Originally created 08/24/06

India Day benefits nonprofit organizations



The Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University will be the stage Saturday for food, clothing and dancing from India.

The 15th annual India Day will begin with food and exhibitions followed by a cultural program.

Geeta Talukdar, the president of the Indo-American Cultural Association, said the free event is held to showcase Indian arts and culture and to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Saturday's event also will include a free health fair.

This year, money raised through food and ad sales will go to Child Enrichment, Safe Homes and Augusta State's literacy programs, Mrs. Talukdar said.

"The event is for a very good cause," she said. "We will show Indian culture and an integration with American art and culture."

Foods will include Tandoori chicken, curry chicken, rice pilaf with chicken or with vegetables, desserts and samosa, a dish that is similar to a burrito with a vegetable filling, Mrs. Talukdar said.

"Every year, everybody who comes to this show enjoys Indian food," she said. "Not just Indians; Americans, everyone enjoys it. We also keep pizza so if children don't want (the cultural dishes) they can have pizza."

Items featured at the exhibition will include Indian arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry.

The program will feature Indian, classical and folk dances, plus a fusion dance of Indian folk and American jazz choreographed by Mrs. Talukdar. Augusta West Dance Studio will perform a lyrical ballet.

The event has drawn as many as 700 people, who come from as far as Atlanta, she said.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: 15th annual India Day

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

COST: Free

telephone: (706) 868-7933