Society seeking members


As the Indian community in South Canterbury grows, the South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society wants to reach out to all people of Indian heritage.
The society is calling on all people of Indian descent to come together in the spirit of a large family, to celebrate Indian festivals and cultural heritage, to become members of the society and participate and enjoy cultural functions.
Spokeswoman Geeta Muralidharan said the society was inviting Indians to suggest creative and interesting ideas to enrich cultural events.
The committee is hosting a cultural get together for South Canterbury’s Indian community on Sunday, July 17 between 2pm and 5pm at the Te Aiterakihi Marae.
The event will include a Bollywood movie, a talk by visiting Indian yoga master Bharat Gupta and refreshments.
‘‘We may all have arrived in different ships, but we brought to this land and to this country, a rich and common cultural heritage and strong values of friendship, peace, love, respect, understanding and generosity of spirit.
‘‘We settled in, and have gradually become a part of the diverse social and cultural fabric of a pluralist society we now call as our home.’’
She said as a part of the settling in process, there was a deep-felt need in the Indian community to recognise, cherish and celebrate its rich culture and ethnic identity.
‘‘This deep-felt need found expression in the creation of a cultural identity which was named as the South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society.’’
The society was registered as a non-profit organisation in 2012 to support the Indian community living in South Canterbury, through social and cultural activities.
Since its inception, the society has organised various cultural festivals and functions including celebrating Diwali, Holi, Navratri, Rakhi, and Baisakhi and Indian Independence Day. – Anyone wanting more details is asked to or contact committee members Geeta on 0275 655-234 or Shailesh Modi on 0210 444-835.
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