Diaspora

Bhangra attracts attention in Indy Internatonal Festival

November 13, 2017 01:54 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: The three-day 41st Annual Indy International Festival conclued amidst riot of colour at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair. At the end of the lively cultural programmes presented by the artists settled here from different countries, Parade of Nations was the culmination. Each contingent carried their flags of their countries they were born.
The Sikh Community members performed bhangra with the beat of the drum (dhol) in the parade. Even visitors and members of the other communities also joined the bhangra. Sikh Educational Society made winning debut. Dr Sumeeta Bhatia was adjudged the first runner-up in fashion show.
Organized by Nationalities Council of Indiana, the day was marked by Lion Dance - Roaming, Sister Stella Basket Balancing Dance,  Free  Health screening, Sreemala’s Veena Group (India), Dans Norden and Skandilocity (Scandinavia), Joy Chinese Orchestra (China), Maryam Kiani (Persia), Irish Blessings Dancers, Mayuri School of Dance (India), Flamenco Ole (Spain), Ananya Goswami – Srishti (India), Indiana Okinawa Kenjinkai (Japan), Minyo Club of Indianapolis (Japan), Peruvian Mix Dance, Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Inc, Americas Indy Hula, Philippine Barangay Children's Dance Group, Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos, Sayaw: Philippine Cultural Dance Co. and Parade of Nations.
Besides school children, a large number of visitors throunged the venue and  visited each booth. They were provided non-non-stop entertainment,  ethnic foods and shopping opportunities. The Festival provided an opportunity to the visitors to learn arts, culture, customs and traditions of the other countries. Facilties for applying passport and getting birth certificates were also available.
Prominent community leader Kanwal Prakash Singh, International Marketplace Coalition Director Mary G. Clark, Carson Smith, Festival Manager Marife Cabaluna Callender, Pamela Hatfield Gemmer, Founder and President Indiana India Business Council  Raju Chinthala, Sumeeta Bhatia of India Association of Indianapolis and Shifting Ideas Through Education for African Women, Inc. (SITEAW) director Sister Stella Sabina, Asian American Alliance Board members Rupal Thakker Thanawala and Young-Hee Yedinak and IAI secretary Venkata Tadikonda  were among those who participated in the festival activities.

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