INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE - Announcement of FOI Glimpses

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE    Announcement of FOI Glimpses     11-02-2021

As we indicated in our Press Release of 8/23/2021, that after Charlotte Center City Partners decided to postpone all events under the Charlotte SHOUT initiative this year, we followed their lead and decided to cancel our Festival of India, that we had rescheduled for September 25, 2021 at the Gateway Village Uptown.

FOI is a sheer labor of love for our all volunteer team, and we have been heartened by the continuing support and encouragement of all our ardent sponsors.

Even though we were very disappointed, our team is passionate about our mission, and were clamoring to persevere, and they have been working hard on a virtual "Glimpses of the Festival of India" event, based on the theme of celebrating a very popular Indian festival called Diwali. We are delighted to present a video recording of that live event here at:

Hope you enjoy the video presentation and walk away with a tiny glimpse of our rich cultural heritage? In the process, we also take pride in keeping the spirit of Festival of India alive here, and are committed to continuing our annual festival Uptown, next Fall. We pledge to keep you informed as we start planning for that early next year, and will keep you updated with the latest on this website.

Special Theme Exhibit - Fabrics & Textiles of India



India has been well known for textiles since millennia. The origin of Indian textiles can be traced to the Indus valley civilization as early as 5th millennium BC. The people of that civilization used homespun cotton for weaving their garments and used indigo to color their fabric. Textiles have played an important role in trade and commerce in India, China and Egypt, as evidenced by archaeological finds of Indian textiles at many old sites. It would not be an exaggeration to say that India continues to be a textile hub and there are thousands of fabric clusters, that weave and produce the most beautiful fabrics that mesmerize our senses.

Festival of India is showcasing this special exhibit about fabrics of India. You will get a feel for the variety of different fabrics, styles and embroideries. There will also be a live display of some of the styles. Garments today leverage both Handloom and Power loom, and Handloom caters to a niche eclectic market in global couture. This special exhibit is a way to showcase another aspect of the rich cultural heritage of India.

Cultural Exhibit – Landmarks of India


It is difficult to choose a few landmarks from such a diverse heritage, that has a history going back to 5000 years since the time of Mohanjodaro. We bring you the best of India’s culture and civilization as represented by the timeless cultural exhibits of Taj Mahal in the NORTH, Howrah Bridge in the EAST, Gateway of India in the WEST and Meenakshi Temple in the SOUTH!



A very sensuous garment worn by women, the Sari consisting of a length of lightweight fabric with one end wrapped about the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head. Come to this exhibit and learn how to put on this native attire that flatters any shape!



Yoga Exhibit

Is a system of physical, mental and spiritual practices which have been traced back to pre-Vedic times (500 BCE) in the Indian subcontinent. Over the centuries, its practice has been adapted and assimilated by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Today, its use has become widespread among the religious and the secular alike. Displays in this exhibit cover a wide range of general themes like history of yoga and its different varieties and also more specific themes, like chakra and yogic therapies. Yoga experts will be at hand to answer your questions.




Is the application of Henna as a temporary form of body art sometimes called Henna Tattoos. Come have your hands adorned with intricate traditional patterns at minimal cost.