Saturday, April 18, 2009
Back for a day - the Talanoa Exhibition
Despite my desire to be quiet for a while, I think the launch of the Talanoa Fiji exhibition in Melbourne this afternoon is worth talking about. It was a delightful experience to meet up with more than two hundred Fiji people, many we know, some new faces, see fine traditional dancing, enjoy meeting one another, then viewing the exhibition about Fiji people migrating to Australia, particularly to Victoria. Peceli was one of the leaders of the opening prayers which he led in Hindi, Fijian and English. Other leaders in prayer were Pandit Abhay Awasthi and Mr Barkat Ali. The Master of Ceremonies were Neitani Coriakula and Miss Arti Nandan and other speakers were Vijay Dalipram, Audrey Dropsy and Torike Sanerive. The meke ni yaqona vakaturaga was performed by the youth from the Fiji community in Chadstone and the seasea dance by former students of Adi Cakobau School. The launcher was the Deputy High Commissioner from Canberra. Bale Sigabalavu was one of the organizers.
We barely talked about the current situation in Fiji, just talked about old times and what life is like as migrants today. The formalities included speeches and a meke ni yaqona. Informal moments were plentiful as the afternoon wore on, with spontaneous dancing as we all know happens and a Fijian guy, Inoke, singing a very funny Hindi song. Other singers were Joseph Chetti and Lani who sang 'Imagine' by John Lennon.
The way the world should be, absolutely.
More photos are on the Geelong Visual Diary blog.