On 14 November 2015, supporters of Asha gathered to celebrate Diwali at an evening of cultural luminance, kindly supported and sponsored by the Asian Executive, Pitcher Partners and the Australia India Institute.
The evening began with a somber reflection, with guests standing in silence to pray that the spirit of Diwali shines brightly once again in Paris, as our thoughts went out to the victims of the terror attacks perpetrated only hours earlier.
Guests then enjoyed Bollywood dancing with enthusiastic audience participation and a fine Indian banquet. There were excellent presentations from the newly appointed director of the Australia India Institute Professor Craig Jeffrey and Rohini Kappadath, Director Cross Border Business at Pitcher Partners and 2015 Winner, Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Award.
Australian Friends of Asha chairman Robert Johanson introduced the moving DVD “Asha Means Hope”, which motivated guests to bid on three artworks.
The proceeds of the evening will support Asha’s health and education programs.
Photo courtesy Mr Guruswamy