Cancellation of 26th Festival of India due to COVID-19

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE  - Press Release 4-12-2020

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus, federal, state and local government directives, restricting social interaction outside the home have created an unprecedented challenge to our way of life.

We have been following the advice and guidelines from the authorities in real time; and monitoring the situation with some of our key partners. After assessing the projected outlook in the coming months, our board has recommended a change in direction of our current festival plans.

We deeply regret to announce our very difficult decision to cancel the 26th Festival of India, scheduled for July 18-19, 2020 in Belk Theater and on Tryon St. This is an extreme step of cancellation of an annual event, that has been our labor of love for the last 25+ years.

“The safety of our visitors, our performers, our volunteers and all other stakeholders, is of paramount concern to us and that is why we are taking this extreme action,” said IAC President Lal Vishin.

“We understand the pain and disruption that our community is going thru as a result of this pandemic, and hope our action will be a small step in helping control the spread of the virus. We will continue to follow all guidance from the authorities as we move forward and will keep you updated via our website (www.indiafestival.net)."

India Association of Charlotte (IAC) is working with all the festival stakeholders and exploring new dates for our next Festival of India in the Fall of 2021. We thank everyone for their understanding, patience and support, as we navigate together through these uncharted and treacherous waters in the days and months to come.

Virtual Festival of India - 2020

Presentation that highlights key facets of this annual Festival of India, that we had to cancel this year for the first time in the last 25 years, because of pandemic related challenges.

It touches on some key community service initiatives by our festival team, like -  a) The Bus Stand Project b) Anuvia Collage Project c) Covid Mask Initiative d) Big Fat Indian Wedding.

And also highlights the activities within the festival itself, by offering vignettes of various types of content like - a) Cultural Exhibits b) Indian Dance Performances b) Visual Arts c) Food/Souvenirs d) Turban/Saree & Henna Tattoos and more.

The exhibit is in nine segments and here is a link to each of those. Enjoy! 

Virtual Festival Of India 2020 Videos

 

2020 FOI Chairperson

Board

Amit Parikh aparikh@carolina.rr.com 
Ashish Mishra emishra@gmail.com
Ashrito Dayal adayal@carolina.rr.com 
Guna Kommareddi gkommareddi@gmail.com
Lal Vishin clvsue@gmail.com
Sushant Mehta esushant@davidson.edu 
Toni Sawhney toni.sawhney@gmail.com

Treasurer

Guna Kommareddi gkommareddi@gmail.com

Sponsor Liaison

Toni Sawhney toni.sawhney@gmail.com
Ashrito Dayal a1dayal@gmail.com
Kathleen Desai  kathleen.desai@baml.com
Priti Doshi pritihd@hotmail.com
Sonia Peters speters@bofa.com

Public Relations

Arun Kallikadavil arun.kallikadavil@gmail.com
Niveditha Sathyanarayana niveditanarayana@gmail.com
Himanshu Gupta himanshu0309@gmail.com
Sudev Rajah sudev@klubventures.com
Manoj Ghangas manoj.ghangas@gmail.com
Shefalee Patel shefalee.patel@gmail.com
Padma Balusu padma6104@gmail.com

City Coordination

Ashrito Dayal adayal@carolina.rr.com

Indoor Coordination

Performing Arts

Manisha Kulshrestha mkulshres@gmail.com 
Sushila Kallikadavil sushiladevi_k@yahoo.com
Sneha Shah sneha.s2@gmail.com
Manoj Singh manojmsingh@gmail.com

Kids Art Corner

Tejal Kothari tokothari@yahoo.com
Shweta Katakwar shwetakatakwar@yahoo.com

States Exhibit

Gita Ghiloria fine.art.gita@gmail.com
Neelam Jain neelamjainjain@yahoo.com 
Lakshmi Lakkadi laxmilakkadi@gmail.com
Srilakshmi Gunda srisartclt@gmail.com

Other Exhibit

Special Exhibit

Kalindi Naik kalindimnaik@gmail.com
Manu Naik manupnaik@gmail.com
Jaspal Attrey rattrey@aim.com

School Exhibits

Veena Hari veena_hari@yahoo.com
Niketa Mittal niketamanish@gmail.com
Amit Kaul kaul.amit@gmail.com
Pam Batra batra.pam@gmail.com
Maria Zancanaro marz@carolina.rr.com

Mehndi, Saree & Turban

Art Gallery

Rupam Verma rupam.rahul@gmail.com 
Sudeshna Kumar sudeshnadm@gmail.com 
Shefalee Patel shefalee@yahoo.com 

Kids Art competition

Swati Yadav swatiy16@gmail.com
Priyanka Mandal mandalpriya1@gmail.com

Charlotte Indian Idol

Rajiv Saddy rsaddy@yahoo.com

Outdoor Coordination

Deven Thaker dthaker@netdoor.com

Food Court

 Ashish Mishra ashish@mishraarch.com

Souvenir Bazaar

Poonam Singh milisingh08@gmail.com
Bharti Agrawal Bhartia14@gmail.com

Asset Management

Sushant Mehta esushant@gmail.com
Manish Mittal mittalmanish@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordination

Sakshi Kulsheshtra skul11@yahoo.com

Website Management

Rajesh Muthuraman rajesh.muthuraman@gmail.com