Arya Samaj South Africa Sari Stroll 2015
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The sixth Durban Sari stroll took place on 22 November 2015 from the Suncoast beach to the amphitheatre. The brain child of Natalie Lange, an avid collector of saris, and Kamlesh Gounden of the Arya Samaj, the event is increasingly growing in popularity. More than 1 000 women of all race group, draped in colourful saris, walked on the beachfront with the menfolk following behind.
Jeevie Naidoo, a keen social worker delivered the keynote address which highlighted what the sari symbolises. An inter racial group playing three traditional percussion instruments from their respective cultures gave a vibrant performance at the start of the formal proceedings.
Dr B Rambilass, President of the Arya Samaj SA, said the sari had its humblest beginnings as a simple length of white cloth which served as both a dhoti and sari for the indentured labourers arriving for the first time on our shores. “It’s as if the plain sari was destined to be the canvass on which the history of our people was to be written, ” he said. Today that same sari is worn with grace and pride. Our icons, the late Fatima Meer and Frene Ginwala, chose to make the sari a symbol of dignity and elegance by wearing them throughout their professional careers.
The Sari Stroll has become a firm favourite on the social events calender for Durban with numbers growing every year. It serves as a wonderful opportunity for all race groups to participate in a fun activity and build social cohesion at the same time. This is another unique project run primarily by the ladies of the Arya Samaj South Africa.
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Posted by on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 @ 10:30PM