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Indian News Queensland - December 2019 Vol 3 Issue 3

Lalitha Kalalaya School of Bharatanatyam organised the cultural dance show 'Shakti -- the Primordial Cosmic Energy' on November 9 at Sunpac, Sunnybank. The musical dance drama by the students of Lalitha Kalalaya Bharatanatyam portrayed the confluence of tri-Shakthi energy – Goddess Lakshmi bestowing prosperity, Goddess Saraswathi knowledge and Goddess Parvathi power. Dancers from various age groups demonstrated brilliant dancing skills, in the process exhibiting the excellence of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form from Tamil Nadu. It was indeed a rare opportunity for Australians and multicultural communities to experience the cultural show in Brisbane. Dance and music appeal Musical dance drama Shakthi spellbinds spectators to everyone beyond boundaries and regardless of cultural background, and the guests were spellbound with the various performances. The spectacular theatrical performances were witnessed by many dignitaries and local VIPs, including Aunt Peggy Tidyman, Aboriginal Elder who delivered a heartfelt speech, Mrs. Archana Singh, Honorary Council of India in Queensland, Senator Paul Scarr of Liberal Party of Australia, Cr Jonathan Sri of Gabba Ward, Cr Steven Huang of Macgregor Ward, Cr Paul Bishop and Cr Tracey Huges of Redland City Council, Mr Palani Thevar, Mrs Uma Guduru, president of Queensland Telugu Association, Mr. Surendra Prasad OAM, president of Fiji Senior Citizens Association, Mr Sri Jeyanthira Kumar, president of Tamil Association of Queensland, Mr Lewis Lee OAM, Mr Umesh Chandra and Mrs Usha Chandra, Dr Ram Mohan, president of FICQ, Mr Lee Gerchow, principal of Macgregor State School, Mr Anthony Shorten, Mr John Prescott, Mr Trent Mc Tiernan, Mr Elijah Buol OAM, Mrs Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, Dr Sonu Hikerwal, Mr Carl Wu, Mr Edward Lin and Mrs Susan Yang. The event was organised with the support of Lord Mayor’s Community Fund and Cr. Steven Huang, Macgregor Ward. The certificates for all the performers were provided by Cr. Angela Owen, Calamvale. "We would like to express our special thanks to Cr. Angela Owen for having provided us with the certificates to all the performers," said Padmalakshmi Sriram, one of the organisers of the event.

One of the classical dance groups posing off-stage

Mrs Archana Singh, Hon Consul of India (middle), flanked by other dignitaries

Palani O Thevar (middle) with Elijah Buol (left), Trent McTiernan (2nd left), Lewis Lee (2nd right) and Umesh Chandra (right)

Classical Indian dancers enacting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on stage