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Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 7:30:09 AM
by vincent tan
Telling a story: A dance performance by students from the Indrani dance academy.
MORE than 10,000 guests thronged Saturday’s Deepavali Open House at Batu Caves Temple. The event, hosted by the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), was held from 9am to 2pm.
Attendees were treated to a visual feast of classical Indian dancing by students from the Indrani Dance Academy in between musical interludes by performers on an ensemble of drums, wind and stringed instruments.
To mark the occasion, a large cake was jointly cut by the attending VIPs and spouses, before being distributed to guests.
For Pinggiran Batu Caves resident Jenny Choo, who went with her family, it was their first time at the Batu Caves Temple’s open house.
“My neighbours are Indians celebrating Deepavali as well, and we have visited them,” said Choo.
German volunteer Nedim, 18, and 17-year-old students Pablo Mendez and Paulina Peglow, from Costa Rica and Germany respectively, said this was the first Indian cultural festival they were attending.
“We are being hosted by families in Perak and Penang, but our hostess Prema Palamiandy took us down to see how a Deepavali open house at Batu Caves is like,” said Peglow.
Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam also attended the function. “My visit is aimed at building goodwill and good feeling within the community,” he said.
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Lifestyle, Central Region, Family & Community, Deepavali 2013; Batu Caves Open House; MIC; Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
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