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

 

Food at the Festival

The cuisine of India is very diverse. The regional food platter varies significantly from state to state.  These differences  have developed over millennia and have been shaped by local food availability, religious beliefs and customs but also by interactions with other cultures. Mughalai cuisine, for instance, was born out of the mingling of food in the north-western part of the subcontinent and Persian cooking carried in by early Mughal rulers. Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.

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Gastronomical delights of India  are characterized by their richly textured taste resulting from an extensive use of various spices and herbs. Around 30% of Indians are vegetarian and therefore vegetarian dishes are greatly emphasized in Indian cuisine. In addition, a variety of dishes involving sea food, chicken and mutton are also an integral part of the cuisine. 

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In big part, the choice of food is determined by geographical locations (whether a region is close to the sea, desert or the mountains), and economics. Traditional Indian cuisine is also seasonal, and utilizes fresh produce.

Our attempt at the Festival is to present a sampling of most popular items from each of the four regions of the country.

(If you are interested in being a food vendor at the festival, please register by following the link below)