Satrangi Festival of Colours and Culture has reached a milestone year after completing three years of serving the Melbourne Indian community’s cultural and musical aspirations. On reaching the third anniversary of the event, the Festival director Nawal Moudgil is ecstatic that he and his team have come a long way in successfully delivering a “meaningful platform for artistes of Indian-origin”. “Satrangi festival is dedicated to Yash Chopra. Yash Ji is the one who made Bollywood a global product. Satrangi has a lot of Bollywood in it,” said Moudgil, who takes his inspiration from Yash Chopra.
The annual festival, supported by City of Monash and Victorian Multicultural Commission, celebrates Indian music, films and dance each year in the memory of noted Bollywood Director Yash Chopra.
“Satrangi, the Seven Colors, is an Indian, Australian and Cross-cultural festival of performing and creative arts, initiated to increase the involvement of all ethnic groups in Australia, to help foster Inter-cultural awareness, understanding and unity,” added Moudgil. “We are executing a two day festival to mark the third anniversary. Satrangi will celebrate multiculturalism through music and films on 22nd May. On May 28th we have panel discussions and film screenings.”
The festival showcases the talents in the areas of Australian and multicultural films, fashion, music, dance, and drama, while encouraging participation of the whole community in celebrating and valuing cultural diversity.
This year, there will be 20 multicultural dances including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Punjabi Gidha and Bhangra, Garba, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Bollywood songs, Greece, from Greece, Chinese Nepalese, Afghan, Africans, Mauritius, Indonesians. The event will also feature a celebration of English and Lebanese music, merged with Indian and Bollywood music from films and folk songs. There will also be a fashion show where more than 20 models will walk the ramp with Debasree in a tribute to the late Bollywood film director Yash Chopra.
Calling upon the community to come forward and support the event, Moudgil said: “Satrangi is a journey in many ways. Our journey has only begun.”
The event is on Sunday, 22 May from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at 264 Clayton Road , Clayton, Victoria.