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.
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!
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 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.
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.