Rachana Natyalaya | Members Statement

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (09:43:36): I had the honour of attending Nrityanjali, the seventh annual dance concert organised by Rachana Natyalaya, the School of Indian Classical and Folk Dancing, on 25 May 2019 at the Williamstown town hall. This vibrant and joyous evening showcased the talent of over 120 students in Indian classical Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, folk and Bollywood dancing. Rachana Natyalaya is one of the leading centres for learning Indian classical, folk and Bollywood dancing in Melbourne. Their mission is to showcase the many kinds of performing arts prominent within India. Dance has traditionally been an important part of the culture in India. I was delighted to attend this event, which was full of colourful props and costumes and was a treat for the eyes and the soul. The enthusiasm that young parents in the west showed to promote participation, that in turn helps the cause of a healthy lifestyle, preserving the culture and promoting harmony and multiculturalism, was remarkable. I admire Rachana Natyalaya for their commitment to engaging and educating the youth of their culture in a manner which exhibits a colourful, vibrant and immersive outlook through song and dance. Events like these truly uphold the commitment of the Andrews Labor government to nurture Victoria’s vibrant multicultural and multifaith society. I look forward to supporting and attending more of such events in the future, and I thank Rachana Natyalaya for inviting me to this event.