Festival of colour makes big splash

Holi Colours festival at the Memorial Hall in St Annes.  Yash Shah (front) with other dancers.
Holi Colours festival at the Memorial Hall in St Annes. Yash Shah (front) with other dancers.
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A VIBRANT display of song and dance came to the Fylde coast to celebrate the Festival of Colours, or Holi.

Pupils from the classical dance, singing and Bollywood classes at the Nritya Sangam Sunday school performed at the Indian festival at the Memorial Hall on Great Alban’s Street, St Annes.

The show was a culmination of work the classes have been doing during the last term at the school, which meets at the Oxford Centre on Whitegate Drive.

Director and principal Madhvi Chabba-Moudgil said: “It was absolutely fantastic and wonderfully vibrant.

“The students have a platform to perform what they have learned to their families, friends and the wider community.

“While we are an Indian and Hindu cultural school, the festival celebrates all faiths throughout the world and we have students from all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds. It’s a place where everyone belongs.

“Events like this are a wonderful way to break through barriers and bring people together in such a way.”

Madhvi said each term the school based their end of term performances on an upcoming Indian Festival.

Holi, which is tomorrow, is a Hindu spring festival.

Madhvi added: “These events makes me proud of the students, but even more than that, I am touched and overwhelmed by the support we have had not just from the students but from their families as well.

“The support comes not just from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre but from across the country.”

Meanwhile, fun, play, music, dance and an Indian vegetarian buffet was the order of the day when more than a hundred Hindus and their friends gathered to celebrate Holi at LSA Technology and Performing Arts College.

The morning began with a traditional prayer by children following which the assembled audience was entertained by singing as well as dancing in both the Indian classical and Bollywood styles.

MP Paul Maynard, who was a guest at the event, formally launched a new school, known as Bal Vikaas (Blossoming of the Child), which will provide spiritual teachings.

The Fylde Coast Hindu Society organized the event. Society chairman Ashok Khandelwal said: “We celebrate Hindu festivals every year in order to teach our children of their heritage, to preserve our culture and also to share it with people of other faiths and groups living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.”