Key terms and phrases

Bhangra:
A type of popular music combining Punjabi folk traditions with Western pop music

Bollywood dance:
Inspired by the elaborate dance sequences of India’s Bollywood movies, this is a fusion of traditional Indian dance styles with Western influences from hip-hop and contemporary to Latin and jazz

Carnatic music:
The main style of classical music in southern India, as distinct from the Hindustani music of the north

Hindustani music:
The north Indian style of Indian classical music, a tradition that originated in Vedic ritual chants and has been evolving since the 12th century CE

Kathak dance:
A type of northern Indian classical dance, with alternating passages of mime and dancing

Sitar:
A large, long-necked Indian lute with movable frets, played with a wire pick

Tabla:
A pair of small hand drums, one of which is slightly larger than the other and is played using pressure from the heel of the hand to vary the pitch

Food:
Stalls at the Auckland Diwali Festival sell dishes like bhel puri, sambar, aloo tikki chaat, butter paneer, masala dosa, gulab jamun and kulfi ice cream