THE Hindu community of B.C. last Sunday organized a cultural awareness event to highlight various aspects of the Hindu civilization — from ancient Indian math and education to yoga and divinity – at Surrey’s Bear Creek Elementary School. Sunder Rajan gave a presentation on “India – An Ancient Civilization in a Modern World.”
More than 300 visitors, both Hindus and non-Hindus, registered to participate in the three-hour-long vibrant and fun event. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, Labour Minister Harry Bains, MP John Aldag, Surrey councillors Allison Patton, Brenda Locke and Linda Annis, former minister Dr. Gulzar Cheema and RCMP Staff-Sgt. Jag Saran were among those who were present.
Besides an informative and attractive exhibition, there were dance performances that showcased India’s rich, diverse cultures: Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, Ghoomer of Rajasthan, Bhangra and Gidhha of Punjab and Bharatanatyam of ancient India.
Hindu leader Parshotam Goel of HSS said, “We had an overwhelming response from the community beyond our expectations.” He added that this event gave them the confidence to hold a series of such exhibitions in different cities of BC to create awareness and meaningful participation.