Festival of India spreads its wings to the Town of Matthews 

After two successful years of partnership with the Town of Matthews in their cultural diversity initiatives, we are excited to announce our 3rd Regional Festival of India @ Matthews. This is intended to be a one-day event in an open setting in downtown Matthews, with focus on live performances of Indian Dance forms in the Stumptown Park. Here are key details about the festival.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, from Noon to 6 PM
Location: Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews, NC 28105
Admission: Free
Parking: Ample free public parking is available around the venue site.

The key components of the event include:

  • Dance performances
  • Cultural exhibits
  • Visual art gallery and kids' interactive art corner
  • Indian Food Court & Souvenir Bazaar
  • Henna Tattoos, Saree wearing & Turban tying

This event is organized by the India Association of Charlotte, in active partnership with the Town of Matthews, and is supported by grant assistance from the Arts & Science Council.

Key Contacts:
Overall Lead (FOI): Niketa Mittal niketamanish@gmail.com
Event Lead (Regional FOI @ Matthews): Manisha Kulshrestha mkulshres@gmail.com
Event Co-Lead (Town of Matthews): Melissa Johnson mjohnson@matthewsnc.gov

 

Key Information for Participants:

Registration for this event starts on February 6, 2024. To register, please contact the team leads as follows:

Please note that the FOI Website may not show the latest information or status about this event. For any details or questions, contact the event lead, Manisha Kulshrestha (Cell: 609-216-2485).

We look forward to seeing you all for a day of fun for the whole family in the charming setting of downtown Matthews!

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.