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 ("

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.

Charlotte Welcoming Week

Event - Virtual Festival of India 

We are honored to be part of the Welcoming Week celebrations in Charlotte. Here is a presentation curated to highlight key facets of our annual Festival of India, that we had to cancel this year for the first time in 25 years, because of pandemic related challenges.

The exhibit 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 it also offers you a broad view of the activities within the festival itself, by displaying 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 content is in eight segments and here is a link to those. Please play each segment in the order listed  and enjoy!

Virtual Festival Of India


2020 FOI Chairperson


Amit Parikh 
Ashish Mishra
Ashrito Dayal 
Guna Kommareddi
Lal Vishin
Sushant Mehta 
Toni Sawhney


Guna Kommareddi

Sponsor Liaison

Toni Sawhney
Ashrito Dayal
Kathleen Desai
Priti Doshi
Sonia Peters

Public Relations

Arun Kallikadavil
Niveditha Sathyanarayana
Himanshu Gupta
Sudev Rajah
Manoj Ghangas
Shefalee Patel
Padma Balusu

City Coordination

Ashrito Dayal

Indoor Coordination

Performing Arts

Manisha Kulshrestha 
Sushila Kallikadavil
Sneha Shah
Manoj Singh

Kids Art Corner

Tejal Kothari
Shweta Katakwar

States Exhibit

Gita Ghiloria
Neelam Jain 
Lakshmi Lakkadi
Srilakshmi Gunda

Other Exhibit

Special Exhibit

Kalindi Naik
Manu Naik
Jaspal Attrey

School Exhibits

Veena Hari
Niketa Mittal
Amit Kaul
Pam Batra
Maria Zancanaro

Mehndi, Saree & Turban

Art Gallery

Rupam Verma 
Sudeshna Kumar 
Shefalee Patel 

Kids Art competition

Swati Yadav
Priyanka Mandal

Charlotte Indian Idol

Rajiv Saddy

Outdoor Coordination

Deven Thaker

Food Court

 Ashish Mishra

Souvenir Bazaar

Poonam Singh
Bharti Agrawal

Asset Management

Sushant Mehta
Manish Mittal

Volunteer Coordination

Sakshi Kulsheshtra

Website Management

Rajesh Muthuraman