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Devonshire Square's Diwali Festival

7/11/2018: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, represents a fantastic opportunity for WeWork’s Devonshire Square to celebrate both its history and the 10-year anniversary of its iconic Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen.

Devonshire Square will be marking this special day by hosting in its atmospheric Western Courtyard a FREE attendance festival that showcases some of India’s most traditional visual arts, Rangoli, and a dance show performed by some of the finest Indian folk & classical dancers in UK.

During the event, which will take place on 7th November from 5pm to 7.30pm, guests will also be able to enjoy a complimentary tasting experience of Indian confectionary preparations and canapés, served with rose milk, the traditional Indian drink made with pure rose essence, courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen.

About the Rangoli artwork

The Georgian limestone flooring of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be decorated with an original Rangoli artwork created on site by award-winning Rangoli artist Miguel Rajaguru.

Rangoli is an artform originating in the Indian subcontinent in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar and other Hindu festivals. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. 

Miguel Rajaguru has created bespoke artworks for some of the most prestigious institutions both in UK and abroad. His career highlights include an installation depicting Her Majesty the Queen’s own racing horse Galileo - to mark the annual Royal Ascot event - and the largest Rangoli work ever created in South East Asia, commissioned by the Satya Sai Baba Movement in Kuala Lumpur. 

About the Dandiya Raas and Odissi Dance Show  

Renowned London-based dance organization, Akademi South Asian Dance UK, will present an Odissi and a Dandiya dance show, performed by artists from Odissi Collective and DancenBeats who will execute some of the most enlivening and visually engaging routines from the classical and folkloric Indian dance repertoire.

The Dandiya dancers will be wearing traditional colourful costumes from the Gujarat region (where the dance originated) exquisitely embroidered and decorated with mirror glass and stone beads. The performers will dance in pairs while holding Dandiyas, a pair of colourfully decorated sticks, and will be seen whirling and moving their feet and arms in an intricate choreography.

Associated mostly with harvest festivals and Navratri, Dandiya is performed to the tune of powerful and dynamic music with energetic drum beats.  

Odissi is a symbolically charged Indian classical dance originating in the Hindu temples of Odisha which combines lyrical stances inspired by temple sculptures with intricate rhythmic footwork and stylised hand gestures. 

The repertoire that will be presented in Devonshire Square will include abstract compositions which will bring to life the percussive and melodic qualities of the music, as well as dramatic pieces that represents Indian mythological stories and characters. The performance will open with a devotional item dedicated to the Matangi, the tantric form of Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and the arts, and it will continue with two traditional abstract choreographies. 

The FREE attendance event has been created, curated and organised by the Devonshire Square Customer Experience and Events Team.

Registration via Eventbrite is required.

For further information or if you have a query on the Devonshire Square’s Diwali Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Events Team on  Frontdesk@devonshiresq.co.uk .


Photo credit: © Patrizia Ilaria Sechi