Melbourne kicked off its first in a series of Holi celebrations at La Trobe university campus on Saturday, February 28. The drizzles and cloudy outlook did not dampen the spirit of Holi, the festival of colours that was celebrated at the Academic Lawn of the university. In India, this vibrant festival heralds the onset of Spring but in Australia it takes place at the fag end of summers. However, the spirit of the festival remains intact.
Organised by Fusion Entertainments in Bundoora, the Holi mela usually celebrated at the Bundoora Park, entered its 4th year of celebration. This year the venue was relocated to the Academic Lawn of La Trobe University.
The event saw a mix of Indian crowd as well as families and students from across dozens of nations. People across the world present in Bundoora had their Facebook statuses praising the fun, joy and multiculturalism involved in celebrating Holi.
The show began at 11 am and concluded at 5pm. The event also included two brilliant performances by Bollywood dance schools in Melbourne. Nacho Nacho School of Dance by Sunalini Arya put up a solid dance show that had the audience grooving to the music and travelling through time from the 1990s to the present time. This was followed by an energetic performance by Natasha Baweja’s NB Dance troupe and dhol performance by DJ A.S.A featuring a well known percussionist Dekdrum. Various singers, Djs kept the show going and this was the first Holi event in Melbourne to kick off the season.
By Eshan Arya