The annual Diwali Festival was held at Cary’s beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheater on October 13. As always the event was filled with exceptionally talented local, state and international artists showcasing Indian dances, music and songs of all genres. And yes, there was delicious food as well.
A New Twist This Year
Elected officials from Cary and Morrisville have always had a ceremonial role in Diwali, typically joining US Representative David Price in bringing official greetings and lighting the traditional oil lamp. But the unwitting crowd of 7000+ experienced a first this year: participation–by way of dancing–by Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Cary Mayor Pro-Tem Lori Bush, Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley and (wait for it) NC House Representative Gale Adcock.
Each of us danced (a different dance) for about a minute with an Indian partner. My partner, Punjai Selvaraj, and I performed a Bollywood-style dance. Our 70 second dance required 4 months of weekly hour-long practices! I thought I would be nervous, but once on stage in front of such a vocally enthusiastic audience, I channeled my inner Indian princess and had a terrific time.
The photo is of me and Punjai just before we went on stage.