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.

Souvenirs at the Festival

Fashion

     

 

Indian clothes are very colorful and have gained immense popularity all around the word. The quintessential Indian dress for women is the  ageless Saree, with Salwar Kameez growing as a more pragmatic choice in modern times.

The Saree has been a favorite of Indian women over the millenia and is normally six meters long, although that can vary some for custom designs. The Saree is draped around the waist with one end going over the shoulders, and the other around the waist. The Saree is worn along with a Petticoat and a Blouse. The Petticoat is the inner wear below the waist area while the Blouse covers the top body area and the Saree is draped over it. The Saree flatters any shape and highlights grace, elegance and the essence of Indian tradition. The Saree has variants from various states across India, with different fabrics, prints and embroidery.

The Salwar Kameez dates back to the 12th century and has evolved with new designs, styles, to cater to the taste of modern Indian and Western women. Variations of this are worn for casual living, office wear, wedding, parties, and other functions. The Salwar Kameez has three components - the trouser called Salwar that is tied by a string, the top shirt called Kameez, which flows down to the knees, and the Dupatta that is a free flowing fabric about two meters long.

Indian Jewellery

  

Indian Jewellry is worn at home, work and at special events like weddings. Indian Jewelry has been an intrinsic part of Indian culture & heritage, and when worn during a weddings or festivals, is considered very auspicious and signifies the richness or status of the person wearing it. Mostly the jewelry is made from 22 carat gold with inlayed precious stones like diamonds, rubies & kundan to make it even more attractive. Indian Jewelry offers a variety of designs from traditional Indian to modern Western styles and includes necklaces, earrings, nose rings, anklets, and bangles or bracelet.

Handicrafts

    

The concept of decorating our homes with handicrafts, is a tradition that has been alive and thriving for thousands of years in India. Handicraft artifacts, which represent richness of Indian cultural heritage, values and customs, help make an Indian home connect with one’s roots. One of the world's oldest handicrafts is Dhokra - a sort of metal casting that has been used in India for over 4,000 years.

Animal images particularly elephants, a symbol of prosperity, are used in very many decorative artifacts. Variety of handcrafted products inspired by arts like Blue Pottery, Dhokra, Meenakari, Bamboo & Cane craft, Wooden Carvings, Ceramic art, Kantha Embroidery and Block Printing are also very popular. There are unique designs in décor that include wall hangings, carved wooden figurines, wall paintings, traditional Indian paintings, and a lot more, that give a home a spectacular look.