Key terms and phrases

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

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

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

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