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Culture is important, says singer

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, May 28, 2012

CULTURE and traditional values in Fiji are still being preserved and respected by its people, says Indian folk singer Malini Awasthi.

Awasthi said the Fijian lifestyle was uniquely structured where their true identities were observed and appreciated.

She made the comment while performing live on stage in front of more than 200 people at Labasa Civic Centre over the weekend.

“I have noticed that Fijians also remember God even before they have their meals, which is something very special because it shows that they still have strong faith in their culture,” Awasthi said. “Culture is a universal phenomenon and I believe it’s only proper for all races to respect it because it reflects our true identity.

“While the modern era is associated with the change in lifestyle and behaviour, one must remember that culture and tradition are the two important pillars that will keep us in contact with our roots.”

Awasthi said her performance throughout the world had enabled her to portray the richness of Indian culture. “It’s all about knowing where we come from that will show the world who we really are.”