Magical Diwali Bubble Flash mob

A flash mob with a difference busted out moves and blew bubbles as part of the Diwali Festival celebrations in Auckland over the weekend.

On Sunday, the mob began its surprise performance with around 250 people blowing bubbles, before around 130 of them kicked off their dancing routine to 1990′s Bollywood songs. Crowds stopped and watched at the traffic lights on Queen St opposite Aotea Square.

250 people blow bubbles on Queen St as part of a flash mob routine for Diwali.Bhavesh Soni

The Auckland Diwali Festival brought Aucklanders together to celebrate and experience Indian culture with the aim of spreading some joy. Diwali is also known as the festival of light. As part of the event there had been a Diwali trail up Queen St to the square.

Last December a similar flashmob in downtown Auckland became an online hit when the video, set to a popular Indian song by Dhanush ‘Why this Kolaveri Di’, saw it featured on CNN USA  and in the Times of India. The song itself was a viral hit too – its popularity widened through social media and its quirky mix of being “Tanglish” (Tamil and English).

In March this year, a Holi flashmob at the TelstraClear Events Centre in Manukau was set to the song, ‘Sachin Anthem’ which pays tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

After the bubbles were blown, around 130 dancers busted out dance moves for Diwali.Bhavesh Soni

The bubble flashmob danced to an Indian 90s classic romantic ‘Phela Nasha’ followed by ‘May Main Toh Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha’ from Coolie No 1.

Auckland based screen-writer, film-maker and theatre artist Padma Akula, spent five months planning the mob.

“The aim was to bring random people from different walks of life to just have fun and spread joy, and it did just that.”

She says a lot of goodwill goes into the flashmob projects, that have become known as ‘joymobs’.

“The technical professionals who support the project understand the essence of it and this is their way of being part of spreading joy. Flash mobbers also understand the purpose of the joymob; have fun, make new friends and spread joy.

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