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Asian cultural group celebrates with dinner and dance show

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 10:50 am by Nikki Hallur

Bradley Stoke residents take prominent roles in Asian cultural celebration.

South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) Dinner and Dance Show.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) celebrated its fourteenth year since inauguration in 1999. To mark the occasion, the cultural group held a dinner and dance show in Elm Park, Filton on Saturday 26th January; this was an important date for Indians everywhere as it was also Republic Day in India. Young Indians and British Asians celebrated their cultural roots through a variety of performances, and prominent figures of the local community were invited to attend, including Cllr Janet Biggin (Chair of South Gloucestershire Council), Cllr Tom Aditya (Bradley Stoke Town Councillor) and the Honourable Robert Bernays OBE (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire).

Mridula and Nivedita performed a  Bharatnatyam dance.

The array of music and dance was almost as wide ranging as the variety of colours worn by guests, from vibrant pink and purple ‘sarees’, to turquoise and saffron ‘salwaars’. Children as young as seven showcased their talent by performing Bollywood dances as well as playing Indian instruments such as the ‘veena’. Young dancers Mrindula Hirimagalur (aged 13) and Nivedita Prasad (aged 16) did an extraordinary Bharatnatyam performance, which they had been taught by Nivedita’s mother, Dr. Vasumathi Prasad. Dr. Prasad was the Programme Co-ordinator for the evening’s performances, and she runs Indian dance classes on Saturdays at Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford.

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