Minnesotans Experience “India In A Day” At IndiaFest At the State Capitol Grounds
On August 19, 2017, the state of Minnesota woke up to celebrate India - its rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture with gusto and enthusiasm – without ever stepping out of the state. This year the festival was bigger and better than ever with a number of quality community performances: three well known Indian classical dance groups, two local bands from the twin cities and a popular Acapella group, SAMAA from Chicago. The festival also included delectable Indian cuisine from six local restaurants, foot-tapping live Bollywood music, yoga, exhibits, cultural displays, and a large bazaar.
Congressman Eric Paulsen was the honored chief guest and hoisted the flags of the two nations.
At IndiaFest 2017, India Association of Minnesota (IAM) proudly awarded six student scholarships. To further add to the festivities, a lively parade went around the Capitol Grounds showcasing India’s diversity and culture with pomp and show.
Below are a few of the highlights from the festival, which was attended by an estimated 40,000 people from all walks of life:
Food: Delicious cuisines from six Twin Cities Indian restaurants including: The Copper Pot, Bawarchi, Paradise Biryani Point, Surabhi Indian Restaurant, Bay Leaf and Hyderabad Grill
Dance: Minnesota’s three Indian Classical dance groups performed at IndiaFest. Kathakali, from Kerala, was performed for the first time this year. Festival-goers also got to enjoy Classical, Semi-Classical, Bollywood and regional solo and group performances
Music: A DJ, two popular local bands and an Acapella group from Chicago entertained the music lovers
Exhibits: Various booths with traditional decorations, activities, and displays of culture from various regions of India showcased the diversity of India’s 29 states
Activities: Fun activities for adults and kids of all ages - henna, face painting, kite flying, chess, cricket, plus, yoga and meditation
Bazaar: The shops featured traditional Indian clothing, jewelry and accessories
Student Scholarships: Six scholarships were awarded to local students
Raffle Drawing: Giveaways from Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and many others
It was exciting to witness the diversity and vitality of the people who attended the event. IAM, the festival organizers, offers a HUGE thank you to the community and sponsors for its success and look forward to your continuing collaboration and contribution in the near future.
India Association of Minnesota was established in 1973, is a non-profit organization, and strives to build a strong and cohesive community of Asian Indians. We are proud to represent the 50,000+ Asian Indians who call Minnesota home.