Meera Shah

Meera Shah

Traditions of India explored at Boitanio Park Thursday evening

Chi, chai and chat promises to flow freely in Boitanio Park prior to the Performances in the Park Concerts Thursday evening, Aug. 4.

Chi, chai and chat promises to flow freely in Boitanio Park prior to the Performances in the Park Concerts Thursday evening, Aug. 4.

Meera Shah, the new multiculturalism program co-ordinator at Canadian Mental Health in Williams Lake is organizing the first Harmony Swirls multicultural event for Thursday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. in front of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood stage in the park.

People are invited to try their hand at the Indian art of Rangoli (sacred chalk designs) and Ras-leela (folk dancing).

Participants are encouraged to wear something fun and bright, a gypsy skirt that is fun for twirling around in or a colourful shirt or scarf, Shah says.

“Stay out with us to enjoy live music by Perfect Match, with sitarist Mohamed Assani, maestro of classical Hindustani music, for Performances in the Park,” invites Shah.

“Imagine sitting back on the grass as the sitar swirls pools of sound into a mood of harmony, stress melts away and the heart starts to sway. Trust us, you will not want to miss out on this beautiful offering.”

If anyone would like to come a bit early to help set the scene, a hand is always appreciated, Shah says.

” And if you would like to be involved in being part of planning an upcoming cultural gathering in the park, please feel welcome to contact me.”

Shah can be contacted at 250-302-9119 or by e-mail at meera.shah@chmawl.org.