SBS language | Indian culture lights up the back streets of Liverpool on Starry Sari Night

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The festival, which took place in Sydney’s western suburbs from May 20-22, was a complete light-camera-action package.

Highlighting the diverse cultures of the Indian subcontinent, the event also celebrated the re-opening of markets and drew large crowds despite persistent rains.


Strong points

  • Starry Sari Night in Liverpool provided an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their offerings in glamorous style.
  • The event returned to the community after six years.
  • People thronged to the festival despite the rainy weather.

The main attraction of the event was the fashion show showcasing all the glitz and glamor of Indian design.

Models run the ramp showcasing the creations of local business owners at Starry Sari Night.

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Altaf Hussain, affectionately known as ‘Altaf Tailor’, started his business in Liverpool after completing his fashion design course. He designed special clothes for the event and asked his clients to model for him.

“After COVID-19, businesses and customers needed this kind of boost. It was a great opportunity to connect with old customers and attract new ones from across Australia,” said he declared.

Models run the ramp showcasing the creations of local business owners on Starry Sari Night.

Models run the ramp showcasing the creations of local business owners on Starry Sari Night.

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Heena Surti launched her Indian clothing and jewelery business in Liverpool in 2010. Her daughter, Yukta, starred in her collection at the fashion show.

She said, “It took us months to design and prepare the entire collection for our fashion show. My team has supported me throughout this journey. I feel great today.”

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Visitors enjoy a photo in front of the fashion show ramp at Starry Sari Night.

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Mr Hussain and Ms Surti agreed Starry Sari Night was just the boost Liverpool’s economy needed at this time.

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Pav Dharia performs at Starry Sari Night.

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Pav Dharia is an internet sensation among young Hindi-Punjabi music lovers in Australia. He had settled in Liverpool on his first migration to Australia.

The pop singer was the headliner of the evening.

“It’s nostalgic to return to the Liverpool community and perform here. The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, especially the artists, but now is the time to look to the future,” a- he declared.

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Dancers from the Ekta Creative Dance Studio just before performing a classical Bengali dance at the festival.

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As a captivated crowd feasted on Pav’s music, restaurateur Ramji said the event brought him many new customers.

“The pandemic has left us relying solely on our loyal clientele and deliveries. This event has attracted foodies from all over Sydney which has given us a whole new clientele.”

Liverpool resident Trisha attended the event for the first time. She was there to support a friend who was taking part in the fashion show.

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Trisha and her group of friends attended the Starry Sari Night festival for the first time.

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Meanwhile, Rukeshma attended this event for the second time.

Both felt it was a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures of the Indian subcontinent.

“The colors and the ‘swoosh’ of the dresses here are amazing! I love it!” Trisha said.


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