Party Puts the Spotlight on Desi Culture

October 25, 2006

Author: Katie Rook

Source: National Post

Young Indo-Canadians' affectionate fusion of Indian and Western culture will be celebrated tonight at a Diwali party that puts a contemporary spin on the Hindu New Year.

No longer content to celebrate at home or GTA banquet halls, artists, designers, entrepreneurs and friends will meet over sweets, hors d'oeuvres and bhangra-inspired beats at a downtown restaurant.

Diwali Fusion is born of an emerging confidence about what it means to be "Desi" -- as South Asians often refer to themselves, says event organizer Sonya Bhatia.

The 25-year-old, one of a group of Canadian-born conduits of a new culture, has opened Sadharana Communications, an agency promoting Desi culture -- and not only to Desis.

"I see Indian culture in evolution," she says. "Having grown up in Canada, I realized that we as Indo-Canadians have a beautiful opportunity to be exposed to a blend of cultures and ideas."