Miami Based MAIACA Welcomes Diwali with Tradition and a Modern Latin Twist

The Arts and Culture Non-Profit Organization Will Celebrate the Festival of Lights with an Evening of DIY Demonstrations

Miami, FL, October 31, 2020 --( MAIACA, Miami Association of Indian Americans for Culture and the Arts, will tweak tradition with this year's annual Diwali event. The festive Indian celebration will take on a new interactive form featuring three DIY demonstrations streamed on the weekend before Diwali. Each segment will spotlight local Miami talent providing tips and lessons on how to cook, prepare and decorate your home for the holiday. Viewers are encouraged to take part and follow along with the demonstrations in their homes. The Dreaming of Diwali event will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live on November 8th beginning at 6pm EST.

The lineup of talent for the evening event will be as follows:

First will be Chef Utpal Dighe, of Saborwala in Coral Gables, preparing two Latin/Indian fusion dishes. Chef Dighe will make his signature Samoquetas, combining samosas and croquettes along with Vegetarian Chaat Ceviche, a Peruvian ceviche dish seasoned with Chaat masala, a popular Indian spice.

Next, MAIACA Board Members, Chitra Ramakrishna, Vicky Kamlani and Sunita Bharwani, will present a home decor segment. The group will demonstrate how to arrange and display traditional Diwali decorations and provide ideas for gift giving and packaging.

Finally, South Florida Artist Indranil Ghosh will demonstrate how to design a rangoli using common household items. Ghosh will provide step by step instruction from template selection to detailed decorations.

“We all share this very auspicious time. We hope we can all come together to celebrate as one big family," said Kiron Gajwani, MAIACA’s Executive Director. “This year's Diwali will look and feel much different, but we will still celebrate the spirit of the holiday through our virtual celebration."

MAIACA will post a list of ingredients and materials that viewers can buy in advance on their Upcoming Events page. The Dreaming of Diwali DIY evening celebration will be held on November 8th beginning at 6:00pm EST. Event registration is free. Donations are gladly accepted to help cover event costs. To register or make a donation to MAIACA, please visit EventBrite.

MAIACA, Miami Association of Indian Americans for Culture and Arts, connects people who share a passion for traditional and contemporary Indian arts and culture. Established in 2018 by a group of South Florida professionals, MAIACA organizes and hosts events, showcasing and promoting diverse Indian artists and art forms. MAIACA has received grant funding and community support from Miami-Dade County, the Miami Film Festival and the Miami Foundation. MAIACA is a 501 © (3) registered non-profit organization. For more information, visit

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Kiron Gajwani
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