SANTOSHI Ramarathinam has blossomed since she became a North West Disability Service client last year.
When she joined in January 2013, the severely autistic 19-year-old, who a hearing impairment and no speech, would hide behind her mother when meeting new people.
Today, Santoshi enjoys new company just about every day.
"The fear is gone," said Santoshi's mother Akila Ramarathinam, 51. "Every day, she gets a new carer — and that's what we wanted. She's very cheerful and eating well, there's improvement in every area. You can see just by her behaviour she's happy to be there."
The Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia has invited community members to a May 24 fund-raiser at the Redgum Function Centre, Wentworthville, to enjoy an evening of classical Hindu dance, music and vegetarian food and raise funds for a worthy cause.
"The aim is an intercultural event," Mrs Ramarathinam said.
Choreographer Hamsa Venkat, of Kings Langley, said dancers from Lalor Park's Samskriti School of Dance will perform the ancient Indian dance of Bharathanatyam, accompanied by music from Krishna Ramarathinam, Pallavan Nagendran and Varun Ramakrishnan.
■Tickets: Adults, $25; concession, $20; children under 5, free. Details: 9686 4155.