Dussehra, also known as Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. This festival is also a celebration of the Divine Feminine as it marks the killing of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. During this time preparations also take place for Diwali (the festival of lights) which is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra.
Colourful clothes and authentic food are a part of these festivals. This year Sydney based ‘U Creations’, founded by Urmi Talukdar, is organising a Dussehra Exhibition to promote ethnic wear and support women in business. The exhibition will have stallholders mainly women running small boutiques from home, showcase and sell ethnic costumes, jewellery, other items, and traditional food.
This is the first ever Dussehra exhibition to be organised in Western Sydney.
The exhibition will have more than 30 vendors who will showcase traditional women’s wear, men’s wear, kid’s wear, jewellery, shoes, clutches, gift items, puja decorations and authentic food. Shoppers can directly buy from them.
The exhibition will give an opportunity to Sydneysiders or shoppers to complete their festival shopping under one roof. There will also be ‘Fashion at Dussehra’ by models where they will showcase traditional wear from the vendors for promotion in the evening. The venue is “The Granville Centre” and the event is free beginning at 11 am and finishing at 9 pm this coming Sunday (18th September 2022).
‘U Creations’ is founded by Urmi Talukdar who arrived in Australia in 2004. Urmi started her career in National Australia Bank in 2008 and is currently a Credit Associate with the Bank. Urmi told The Australia Today that from childhood she was passionate about music, dance, art, culture, and design.
Urmi has previously been involved with theatre and is also a classical dancer. She says that classical dancing has taught her to keep learning, improving and remain motivated.
Urmi mentions that she started ‘U Creations’ with an aim to promote women in business specially those who operate from home like a small boutique.
“Opportunity in the digital world is endless and I wish to help them to reach out to their very defined customers and be successful in business and what they love to do like myself. I aim to work towards empowering and supporting women in business. If I can do it, all the mums and women out there can, too!”.