WEST FORSYTH -- Library patrons will be able to immerse themselves in Indian culture this weekend during an annual program that is moving to west Forsyth for the first time.
The Forsyth County Public Library is hosting the third annual Diwali Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Post Road Library, located at 5010 Post Road, as part of the library’s One World Forsyth series.
“Forsyth County is lucky to be home to many cultures and diverse families. In south Forsyth, we are home to a large and active Indian community. I had several patrons suggest we host a Diwali celebration,” said Cleo Joyce, youth services supervisor at Sharon Forks. “The west Forsyth area is also home to a large Indian community, so bringing this program to Post Road was a natural choice.”
After first offering the program in 2014 in response to patron requests at the Sharon Forks Library in south Forsyth, the event will be held at Post Road for the first time due to Sharon Forks beginning an expansion and repurposing project that will limit access to the meeting room.
The event will have Indian food to sample, traditional Diawli crafts like decorating clay diyas and henna tattoos, and dance and music performances that highlight Indian culture, said Laura Bradley, program manager for the four-branch library system.
Four local arts groups will be showcased, all of which include Forsyth County students.
Darshini Natyalaya will open the event with an Indian dance performance at 2 p.m., followed by the Maya Dance Class performing three pieces with adult and youth dancers at 2:40 p.m.
At 3:20 p.m., attendees can see a classical Indian singing presented by the young singers of Classical Harmonies.
A performance by Atlanta Nritya Academy, who Bradley said being “high-energy performances featuring classical and Bollywood-style dance,” will close out the program at 4 p.m.
One World Forsyth is a series of library programs that highlight geography, cultural traditions and celebrations from around the world.
“This is my favorite event of the year to host — the energy, the performances and the positive response from the community are fabulous,” Joyce said. “Attendees will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of Indian culture and the Forsyth Indian community.”
For a full schedule of events for the Diwali Celebration, visit forsythpl.org.