Digital Diwali

5th – 15th November 2020

A free, online celebration of the Indian Festival of Lights – creating a cultural connection across Greater Manchester

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Workshops & Activities

Join us in a Zoom room and take part in a variety of workshops, including dance, and Konnakol with a nationally renowned artist.
Whether you’re already a dance or percussion enthusiast or have two left feet, these are suitable for all ages and abilities.

We invite everyone to participate in the programme, which they can do in a number of ways.

1. Courtesy or Greater Manchester Combined Authorities and Walk the Plank, from the 2nd Nov our Project Partners Bolton Hindu Forum, Indian Association and The Met in Bury, will have 100’s of make at home lantern kits for families across Bolton, Bury and Oldham. These can be delivered straight to your doorstep. Each lantern can be decorated in their own unique way.

They take around 90 minutes to create. View our lantern making tutorial video and let our artist show you how it is done. We ask families who have taken part in making these lanterns to join hundreds of others across Greater Manchester at 7.30 pm on 14th November, and take to their doorsteps and display their lanterns.

2. Indian classical / folk workshops with internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Kali Chandrasegaram (8th & 14th November)

3. Sheetal Maru Indian Folk Dance workshop (13th November 6 pm till 6.45 pm)

4. Drum / Konnakol workshop with Prathap Ramachandra (8th & 14th November).

5. We are providing the opportunity for professional, semi-professional or aspiring dancers, artist, musicians across Greater Manchester to be part of the programme.

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Programme Highlights

'Colours of India' with Sheetal Maru

Friday 13th November 2020, 6pm - 6.45pm

Milap’s artist in residence, Sheetal Maru, takes you on a colourful dance journey across India.

Whether you’re already a dance enthusiast or have two left feet, this class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Expect a fun workout and an introduction to authentic Indian dance styles, providing a sense of community and improved wellbeing. Bring dandiyas and scarves if you have them – we can’t wait to dance with you!

Check the Facebook Event for more info.

Quilling Rangoli - Arts Workshop with Mrs Taruna Shah

Saturday 14th November, 12.30pm - 1.15pm

Join us in a Zoom room and take part in Quilling Rangoli. Quilling is the art of rolling and scrolling fine strips of paper to make a design.

Rangoli is a fabulous mindfulness craft that creates beautiful things. A wonderful way to install calm and thoughtfulness to Diwali.

All you need is colourful strips of paper, crafts glue and white car.

And tools to help: Tooth picks, scissors, duck tape, ruler and a pencil.

Check the Facebook Event for more info.

Kali Chandrasegaram - Classical / Folk dance workshop on Zoom

Sunday 8th November 3pm - 3.45pm and Saturday 14th November, 1.15pm - 2pm

Originally from Malaysia, Kali Chandrasegaram is a key artist in the UK Contemporary South Asian dance scene and has worked for many of the genre’s leading companies.

Trained in South Asian classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak – and in Western contemporary dance genres, he uses these styles as springboards to venture into greater possibilities.

Check the Facebook Event for more info.

Prathap Ramachandra - Internationally acclaimed South Indian Percussionist

Saturday 14th November, 2pm - 2.45pm

Prathap specialises in playing Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjira and also rendering Konnakool (rendering percussion syllables orally). He started his career as a performer at a very young age.

Over the last two decades in British music his musical journey consists of accompaniment to world-renowned artists from India and abroad, his cross-cultural collaborations in music and dance have allowed him to craft an interesting approach to Indian rhythms.

His unique approach to percussion ideas has lead to the creation of his own band “Rhythm Yatra” which can be translated as “Journey of Rhythms” showing a flamboyant side of Indian Classical Music.

Prathap has taken his sounds to some of the biggest stages in the world and has performed in some of the biggest festivals around the globe.

Check the Facebook Event for more info.


Online participation for all the family.

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Music & Dance

Live classical and contemporary dance.

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9 days of stories from the Ramayana for all ages.

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Fiery Headline Show

A live-streamed spectacle, celebrating light over darkness.

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