Last month, Award-winning dancer Arunima Kumar conducted a fantastic workshop for local children between 3-10 years to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali 1

Hosted at the Saatchi Gallery on October 5th, the educational workshop was packed with a series of  fun-filled learning activities in art, craft, drama and dance to spread the message of the victory of good over evil.

Children wore ethnic clothes and learnt several activities like clay lamp (Diya) painting, mask making , puppet theatre on Ramayana, the mythological story of King Rama and his Queen Sita and finally Indian classical and Bollywood dancing.

Diwali 4The highlight of the event was the installation of a Giant Ravana, the demon king with 10 heads.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough,  Councillor Condon-Simmonds was the guest of honour, meeting the children and parents to congratulate them on their beautiful performance. Councillor Linda Wade was also present and encouraged the children to learn and spread the message of Diwali. Over 40 children from all communities and nationalities attended the workshop, through which Arunima aims at bringing diversity in arts in the borough.  Diwali 2

For information and bookings on similar workshops , email arunimakumar@hotmail.com or kuchipudi.akdc@gmail.com 
Photographs produced with the permission of Arunima KumarDiwali 3

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