Blending cultures

Six-year-old Aanya Gheek moved her grandmother to tears last Friday.

They were tears of happiness though as Aanya took to the stage at the Waiuku Primary School Talent Fest, to perform a contemporary Indian dance.

Of special significance was the dress Aanya wore, which was sent over from India especially for her performance. “It is a proper traditional Lehenga Choli costume. Due to changing trends, they are now hard to find,” noted Aanya’s mum, Tanu Gheek.

Teacher, Tui Cox, commented, “Her dance was accomplished and charming and she looked exquisite.” After watching Aanya rehearse, another six-year-old was heard saying, “I wish I could marry Aanya!”

With three younger sisters to follow in Aanya’s dance steps, we’re likely to see more performances from this vibrant family.


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