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Lantern at centre of Diwali light festival

By Patrick Nelson

A traditional Indian dance at the Diwali Festival in Alice Springs. Photo: Tarun Soni A traditional Indian dance at the Diwali Festival in Alice Springs. Photo: Tarun Soni

The spicy flavours of Indian cuisine and the bright colours of sub-continental fashion permeated Alice Springs campus during an evening of Diwali festivities at the Desert Lantern Restaurant recently.

It was a night in which about 200 members and supporters of the rapidly growing Indian community in Central Australia made their own.

Charles Darwin University Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons said he was delighted that the Alice Springs Indian Community Association accepted the offer to hold its first official celebration at the campus restaurant.

“This was a very good example of how the university can engage with the community and have the community engage with us,” he said.

“We would welcome them again next year, along with other ethnic or cultural groups seeking to reach into the community.

“We’ll do what we can to facilitate a broader level of cultural understanding at a community level.

“We are here to drive social and economic development in the Territory.”

Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is an annual five-day Hindu celebration of prosperity and knowledge, marking the victory of good over evil.