Diwali festival celebrates vibrant Indian culture alive in Auckland
A rock-infused, Bollywood band helps close the gap between Indian and Kiwi culture on stage at Auckland Diwali Festival this weekend.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil, hope over despair and light over darkness.
Nasha is a unique Indian-Kiwi band based in Auckland's North Shore, mashing Bollywood beats with western rock and pop classics.
"Kiwi's need to learn more about Indian culture aside from just the food," said Nasha musician Mark Pinto de Menezes.
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"The Indian and Kiwi communities need to integrate more," he said.
"Integrating the two genres of music represents the integration of cultures.
"We should be inviting Kiwi's [to our culture] and opening up Bollywood music to them."
Bollywood songs are still sung in Hindi, but listeners don't necessarily need to understand the lyrics to participate, he said.
"They can still enjoy the vibe and the feel of it."
"It's pop with an Indian beat," he said.
Auckland Diwali Festival is a free, family-friendly festival hosted by Aotea Square, October 14 and 15.
A fireworks display will close the event, October 15.