Diwali: Festival of Lights

Media Advisory
October 2, 2017

Cupertino Community Hall, October 7 @ 1 p.m.

WHO:   The Cupertino Library is pleased to present this year’s Diwali: Festival of Lights program celebrating the rich heritage of India through music and dance.
 
Organized by the Cupertino Rancho Indo-American Association, this year’s performance features: Habib Khan School of Music; Hemant Thakkar flute maestro; Anjali Natya School of Dance: Bharatanatyam; Madhuri Kishore School of Kuchipudi; Sahiyar Gujarati Dance troupe: Garba; and the Pampa Dance Academy: Kathak & Bharatanatyam.

WHAT: Ramayana artistic director Rebecca Ennals, from the SF Shakespeare Festival, will present a short talk on the upcoming youth production of “Ramayana”.  The discussion will include selected scenes from the upcoming production. A Diwali music and dance showcase will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 7 and showcase performances from local music and dance school groups.  A Diwali-related crafts for younger children will be held during the festival.

WHEN/WHERE
October 7, 2017
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
 
1 p.m.-Scenes from upcoming “Ramayana’ youth production presented
2-5 p.m.-Music and Dance Showcase
 
WHY:  Featuring talented local youth who honor their heritage through classical art forms, Diwali: Festival of Lights provides a great opportunity to experience Indian classical music and dance and gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural traditions associated with this cherished Hindu festival.

WHO:  Free and open to everyone, the festival will be held from 1-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
 
ABOUT:  A five day festival celebrated in the fall by millions of people across the world, Diwali’s main premise is the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival is observed and celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

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