Members of the University’s Bhangra Crew dance group have added a splash of colour to the city of Edinburgh’s annual Diwali festival.
Often known as the festival of lights, Diwali is an important annual event for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.
Worshipers believe it signifies the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
Inspired by the success of last year’s inaugural Diwali, the city has organised a series of events, culminating in a cavalcade and fireworks in Princes St Gardens.
The University’s Bhangra Crew performed alongside pipe bands, dancers from Scotland and abroad and some colourful decorated floats.
In this short film, the Bhangra Crew, Edinburgh Lord Provost Donald Wilson and the University’s Dean for South Asia explain the significance of the Diwali celebrations.
The University has established a wide range of partnerships and projects with people across South Asia.
In India, researchers are working closely with colleagues in a diverse array of fields. These include protecting wildlife, improving livestock husbandry techniques, developing solar power technology and stem cell research.
Students from India, Malaysia and other countries in the region form an increasingly important part of the University’s community.
The University’s India Office, located in Mumbai, develops and maintains links with a wide range of stakeholders. Among them are partner universities, government agencies, research institutions, industry and alumni.
Homepage photo of Edinburgh Bhangra crew: Copyright Lesley Martin