Festival of India 2021 within CharlotteSHOUT!

CharlotteSHOUT! is a multi-week cultural festival designed to showcase the Charlotte community by celebrating its creativity and innovation through art, music, food, and ideas. Located primarily in Uptown. CharlotteSHOUT! features curated programming by Charlottens born here, and also those who have immigrated from many other countries and call Charlotte home. This year CharlotteSHOUT! will be held from September 17 – October 3, 2021.

The Festival of India, held annually in Charlotte, was cancelled last year, and it was a painful decision for us that we had to make for the first time in 25+ years, due to the raging pandemic. One of the challenges about doing our Festival of India this year, has been our continued struggle with gauging visitor sentiment on attending big events, particularly in closed settings. So this year, we chose to team up with CharlotteSHOUT! to present the Festival of India under its umbrella on September 25, 2021, and collaborate on doing the Festival of India at Gateway Village in uptown Charlotte, because this venue offers many more flexible social distancing options.

We strongly believe that this is a unique facility with both open and covered spaces, with CharlotteSHOUT! planning to build a large stage with state-of-the-art sound system there. It offers lots of creative flexibility in reconfiguring our exhibits and also allows appropriate levels of social distancing for visitors. This will be a marquee event for CharlotteSHOUT that day, and we are excited about this collaborative endeavor.

For developing details, please visit us here or at www.CharlotteShout.com.

2020 FOI Chairperson


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


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

Website Management

Rajesh Muthuraman rajesh.muthuraman@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordination

Sakshi Kulsheshtra skul11@yahoo.com