Accomplished dancers will perform. Photo: AB Fotoworks

For the first time in Bendigo, the Malayalee Association is presenting an Indian Dance Fest stage show featuring accomplished performers from across Victoria.

Indian classical dances are as diverse as Indian culture and the show will include modern Bollywood performances and traditional dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi.

The emerging Malayalee (Kerala) community in Bendigo consists of around 400 members with the majority working professionally in the health sector.

The organisation operates a dance school in Bendigo and a Melbourne based teacher comes once a week to teach different Indian dance styles to students.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul,” president Shilin Roy of the Bendigo Malayalee Association said.

“There will be dances for everyone to enjoy and it will be accessible for the whole family. For many Indians dance is part of worship, for others it’s an art form, a symbol of happiness as well as a form of entertainment.”

Ms Roy added that the local dance school is hoping to attract more members.

“We currently have 22 girls in our classes which started in January of this year.

“But the dancing is wonderful for older women who want to keep their shape and it leaves you feeling calm and in control.”

The Bendigo Malayalee Association is a member organisation of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services and actively promotes the Malayalee culture and tradition in Bendigo.

The show will be held on Saturday, November 10, 6pm – 8.30pm, JB Osborne Theatre, Kangaroo Flat. Cost $15 per person Children under seven free. Book online: www.trybooking.com/YMAB