India Fest

www.sfindiafest.org

ABOUT

What started out as just a commitment to educate the people of South Florida about the culture of India, has turned out to be a smashing annual event. The goal of IndiaFest was to educate the non-Indian and Indian communities of the rich heritage, culture, and traditions of India. We wanted to portray the differences in music, dance, clothing and food by region, but still show that India stands as one.

The idea took birth in late October 2003. Ankur Patel, with the blessing of the Palm Beach India Association, who is the host for this event, formed an independent IndiaFest committee to achieve these goals. The date and venue were decided as February 14th, 2004 at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach.

To make sure IndiaFest stuck to its goals, guidelines for the show and vendors were set. The idea was to portray the traditional side of India, not the current pop culture which anyone can see on TV or Youtube. So, for the programs, It was decided to limit one dance per region/state/type of dance and not allow Hindi movie songs. Indiafest was able to procure the following different dances: Bhangra, Raas, Koli Dance (Marathi), Rajasthani Dance, Naga Dance, Thillana, Dashavataram, Kavadi, Kathak, Orriyan Folk Dance, a Flower Dance, and a Peacock dance. Indiafest also got classical musicians that played the sitar, the dholak, the tabla, the mudran, and the flute to come and perform.

For the vendors, the aim was to keep it non-commercialized and keep only Indian related booths. So the booths mostly consisted of jewelry, clothing, arts and craft, sculptures, and food.

The event turned out to be a huge success. There were over 3000 people in attandance. The Mayor of West Palm Beach at the time, Lois J. Frankel, attended for over 2 ½ hours and spoke briefly. There were also representatives from Congressmen Hastings and Congressmen Foley’s offices. The deputy consulate general of India from Houston, Mr. Koli also attended the event and spoke briefly. The event was covered on all three network affiliates in their 6 o’clock and 11 o’clock news. There were also representatives from the Palm Beach post who attended and wrote up an article for the event.

The best part of that event, which truly signifies the success, is that everybody was happy and had a big smile on their faces. This was true with the vendors, the participants, and the people attending the event.

Over the years, IndiaFest has gotten bigger and bigger and has become an Annual Event that people mark on their Calendars . Average attendance is over 15,000 people and people from all over the State travel to come enjoy the event and learn more about Indian Culture.

HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIAFEST 2016

IndiaFest 2016 was held on February 20th, 2016 from 10 AM – 10 PM at the beautiful Myer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. The event included performances by various artists including Toronto’s nightingale Jonita Gandhi, YouTube sensation Vidya Vox and DJ Sanjoy Deb. For the first time, Hopping Chef’s award-winning Chef Michael Swamy showcased exotic cuisines at IndiaFest. There were Cultural performances, Cooking shows, Yoga sessions, Henna tattoos, Ethnic cuisine and vendor stalls featuring Indian clothes and handicrafts and more during this all-day event.

INDIAFEST 2017 PROGRAM

Date Time Venue
Saturday, February 18, 2017  10 AM – 10 PM Meyer Ampitheater
105 Evernia St,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Contact Us

Palm Beach India Association
P O Box 31225
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420-1225
info@gopbia.org

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