The Festival Of India featuring a warm welcome, fabulous food, a fascinating array of music & dance and a great variety of workshops.
WHERE: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West (just east of Elgin Street) WHEN:
Friday, August 9 to Sunday August 11, 2013
The Festival of India’s second edition will burst into life in the heart of Ottawa – at City Hall - on August 9, 10 and 11. Expect a warm welcome, fabulous food and a fascinating array of music, dance (both classical and Bollywood) and a great variety of workshops. Join Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, the Indian High Commissioner, Nirmal Verma, and the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner, Philip Anthony Buxo, in opening the festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Highlights include the renowned Vancouver-based Punjabi Celtic fusion group Delhi2Dublin, Juno nominated Autorickshaw, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award winning Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and many more. As a guest at typically riotous Indian wedding you will be caught up in a dizzying blast of colour, ritual, music and dancing. If you participate in the wildly colourful Holi event wear washable clothes! Workshops will introduce you to yoga, Indian cooking, both classical and Bollywood dancing, henna and much more. At the Six Yards of Delight workshop you’ll master the elegant art of wearing a saree. Guests can learn about Indian spices, ayurveda, travel photography and much more. The Festival of India is honoured to be hosting presentations by renowned author Philip Goldberg on Globalization of the Culture of India. Another highlight will be the Ottawa premiere of Queens University professor, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Reena Kukreja’s new film Tied in a Knot which explores the impact of gender selection, lopsided sex ratios and the resultant practice of acquiring cross regional brides based on research in 226 north Indian villages. The festival will provide guests with a memorable taste of Indian culture – and looking forward to the 2014 event! CONTACTS: Gautam Subra, 613-769-6754 WEBSITE:
Bala Madaparthi, 613-304-3436