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Malakai Kauwale and Viliame Tui courageously hung on to their passion for Indian classical dancing despite criticisms thrown at them. They were part of the Fusion Dance Group under the
30 Jan 2017 11:00
Kauwale, Tui Wow Crowd
Malakai Kauwale (left), and Viliame Tui (right) with fellow Fusion Dance Group members on stage during the 68th Republic of India Day celebration on Saturday night. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Malakai Kauwale and Viliame Tui courageously hung on to their passion for Indian classical dancing despite criticisms thrown at them.

They were part of the Fusion Dance Group under the Indian Cultural Centre on Saturday night that took the stage by storm during the commemoration of the 68th Republic Day of India in Suva.

They performed Indian classical dance mixed with meke, modern dances and a touch of Chinese moves.

Mr Tui, 26, from Bua said it was his passion for dancing that led him to join the group.

Mr Tui said their friendship developed whilst they were at tertiary.

“I love the Indian classical dances and it has taught me so much in life especially time management,” 23-year-old Mr Kauwale of Vatoa, Lau, said.

He has been with the group since 2014.

“I believe that in the eyes of God and for that we should stop discriminating other ethnicities,” he said.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after the event hailed them for their participation.

Even though Mr Kauwale had the full support of his family, there were people who criticised him.

“I didn’t care about what people said about me taking part in Indian dances but I used that to motivate me, I always learn to be positive,” he said.

Mr Kauwale said being part of Fusion Dance Group opened more opportunities for him.

“I am able to travel with the group around the country and showcase our dances. It is aimed to depict peace in a multicultural society,” he said.

“I hope to one day showcase my talent at international level and to tell the world that yes I am a proud iTaukei who can perform Indian classical dances,” he said.

Mr Tui said they aimed to bridge the gap between other ethnicities in Fiji through dancing.

“I hope to one day showcase my talent through Fiji’s tourism industry. The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, even hailed us for our dancing because it’s unusual for iTaukeis performing an Indian classical dance and it’s an honour to be recognised by him. It’s a motivation for us,” he said.

He has no intentions of giving up his dancing career just because of negative comments from people. But push him to reach new heights in life.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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