requesting the audience to come wearing pink or pink shades to support such cause and celebrate Diwali.

Come one, come all and be part of this historic Fed Square Pink Diwali 2018!                                                                                -Shalini Singh

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