Update on the 26th Festival of India-2021

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE  -  Press Release 2-12-2021

Covid has drastically impacted our very way of life. And after the trauma of having to cancel our annual Festival of India 2020, we have started planning for our festival this year. In our frequent interaction with our key partners like BPAC, CRVA etc., about their view of customer sentiment, we all share a sense that visitor confidence continues to improve as vaccine penetration grows within our community. But no credible data to help predict how folks even after having received the Covid vaccines, would psychologically feel about attending crowded events in the Fall time frame. Our challenge is to predict visitor sentiment about events in closed indoor settings, as against experiences in a totally open outdoors setting.

We continue to work with Belk Theater as well as other open venues like County Parks, but they are also struggling with making firm commitments right now, for the September/October time frame.

Our intent is to drive a festival this year, even though the venue, duration and timing may need to be different from what we have done in the past.

Our priority in doing the event is to focus on the health and safety of our visitors, our performers, our volunteers and all other stakeholders.

We hope to make a decision as soon as our venue partners respond with some firm commitments, and will update this posting as things develop. This is a plea to please check back here frequently for the latest status on Festival of India 2021

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 aparikh@carolina.rr.com 
Ashish Mishra emishra@gmail.com
Ashrito Dayal adayal@carolina.rr.com 
Guna Kommareddi gkommareddi@gmail.com
Lal Vishin clvsue@gmail.com
Sushant Mehta esushant@davidson.edu 
Toni Sawhney toni.sawhney@gmail.com


Guna Kommareddi gkommareddi@gmail.com

Sponsor Liaison

Toni Sawhney toni.sawhney@gmail.com
Ashrito Dayal a1dayal@gmail.com
Kathleen Desai  kathleen.desai@baml.com
Priti Doshi pritihd@hotmail.com
Sonia Peters speters@bofa.com

Public Relations

Arun Kallikadavil arun.kallikadavil@gmail.com
Niveditha Sathyanarayana niveditanarayana@gmail.com
Himanshu Gupta himanshu0309@gmail.com
Sudev Rajah sudev@klubventures.com
Manoj Ghangas manoj.ghangas@gmail.com
Shefalee Patel shefalee.patel@gmail.com
Padma Balusu padma6104@gmail.com

City Coordination

Ashrito Dayal adayal@carolina.rr.com

Indoor Coordination

Performing Arts

Manisha Kulshrestha mkulshres@gmail.com 
Sushila Kallikadavil sushiladevi_k@yahoo.com
Sneha Shah sneha.s2@gmail.com
Manoj Singh manojmsingh@gmail.com

Kids Art Corner

Tejal Kothari tokothari@yahoo.com
Shweta Katakwar shwetakatakwar@yahoo.com

States Exhibit

Gita Ghiloria fine.art.gita@gmail.com
Neelam Jain neelamjainjain@yahoo.com 
Lakshmi Lakkadi laxmilakkadi@gmail.com
Srilakshmi Gunda srisartclt@gmail.com

Other Exhibit

Special Exhibit

Kalindi Naik kalindimnaik@gmail.com
Manu Naik manupnaik@gmail.com
Jaspal Attrey rattrey@aim.com

School Exhibits

Veena Hari veena_hari@yahoo.com
Niketa Mittal niketamanish@gmail.com
Amit Kaul kaul.amit@gmail.com
Pam Batra batra.pam@gmail.com
Maria Zancanaro marz@carolina.rr.com

Mehndi, Saree & Turban

Art Gallery

Rupam Verma rupam.rahul@gmail.com 
Sudeshna Kumar sudeshnadm@gmail.com 
Shefalee Patel shefalee@yahoo.com 

Kids Art competition

Swati Yadav swatiy16@gmail.com
Priyanka Mandal mandalpriya1@gmail.com

Charlotte Indian Idol

Rajiv Saddy rsaddy@yahoo.com

Outdoor Coordination

Deven Thaker dthaker@netdoor.com

Food Court

 Ashish Mishra ashish@mishraarch.com

Souvenir Bazaar

Poonam Singh milisingh08@gmail.com
Bharti Agrawal Bhartia14@gmail.com

Asset Management

Sushant Mehta esushant@gmail.com
Manish Mittal mittalmanish@gmail.com

Website Management

Rajesh Muthuraman rajesh.muthuraman@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordination

Sakshi Kulsheshtra skul11@yahoo.com