Melbourne’s Springvale Reserve Hall illuminated by SSK Hindu Association’s Dusshera and Diwali festivities

A standout moment of the event was the meticulously performed Sita Swayamvar, a pivotal scene from the Indian epic Ramayana

In a brilliant celebration of cultural heritage, the SSK Hindu Association Australia, a beacon of cultural pride established just last year, held a grand Dusshera and Diwali event that attracted over 100 registered members. Dignitaries such as MP Lee Tarlamis OAM, Dandenong Mayor Eden Foster, LMATS Founder Pranay Wadyalkar, and Sentinel Management Consulting CEO Srini Vasan graced the occasion with their presence.

The festivities took place at the Springvale Reserve Hall, Melbourne marking a milestone for the association’s commitment to preserving Hindu culture in Australia. The evening was a vibrant showcase of Indian culture, featuring traditional dance, music, and a variety of engaging activities that captivated the attendees.

A standout moment of the event was the meticulously performed Sita Swayamvar, a pivotal scene from the Indian epic Ramayana, portrayed by Vijayalaxmi Rangrej. This performance not only demonstrated the participants’ acting prowess but also brought to life the ancient tale for the audience.

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The celebration went beyond performances, fostering community spirit, especially among the youth. Children’s artistic abilities were nurtured in a colouring competition, which was both a display of their imagination and a celebration of their skills. The night was further brightened by the joyful sparkle of sparklers, adding enchantment to the festivities.

Praise for the event came from MP Lee Tarlamis OAM, who applauded the SSK Hindu Association Australia for fostering cultural diversity and understanding. He highlighted the significance of Diwali and Dusshera in both religious and cultural contexts, underscoring their role in strengthening community ties.

The Mayor of Greater Dandenong, Eden Foster, also acknowledged the association’s significant contributions. She shared her personal connection to Indian culture through her parents, a sentiment that resonated with the audience and reinforced the value of cultural diversity.

Lal Katwe, the President of the SSK Hindu Association Australia, shared his pride and appreciation for the event’s success, attributing it to the hard work of the members and support from the community and the Victorian Government.

Vinay Kabadi, the Vice President, highlighted the spiritual and scientific dimensions of the festivals. He discussed how these ancient traditions hold relevance today, connecting spiritual wisdom with modern understanding.

The SSK Hindu Association Australia, named after the legendary King Kartyaveer Arjuna, carries a deep historical significance, which enriches its cultural celebrations. As the association fosters growth and cultural exchange, it not only honours tradition but also embraces contemporary insights, demonstrating the enduring relevance of Hindu festivals.

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The success of the SSK Hindu Association Australia’s event is a testament to the enduring power of cultural exchange and the unity it fosters within the community. Looking forward, the association is set to offer even more vibrant celebrations, reinforcing the Australian Hindu community’s bonds and honouring their historical roots.

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