The Festival of India at Canalside Gives a Glimpse of Indian Culture and Buffalo’s Indian Community
By: Brendan McDonough
The dark clouds couldn’t dampen the spirits of dozens of people at the 2nd annual Festival of India. At Canalside people of all ages gathered to celebrate culture, diversity and family fun.
“This event is basically designed to promote the India’s arts and culture. We are very excited that we are getting a lot of support from local businesses and local government” said Sibu Nair, President of the India Association of Buffalo. The theme is year was Unity in Diversity. In honor of the event the Peace Bridge was lit with the colors of the Indian flag.
The Indian mela (Sanskrit for ‘fair’ or ‘gathering’) had everything from traditional song and dance, face painting, cuisine, cultural shows and even yoga. It also offered performances of various Indian dances, including Bollywood numbers and classical folk dances from different parts of India.
With the festival, the organization also hopes to show off the work Buffalo’s Indian community does beyond this one event.
“Last year we initiated a project, [the] Turkey Drive for City Mission. [We] raised more than we expected and we donated almost 300 turkeys. Everything came from the community, “sad Nair.
As for next year, organizers are hoping the event will be even bigger and better.